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Welcome to Trainer Talk

As a freelance trainer, you have freedom and flexibility like no other business owner. But you also have different needs and priorities. It can be lonely as a freelance trainer. If you can imagine a place where connection and collaboration is the norm, then you’ll love Trainer Talk

What’s Included?

Direct access to Sharon Gaskin through the forum and 4 fantastic Trainer Talk Live events a year*

You’re able to learn strategies and skills to develop and improve your training business.

You can openly and honestly share your greatest challenges — as well as your successes!.

People are genuinely supportive, generous with their knowledge and experience

There are opportunities to collaborate rather than compete

Opportunities to grow your business through Top Trainer and Pod sessions.

Hi I’m Sharon Gaskin

I’ve spent the last 7 years working with freelance trainers to help them build successful, satisfying training businesses. Following a career as a corporate L&D professional, I spent years working as a lone freelancer and business owner, so I understand how incredibly lonely it can be. When you’re in the training room it’s fine, but when you’re not it’s not always that easy to get that buzz that comes from talking and interacting with others — the buzz that you need to keep you in flow, keep you motivated and moving towards achieving your goals and getting things done.

Super support in our Community

I’ve done a huge amount of networking over the years. One big thing I’ve learnt is that often there can be a big pressure to not be yourself, to put a bit of a front on and say everything is fantastic in your business, when it’s not. When really, what you want to say is, “You know what, I’m finding it tough right now and I’d like some help.” Most of the freelance trainers I’ve worked with since setting up Trainer Talk find it easier to put on the front than ask for help – do you ever feel like that? And then there’s the thorny question of where to go for business advice. Where do you go to get business advice? In today’s digital age there’s no shortage of information, but you can easily waste a whole day surfing for stuff only to find it doesn’t really apply to you as a freelance trainer… I am a great believer in leveraging others’ success, and this is why I created Trainer Talk.

I am passionate about bringing freelance trainers together to learn, share, connect and collaborate. It is important to have a safe and supportive network of people who get what you do, and are prepared to help celebrate your successes and share your challenges

Our members love #TheClub

Angela Jowitt

Angela Jowitt

Freelance Trainer

Sharon’s Trainer Talk community is a lifeline to me as a business owner, working alone from home. Her community and the content she provides us has made me feel part of a network which is mutually supportive, massively knowledgeable, and hugely inspiring. Whenever there is a ‘I don’t know what to do’ moment, there is always someone to hand that will offer advice or support. On a bad day, there is always someone around to offer commiserations and a pep talk, and on a good day, it’s a great place to go and get a big hearty cheer.

Jacqui Turner

Jacqui Turner

Freelance Trainer

Since taking the leap into the world of freelance training, I have found Sharon’s support and guidance invaluable. I’ve been a Trainer Talk member for over a year and would recommend the Trainers Training Company to all freelance trainers. It’s a great way to share your knowledge and experience with others and I guarantee you will get a lot more back in return. I recently viewed Sharon’s webinar on how to get people to come along to Open Workshops. I came away with lots of really great ideas, which I am busy putting into practise. Freelance work can be lonely, but it doesn’t feel like that with Sharon’s support. A big thank you for all those great tips you’ve share.

Jasmine Gartner

Jasmine Gartner

Freelance Trainer

Access to you, Sharon, and your wealth of knowledge, as well as access to the other members and their wealth of knowledge worth its weight in gold!! For me, the really important stuff is the practical – whether that’s an NDA or a training technique or a contact – and that’s exactly what this group always provides; really practical information that I can implement straight away.

Anne Walsh

Anne Walsh

Freelance Trainer

Knowing that I always have a community of like-minded sympathetic colleagues who understand and empathise with my successes, failures, good days and bad days… Helps me see the wood for the trees if I’m bogged down by my thinking. Allows me to pose idle questions – sort of the “I wonder..” or “Has anyone else…” Knowing the answers will come from a real-life training background.

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Kate Young

Kate Young

Freelance Trainer

I love Trainer Talk, my favourite parts are the Trainer Talk days. They are sacrosanct in my diary. Such a fabulous community.

Colin Foster

Colin Foster

Freelance Trainer

I’ve worked with Sharon in a number of ways – I’m a member of her Associate Alert Service, I’m a member of Trainer Talk and  regularly attend the Trainer Talk Live events. So, the question is: Why? In simple terms, the Associate Alert Service has put £s into my pocket as a result of contacts made through it; for me, the ROI has been excellent.  Trainer Talk Live is a great way of networking with other trainers, pushing myself out of my comfort zone & getting re-invigorated. What’s more, a lot of what you learn in the morning sessions is immensely useful; as are the afternoon clinics. These face to face “peer-based” clinics are brilliantly followed up with the online versions – a great way to chew over challenges & bounce new ideas off people. Not only that, but Sharon’s regular newsletters are informative, challenging & constructive. If you’re a trainer or L&D professional, you really need to be working with Sharon!

Sue Wright

Sue Wright

Freelance Trainer

Friendly help & advice on any subject. Chance to pool resources & try out new ideas. Gives me confidence. Allows me to bounce ideas of trusted professionals. Gives me a ‘team to call on’ & makes me feel I am not operating in a vacuum.

Sue Parsons

Sue Parsons

Freelance Trainer

I always learn something being part of this group. Every Trainer Talk I walk away with actionable tasks which are driving my business forward. 

Trainer Talk is a community. It means working for yourself isn’t lonely. There’s always someone to turn to when you need to vent or have a query.

Why Join Trainer Talk?

Since creating The Trainers Training Company in 2009, I have personally trained and mentored 100’s of trainers just like you and helped them to create successful and profitable training businesses. Using my 25 years of experience as both as a buyer of training, freelancer and business owner I’ve guided and supported my clients and: ? Given them knowledge, skills and confidence to move from corporate trainer to successful business owner ? Provided proven strategies to generate leads, get and retain clients ? Saved them time, money and stress by showing them what works and what doesn’t in the freelance training world

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Direct access to Sharon Gaskin through the forum and 4 fantastic Trainer Talk Live events a year

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Trainer Talk Live Speaker Videos and Monthly Online Training / Q&A with Sharon

Trainer Talk Online Business, Development Clinics,  Business Growth Webinars &  Expert Interviews

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