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Archive for the ‘Freelance working’ Category

Oh dear, what a boo boo!

November 16, 2015

I was having a bad day, several things had gone wrong, I’d had a spat with my partner and was in no mood for more aggro. Then came the email. Sent to me from a large training company I was doing a lot of work for, the email queried why I’d sent only four of […]

Richard & Marina

October 19, 2015

As I head towards my 25th anniversary as a freelance trainer, my mind finds itself going back to my early days in the business and my first major client – a large regional newspaper group on the south coast. I’d made contact through a mailshot and follow up call, and was invited in to meet […]

Too old? Nah!

February 2, 2015

Some months back I was working on a course alongside another trainer. It was for a major client who usually likes to have two trainers as group sizes tend to be quite large. I’d never worked with this guy before, and to watch him run the programme was an absolute delight. He was energetic, sharp, humorous […]

A fine mess!

July 28, 2014

I messed up recently. Thankfully, it didn’t end up with major repercussions, but may well have done. A major training organisation I work with regularly  asked me to re-run a programme that had flopped badly for one of their key clients under the tutelage of another trainer. Flattered by such a request, I allowed my […]

Where are they now?

May 19, 2014

I wonder where they all are now? I wonder if they remember the time they spent with me? I wonder whether that time spent made a real and lasting difference to their lives? Do I ever come to mind at certain moments? Am I talking about ex girlfriends? Nope. I’m referring to people who have […]

That summer

January 20, 2014

Summer memories usually consist of sunshiney holidays, relaxing on the beach or having barbies in the garden. However, the summer of ’92 holds quite different memories for me……. It was July, and my bookings for training work were looking very lean. Financially the pot was dry. I’d just separated from my wife and we were in the […]

Second home

January 13, 2014

I’ve been preparing my accounts over the past few days in order to submit my tax return by the end of the month. The figures I need to put through pertain to work I carried out as long ago as two years back. You may think me odd when I say that doing these figures has, at […]

Under the covers

May 27, 2013

I certainly didn’t much feel like rolling out of bed this morning – for one thing it is a public holiday here in the UK today so I don’t “have to” go to work. Being self employed such holidays can easily pass me by. However, there can be the odd “ordinary” week day when I don’t much feel […]

The ultimate accolade!

May 6, 2013

I have won a Trainer of the Year award! I have to say that I can hardly believe it. Having worked in the field for well over two decades and having received consistently positive feedback over the years, I suppose I shouldn’t be quite so surprised.  It’s actually the first time this particular award has […]

That taxing time of year

January 21, 2013

With a fortnight to go until the deadline for tax return submission, I girded my loins a couple of days back and set about doing my annual accounts. The black cloud of “having” to get it done had just grown and grown in size in recent weeks, until it felt like a mammoth task . […]

Open for business?

November 21, 2011

   The other evening I was noodling around on my PC and popped into Twitter for the first time in weeks. I came across a link to a blog written by a guy in the States called Scott Ginsberg. I lazily started half reading the post and then a paragraph jumped out at me:  And […]

A lesson from The King

November 7, 2011

I have a strong need to be liked.  This applies in both my personal and professional life. Given this need it would be wonderful to know that I am liked by everyone. However,  I’m certain this will not be the case. It ain’t personal – I doubt there is anyone on the planet who is […]


April 25, 2011

A lighter tone for this week’s blog, given it’s a holiday. I guess food and drink may have figured highly during this Easter weekend, so thought I’d share a few stories of embarrassing situations I’ve encountered on this theme when running courses:   A Saucy Tale  I was getting my lunch at the restaurant on […]

Are you a business Lothario/Lothariette?

January 10, 2011

A few days ago I remembered an email I’d received a couple of months back from an old buddy of mine. I wasn’t reminded of it’s content, more of what he had written at the foot of his note, beneath his name.  “Aspiring to live in a way where everybody’s needs matter.”  I was really […]

Inspiration, intelligence & the bottom line

November 15, 2010

I received an email response to my last blog from a pal of mine who suggested I include some more on “the inspiration of running such courses”.  I was struck by this and realised it kind of went to the core of things. Why do I do this work for a living? I certainly gave […]

It was 20 years ago this week…..

November 8, 2010

  Wednesday 6 November 1990. The day I picked up the phone in my living room in Carshalton to make my very first prospecting call as a self employed training practitioner. I had never run a training course in  my life before. I’d been been made redundant and shuffled my way out through my employer’s […]