Shift From Sales To Training - CiteHR
Praveen Kumar Kambhampati
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Hi iam from chennai,I ve put in 8 yrs of exp in insurance sales n now i would want to gain entry in to insurance training,I took up couple of interviews also but no feed back as yet,kindly share your thoughts on this note(most of the times its like companies are preferring to hire a person who has already put in exp in training...
Hi,

The primary requirement to be a trainer is good communication skills and loads of self confidence. If you have these, then focus on those topics that you are familiar with, confident about, passionate about or have a good grounding in. Keep updating yourself by reading extensively and start outlining the broad course contents keeping in mind the type of audience you are likely to address. In particular pay attention to the type of exercise, examples, activities that you will use during the program to reinforce a point or make the learning relevant.

If you have no corporate training experience, ideally take a few sessions for post graduate students in colleges or for social service clubs like Lions and Rotary's so that you gain in experience and also can fine tune your material. Once you are confident, approach a few corporates and the first few training programs are vital for future reference and for your own confidence.

If possible attend a Train The Trainers (TTT) program and also be a participant in a couple of corporate training programs so that you have a better understanding of how the sessions are conducted. I would also urge you to also go through the syllabus of Indian Society for Training and Development headquartered in New Delhi and I am sure if you do the course it would add weight to your resume and possibly help you get a few opportunities in T&D in the corporate world.

I would also invite you to visit the following Inspirational and Motivational Blogs

www.actspot.wordpress.com - Over 68,000 views and 485 followers
www.poweract.blogspot.com - Over 19,000 views and 140 followers

Best Wishes

Vidhya,
The toughest training an employee can get is to get sales training and hands-on. You have been a successful sales person for a long time. Why don't you try out sales jobs on other products and services for probably larger brands. A lot of us do the talking but when it comes to selling we are so doubtful about it. You have the skills and what it takes to sell and hence i suggest make best use of it. As you gain more experience ( say about 10-15 years) you would by default become a trainer sharing various experiences and case studies from your career.
If you seek Trainer career now, you would be competing with those who are more sophisticated in training with or without required hands-on-experience in the domain. This is my honest opinion.
Otherwise, I agree with the posting of Jacob above. That's a great advise i would say, to be a successful trainer.

Thank you Mr.Jacob,for your reply,it is very useful to me,its like kind of eye-opener to me,I find so many valuable points in your feedback, to start as a corporate trainer.
I thank also Mr.Praveen for sharing your thoughts about shifting later,but I feel having done sales so long,I wish to get shifted at this point in time
Thanks both of u,for your feedback:)
vidhya

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