What Trainers Haven’t Told You So Far, part I. The Value of What You Learn.


I start today a series of articles organized in a table-like manner, starting from my own experiences:

  • As a participant in instruction/training sessions held by others;
  • As a consultant in training-related issues;
  • As a trainer

I have divided these ”manifestations of sincerity” into 5 main categories, which I will present during this series:

  1. The value of what you learn
  2. The learning experience itself
  3. The applicability of what you learn
  4. Time management and the image which has convinced you
  5. Communication with the non-formal education provider.

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What trainers, supervisors, instructors, and facilitators haven’t told you so far but most of them are likely to think

What I haven’t told you so far

I. Related to the value of what you learn

All that I’m telling you could be found in a book that is 10 times cheaper than my course but you don’t know that and I‘m glad you don’t. I have noticed that you haven’t objected to my preferring to talk rather than do practical work. There were more exercises in that book but you don’t know that anyway.

In the seminars that I am teaching, I offer you certain instruments that you can’t find in any book or that you could find in very many books separately. However, the most important thing is that all are applicable, and we practice many of them during my seminar. So, you may as well read the theoretical part in your own time – I actually recommend this to you. You come to my seminars so that we could make use of practical things.

I could have worked abroad for five times more money but I’m afraid that I wouldn’t rise to their standards. So, it is easier for me to look conceited to you because, considering how little you pay me (about how much I deserve), you cannot expect quality, too!

Since 2005, I have been working in consultancy in Romania. Since 2015, I have been working in consultancy for clients from 12 different countries from 3 continents: USA, Sweden, Austria, Germany, Romania, Belgium, Spain, United Kingdom, Greece, Kazachstan, Italy, and the Republic of Moldova. This has come naturally, i.e. at the clients’ request, and not further to my promotional activities. Currently, my fee is 70 Euros/consultancy session via Skype. 

I don’t actually need you; I only need your money. If you want to, you may very well not come because I’m going to keep your money anyway. I’m taking this money from you because there are very slim chances for me to ever see you again anyway.

If I’m asking for too little money, I must try harder to bring more ungrateful participants to my seminars. However, if I’m asking for a lot of money, I can find a few losers, so that I could cover my expenses and also obtain a profit.

By comparison to other seminars available on the market, the costs of those I’m delivering are at the low-to-average level but their value exceeds the average level. I do this because the price must reflect a balance between a minimum value that would cover my expenses and satisfy me, and a value that could be too high for those who want to enjoy and really implement what I’m offering.

I must pay other assistants/ collaborators to do the work that I’m too lazy to do, and they don’t do it too well anyway but you won’t dare tell me that. In exchange, I don’t end up with enough money to be satisfied, so don’t expect me to deliver high-quality stuff.

I work on my own. I am 90% in charge of everything: support, materials, marketing, sales, organization, purchases, invoicing, and transportation. I sometimes have somebody who marginally helps me with one of the activities. I don’t feel the need to say “we” if it’s just me.

(keep reading ↓)

What Trainers Haven’t Told You So Far, Part II. The Learning Experience  (8.7.2019)

What Trainers Haven’t Told You So Far, Part III. The Applicability of What You Learn. (22.7.2019)

What Trainers Haven’t Told You So Far, Part IV. Time Management. Image. Communication.  (14.8.2019)

Marcus Victor Grant worked as a personal and professional development trainer between 2005-2018

Copyright © Marcus Victor Grant 2016-present Translation by Cristiana Brezeanu of the article “Ce nu ți-au spus până acum trainerii, partea I. Valoarea a ceea ce înveți.Obiceiurile productive ale unui liber-profesionist“  published initially in Romanian at the 25th of June 2016 on Discerne. Copyright © Marcus Victor Grant, all rights reserved. English version updated in 2020.

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