I’m a Widyaiswara, or a corporate trainer in Ministry of Finance RI. Many people just know me as a lecturer or even a teacher. Well, they are not totally wrong, coz a corporate trainer is essentially a teacher who works in a corporate setting, spending days training employees on new skills, strategies and systems relevant to their business needs. I see myself more as an educator or instructor who works in a business setting. And to be a Widyaiswara like me you must really love helping people, cause our trainees are mostly demanding.
I got my certified professional trainer from LAN (National Administration) in 2005, that’s the beginning of my corporate trainer career. What people don’t really know is that I hold a CTT (Certified Train the Trainers) license in 2012, you can only see that title on my business card actually 😀 , and since then I have conducted TOT trainings nation wide, as a teacher trainer . Assignments to train MOF staffs to become the next trainers keep coming to me, although I don’t really see myself as a very good role model (honestly 😀 ). But I really like to see others succeed and bring out the best in them to meet business needs. And most importantly, I love to learn many things all the time. As you know, business is so dynamic, it keeps changing, which means the nature of my training will change as well.
I just wanna share you things that you’ll experience once you become a corporate trainer.
- Travel a lot and meet more people. Yup, cause business prefers in house trainings and that means you have to come to the locations that need your service. And if you can balance your time as a trainer and a traveler who can explore nice places, it’s so rewarding experience.
- Stand in front of many people and let them judge you. Yup, you must enjoy your public speaking, cause audiences will be judging you actually. I handle this by keeping in mind that what I’m delivering in class is something that helps my trainees reach and exceed their potentials, so I go easy with whatever reactions I got.
- Set aside your ego cause you are not always the expert. Sometimes your trainees are more senior than you are and even more knowlegeable. Just show no fear, have acceptance of yourself and everyone we work with. After all, we can always learn from anybody, including from our trainees…
- Feel awesome when someone gets it. Well, this won’t happen with everyone in our class, and it won’t happen with every class. But when I realize that something I said is making some people change the way they look at something, and I can watch that change happen right in front of my eyes, it’s so awesome!
- Do something irrelevant probably. I call that an attempt to build rapport with my trainees, cause I don’t really like the rigid separation of trainer and trainees. So you need to occasionally drop the formality or throw in a joke. For sure you need to try and experiment many icebreakers and energizer methods in your class.
- Develop your consultation skills. That’s because you have to relate to a variety of people and be able to help them with the specific and so unique problems they have. I build my listening skills and now I can also ask deeper questions and to converse better with others.
Are there still more to those I mentioned? For sure yes. If you want to know more, let’s just talk more about it in my TOT classes. The only way to learn to be a trainer is to jump on in and see what happens . So, see ya!!