Whether you are a freelance trainer or you are your company’s trainer, admit it, there are a lot of perks that go with this job. Here is my Top 10 list.
10. HAVE A CELEBRITY STATUS
You get to be popular. You have photo opp with everyone before, during and after the training. Your face is all over Facebook, twitter, instagram because your participants post to their own social media pages. You’re like a celebrity.
9. EXPERIENCE FREE TRAVEL
You travel for free. Sometimes, the training is held out-of-town or out-of-the country. You then get to visit different provinces or countries where the training is to be held. Your client flies you to the venue all expenses paid plus you even get to have a free tour within the province or the city if time permits.
8. GET FIRST CLASS ACCOMMODATION FOR FREE
You experience first class accommodation, again, for free. As the trainer, you are seen as the ‘star of the show’; thus, you are given the best accommodation in the hotel, resort or in whatever venue set for the training event. You are reserved the best room; you are served the best food (you can even request if you have a specific preference); and you are treated as the VIP by both the organizing team and the participants.
7. HEIGHTEN YOUR BUSINESS AWARENESS
You get to know different businesses. It’s always a business exposure and appreciation session every time you do a Needs Analysis discussion with the clients. You also get to know a variety of industries. You get to have a glimpse of different businesses’ history, business challenges as well as triumphs. You get to have so much of learning and of inspiration to wake that entrepreneurial side of you. If, in the future, you then decide to build a business of your own, you can always take reference from these businesses’ stories.
6. NETWORK WITH THE BIG BOSSES
You get to collaborate with the big wigs of corporations, big and small alike. You meet with the members of the client company’s management team to talk about and collaborate on their people development requirements. You work closely with the HR Manager and/or the Training and Development Head to plan, organize and deliver the training program successfully. When you are able to deliver the training effectively and the management team sees the results, then you are seen as a worthy external business partner, able to contribute to the company’s growth and development through.
5. HAVE A WIDER NETWORK OF CONNECTIONS
With being a trainer, you network with the who’s who of the training and development industry. Being in the industry, there are several occasions where you get to meet and greet other trainers, speakers and coaches. These are conventions and conferences here and abroad. You also get to meet the big names in the training and development industry. There are projects where you sometimes collaborate with other trainers. With these collaborations, you even develop close ties with them.
4. EXPERIENCE FREE LEARNING SESSIONS WITH THE EXPERTS/GURUS
You get to learn from the experts for free. Networking and creating close ties with your co- trainers and speakers always provide a very good venue for learning and upskilling – be it in the topic that they teach, in their training techniques or regarding their training business strategy (for those who are business owners). It’s always a learning experience when trainers commune.
3. SET YOUR OWN RATE
If you are a freelance trainer, you set your own rate. If you’re able to already establish yourself as a guru in your industry or niche, then you’re able to name your price for as a trainer or as a resource speaker. For those who are newbie, don’t worry, the newbie rate is still way beyond what you get for an employee paycheck.
2. HAVE YOUR OWN WORK SCHEDULE
This is so true for freelance trainers as well. You get to set your own work schedule. You don’t have to work every day. You decide when you will work and when you will rest. It all depends on your financial targets.
1. BE A POSITIVE INFLUENCE
When you’re a trainer, believe me, you have that influence over others. This, for me, is the most important reward, not necessarily,a perk. How many of us get to influence other people toward becoming a better version of themselves on a regular basis than a trainer? For me, to experience that meaningful human interaction in every training session is something that I so look forward to because it is a chance to positively influence and make a difference in this world. Also, through these interactions,, you, the trainer, also learn a lot in the process. You learn from the experiences of your participants, and you then get to enrich yourself as well, both as a trainer and as a person. To know that you’ve helped a person improve his attitude, his behavior or his skills, and at the same time improving your own is indeed the best reward no amount of money can buy.