Dear friends,
I am Neelam currently working with SP Jain Institute of Management and Research , Mumbai as a Research Assistant.
Keen in working in the field of training, just a few querries..
1) How should I go about it???
2) How helpful will it be ,doing a course in Training from ISTD Delhi.
It will be great if you'llcould please help!

From India, Mumbai
Consulting, Research, Hrm & Training
Training, Operations, Risk Assessment, Whs
Ramesh Rajagopal
Sr. Manager-business Excellence
Research Assistant

Ramesh Rajagopal

Hi Neelam,
It is a very wide area. Need to know what is your area of specialization
You can become a good trainer provided
1) You are passionate about this field - There are many trainers in all the areas but only few of them are successful trainers. It requires lot of skills like Communication, Presentation etc....( Technical skills for technical trainers)
Your success depends on how you do it differently ( Your USP ).
Ex: Stephen Covey, Arindam Chaudary, Shiv Khera ......
2) Getting academic knowledge & degrees is not difficult compare to performing in practical situations. Achievement of training objective is one of the biggest challenge today. Many companies measure ROI on training.
Training field is a very exiting area where you can learn & share your knowledge everyday. A bit of caution - Everyone may not suit this field.Refer point 1.

From Singapore, Singapore
Thanks dear for your response.
I am very much passionate about this field,but have no experience at all.
I was thinking about joining as an assistant in training in an organisation, learn how exactly everything is done.
Now as I have no experience what chance do I stand in entering this field????????
I'll attach my resume for your reference.

From India, Mumbai
Ramesh Rajagopal

Hi Neelam, After going through your Resume, I can tell you where you will suit & how to reach there. RGDS Ramesh
From Singapore, Singapore

Hi Neelam,

This is Himanshu and am in Training & Development field from last 6 years.

According to me to be a trainer you should see yourself interested in communicating, reading, listening & observation. If this interests you then your first step for identifying yourself as a trainer material is checked.

In matters of professional training institutes like ISTD, they are of great help, however they do not guarantee a great trainer out of them. They provide good learning exposure and environment. But that's not the only way to become a good trainer (frankly speaking I haven't been to any professional training institute). Most important is that you take up training which you are interested to train upon. For e.g. I was interested in soft skill training so I took up training and exposure in soft skills. I read good articles, practices, books, I see movies, surf websites related to my training material and equip my self for the same. So that way you need to strategise your growth and knowledge bank some way.

My advice to you would be identify a role model in training and get trained under him/her for the skill/knowledge that you want to train people for. Don't copy or enact him/her but definately keep an eye on what are the best and effective methodology that he/she uses in the training program. Learn different trends in training, Learn the art of knowing people and getting to talk to them. Learn to be a patient listener. Learn to communicate effectively. Later if you want to take up training programs from ISTD that would be advicable but not at the initial stage.

Have a great time and hope I was able to provide an appropriate answer to your query.



From India, Mumbai

Dear Neelam,

A good question to ask - meaning till date not many have stumbled upon a "right" answer. The point is there is no "right" answer. Its only about what works for you- that becomes your method.

ISTD is more like a license. Not having it really doesn't make any difference - however having it wouldn't do much either except for the fact that once your resume talks about you holding that Diploma it means you are aware how to run a T&D department along with necessary protocols which also covers a great deal of HR subjects.

If you want to get into training and provided that you have the time to experiment you can begin to conduct small workshops. Now, there's always been a question of what to do - whether a behavioral workshop or a technical workshop should be conducted. Whatever your choice maybe ask the question "why should someone come to you or accept your services or for the matter - even listen and look upon you as trainer?". You have a reason - then find a method to do it!

If you are still studying conduct small workshops in your college with fellow students or juniors. If in an Organization take up an initiative to do a workshop for your select employees (say 3-5). That will give you a start and a mental readiness (attitude) what to go for and how to go about it.

That is a good way to start. Another wild way to go for it is to find a trainer (who has a name in the industry) and become his assitant - yep you got it right.

Work for a small fee ofcourse but your objective is to learn how things work from backstage. While you co-ordinate and handle the business development for them suggest him/her ways of how a ceratin thing could have made an impact in their program content. Once you get there you will know what to say. Get their buy-in to allow you to conduct basic ice-breakers before he runs the show.

Its like the concert act - you do the opening act and then give it to the lead Band to do their bit. You get noticed , you make contacts. Time to use them.

This is a very generic view and I might like to talk of it as a guiding framework of how you can "be" in this field or simply where to start.

Other posters will have much to add to this. You know you can ask around which are good courses to start with if you want to do Behavioral training. Do a couple of recognized courses from them and then we can hear about you on ASTD or Introducing India's leading trainer ... 8)

Best Wishes


From India, Mumbai
Thanks all my dear friends
after reading your replies I feel energised and motivated.
I want to go in for Behavioural training.( however i have no experience as such but read many motivational books)
I've also done a TA 101 course ( Transactional Analysis) .
You know friends, I was also thinking of joining as an assistant somewhere? I've posted my resume in and monster too but Unfortunately no response.
Can you suggest some companies in Mumbai!
It will be of great help.

From India, Mumbai

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