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Institute of IT Trainers - Freelance Trainer of the Year 2006 & 2009
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Welcome to our blog of scribbles and musings designed to share with YOU our insights, knowledge and experience from training, designing and writing reports using Crystal Reports, SQL Server Reporting Services and Crystal Dashboarding (Xcelsius) for our customers.

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10
October

42 Under 42 25th Anniversary Dinner

I am lucky enough to be part of the North West 42 under 42 alumni

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26
July

A - Z of a Successful Freelance IT Trainer: Z is for Zest

As a Freelance IT Trainer, your training proposition should be like lemon zest.

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11
July

A - Z of a Successful Freelance IT Trainer: Y is for Yes

Yes is such a small word, but to the freelance IT trainer, it means all the difference

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28
June

A - Z of a Successful Freelance IT Trainer: X is for Xtras

As a freelance trainer, it is always the little xtras that have made the difference.

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09
June

A - Z of a Successful Freelance IT Trainer: W is for Web Strategy

When it comes to budding and established freelance trainers and websites, I am asked a myriad of questions.

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31
May

A - Z of a Successful Freelance IT Trainer: V is for Volunteering

Although volunteering is ultimately viewed as an altruistic activity, for freelance trainers, it can present many hidden opportunities.

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25
May

A - Z of a Successful Freelance IT Trainer: U is for Understanding

The key thing to be successful at anything is understanding why one is doing something.

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17
May

A - Z of a Successful Freelance IT Trainer: T is for Training Needs Analysis

One of the major keys to successful stress-less freelance IT training is effective training needs analysis (TNA).

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11
May

A - Z of a Successful Freelance IT Trainer: S is for Specialising

I am constantly asked which is better being a generalist trainer or a specialist trainer?

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04
May

A - Z of a Successful Freelance IT Trainer: R is for Risk

For one to be a successful freelance IT trainer one must take on board risk.

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26
April

A - Z of a Successful Freelance IT Trainer: Q is for Questions, Questions, Questions

If you don't know something never assume anything always ask questions.

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19
April

A - Z of a Successful Freelance IT Trainer: P is for Public Relations (PR)

With so many freelance trainers out there one of things I get asked regularly, is How do I stand out?

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13
April

A - Z of a Successful Freelance IT Trainer: O is for Outsourcing

I have a simple philosophy when it comes to my business, do what I am fabulous at, and anything else I do not want to do or am less good at, pay someone else.

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07
April

A - Z of a Successful Freelance IT Trainer: N is for Networking

You may be the best IT trainer in whatever subject/software you deliver your training in, but if nobody knows who you are, it does not make any difference.

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29
March

A - Z of a Successful Freelance IT Trainer: M is for Motivation

Before becoming a freelance trainer, one needs to ask oneself, What is motivating you?

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23
March

A - Z of a Successful Freelance IT Trainer: L is for Learning

Learning is like Martinis, you can learn anytime, any place and any where.

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17
March

A - Z of a Successful Freelance IT Trainer: K is for Keep Going

As freelancers we face many challenges both training and non-training related, that at times can lead one to asking.....

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08
March

A - Z of a Successful Freelance IT Trainer: J is for Jump

In life there are no guarantees, but if you are going to become a freelance trainer, you really just got to make the jump.

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03
March

A - Z of a Successful Freelance IT Trainer: I is for Isolation

There are many positives to be a freelance trainer, such as the freedom and being in control of your own destiny, but one of the downsides that a lot of freelancers complain about is the isolation.

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22
February

A - Z of a Successful Freelance IT Trainer: H is for Happy Sheets

A trainer's reputation lives or dies by the happy sheets following an training event.

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17
February

A - Z of a Successful Freelance IT Trainer: G is for Generalist

There are two types of freelance trainers generalists and specialists, and I am constantly asked which is better?

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10
February

A - Z of a Successful Freelance IT Trainer: F is for FEAR

What is the BIGGEST obstacle to becoming a freelance trainer? FEAR!!!!

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02
February

A - Z of a Successful Freelance IT Trainer: E is for Equipment

I am frequently asked by trainers looking to become freelance IT trainers, What equipment will I need to start up with?

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26
January

A - Z of a Successful Freelance IT Trainer: D is for Daily Rate

As a freelance IT trainer, the most frequent question I am asked is What is a good daily rate to charge?

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18
January

A - Z of a Successful Freelance IT Trainer: C is for Contracts

So you have set up as an freelance IT trainer, the next thing you do is look for some customers to buy your training solutions, whether you are an associate trainer or dealing with clients directly, you will sooner or later come across a contract.

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12
January

A - Z of a Successful Freelance IT Trainer: B is for Business

In the second part of this series we will be looking at the business side of becoming a freelance IT trainer.

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05
January

A - Z of a Successful Freelance IT Trainer: A is for Associate

Over the last couple of months a number of IT trainers has asked about my experience of being a freelance IT trainer, so I decided to give my take on the roller coaster ride, that is the life of a freelance IT trainer.

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08
November

Are the Days of Community Social Responsibility and/or Volunteering Numbered?

I am not sure what David Cameron's Big Society is about, I am not even sure that 'Call me Dave' even knows, but if we are ALL going to get through the next couple of years, we all need to muck in within the community.

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19
April

A lesson in sales - Why do you buy the products and/or services you buy?

Why do you buy the products and/or services you buy? Another story about my experience of sales, as a customer.

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05
April

Know Your Customers

Earlier this year I was asked to talk about my experience of business support as part of the Know Your Customers - Delivering Inclusive Business Support in the North West project.

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03
April

A lesson in sales - The follow up call.......

I am a trainer by trade, but I know that sales is the real driver of my business. The follow up call is a chance to get a second bite of the cherry. If done right this can be an opportunity to get a new client.

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31
March

Struggling to find your next training assignment?

I have had a number of conversations with and emails from freelance trainers who are looking for training roles, short-term and long-term contracts and/or projects. So I thought in these tough times, I would produce a list of resources as a starting point to help other freelance trainers struggling to find work.

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15
February

A lesson in sales.......

I am no expert in sales, but as a trainer I am always looking for ways to learn from others.

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05
February

And the WINNER is.......

Last night was the UK's IT Training equivalent of the Oscars - The Institute of IT Training Awards 2010, at the Dorchester Hotel, London.

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27
January

Why are you NOT getting clients?

You are a fantastic trainer. You have spent time designing the ultimate course. Why are you not getting any clients?

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27
January

How effective is your training?

This week I had the task of replacing the soft top on my jeep.

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