I don’t believe that people are born trainers. You can develop yourself as a trainer. I certainly stumbled into it and discovered that I love it.
— Bart Brammer, Independent Technology Trainer
In this week’s episode, you get to meet Bart Brammer, a long-time technology trainer from Tennessee USA. As Bart explains, he works 100% as a freelance Associate Trainer.
Rather than pursue his own direct clients, he prefers to work with training providers who in turn hire him to to train their clients.
Bart tells the story of how he was an NCO in the US military years ago, when he attended a class which was being delivered by a military trainer.
Unfortunately, the trainer in question was not doing a particularly good job. Bart suggested to the trainer that the trainer should try and lighten things up.
As you can imagine, the trainer became more than a little upset. He told Bart that if he liked, Bart should come to the front of the class and see if he could do a better job than the trainer.
Bart did just that and found that he rather liked training a lot.
Bart’s interview is full of tips and observations about the pros and cons of being a ‘road-warrior’ or someone who spends much of their professional life travelling from training venue to training venue.
Bart quite likes the fact that he has the opportunity to visit many cities and see new places.
Biggest takeaways you don’t want to miss:
- How Bart came to be be involved in training via the Military
- Why the best trainers aren’t ‘born’, yet not everyone can be ‘made’ a trainer
- Why Bart has eschewed direct clients and prefers to work as a freelance trainer
- How Bart decides which training vendors he wants to work with
- What the typical trainer audition process is when working with training vendors
- Why Bart considers himself a ‘road-warrior’ who likes to travel
- What the most important question to ask on a training evaluation sheet is
- What Bart would do differently if he were to start all over again
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