Can any one help me in knowing how to start my career as a soft skill trainer, the training methodology and process, should i go for any certification course for the same, if yes please let me know which trining consultant are good in chennai.
Thank you
Shobana Ganesh

From India, Chennai
International Corporate Trainer / Hr (od)
Executive Coach
Training, Motivational Speaker, Writing,
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At the outset let me compliment you on deciding to be a trainer. I am taking the liberty of adding my suggestions for your consideration.

To be a good trainer a prerequisite is good communication skills, and in particular effective presentation and public speaking skills. However, the heart and brains of the training still remains the domain knowledge but even the most knowledgeable person would fail miserably as a trainer without effective communications skills. However remember that in training your objective is not to outsmart or outwit the participants but to take them along. Ideally an MBA from a good institution and work experience would dramatically enhance your skill and effectiveness as a trainer and I would urge you to focus on that first before embarking on training career. However you must create/ find opportunities to begin your training quest perhaps by addressing social organizations like Rotary/ Lions clubs and also take sessions for college audiences.

To get the academic inputs on training you can do the course from Indian Society for Training and Development (ISTD) as planned. Alternatively you can also attend some Train The Trainer (TTT) programs offered by private institutions.

To get going, 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. I would also suggest that you attend some corporate training by professionals on topics of your interest to get a feel of how it is structured and delivered.

As mentioned earlier to make up for the lack of 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 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.

I would also invite you to visit the Inspirational and Motivational Blog listed at the end of this post which can also assist you in mission of becoming an effective trainer

Best Wishes

From India, Mumbai

Hi Kilama,
Please dont feel upset that I am pointing out something in your posting / query. If you want to become a trainer, first and foremost, your English communication should be good, or for that matter, in any language in which you want to become a trainer. I found two or three mistakes what we call Homophones - Weather and Whether is one. If you are preparing your own contents for training, then you should be more conscious and specific about spellings and grammar. Otherwise, the focus will be lost, when the participants start picking mistakes in your presentation / communication.
Best wishes

From India

Dear Shobana,

I work as a coach and a soft skill trainer and just like you I had decided that is what I would want to become at the beginning of my career.

Sharing the following points out of my experience and observation.

1. Do not settle for anything else but the profile you decided.

2. if you have done your masters in MBA, MA or something similar you don't need any certification for now, you are good to go.

3. Be clear with your basics, example, what do you mean by a soft skill trainer? what do you have to offer as a potential trainer, is it your command over English language, neutralizing accent etc.?

4. If you are aiming at big organizations, they normally demand for experienced trainers, however you can be a part of their team and help in other parts.

5. Any certification in India is good only when you have some experience.

6. Please read and keep yourself updated abt the training and development trends around the world, refer to sites like HBR and like.

Hope I could help you a bit.



From India, Pune

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