How do I go from teacher to trainer w/ Lisa Spinelli

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My mother was a teacher. The she became a trainer. She absolutely loved it! And both my grandfathers were teachers. So maybe there is something in my genes which I have inherited that makes me a good trainer and facilitator.

One thing is for sure: teaching, training, facilitation are all closely interlinked. Teachers have learned to be great communicators. Teachers have a passion for helping people to develop. Teachers care about the impact that lessons and guidance have on others.

What about you? Were you a teacher or Lecturer in a past life? Are you a teacher now and thinking of setting up your own facilitation or training business. Great! Today’s guest, Lisa Spinelli, has written a book on the subject and is going to help you make that transition.

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Don’t feel guilty about something new

For many teachers, teaching is more than a job or profession. It’s a way of life. It’s something that they’ve chosen to do because it’s a calling and for that reason many people perhaps feel guilty leaving it.

My grandparents paid for my mother to go to teacher training college and weren’t pleased when she gave it up. However, a couple of years later she went back to teaching before becoming a corporate trainer.

Hiding behind the fear or guilt of leaving teaching is not a good reason to stay in the job… TWEET THIS!

So I asked Lisa if people sometimes feel guilty about letting their pupils or students or the community down if they decide to leave teaching. 

Lisa says: you shouldn’t listen to anyone else’s input if you’re unhappy doing what you’re currently doing. I think most of us know when we are burnt out, or disengaged or when need a change. 

A lot of teachers say that they have this guilt put upon them by other people in the teaching profession when they decide to leave and do something else. 

Regardless, if you decide to transition from teaching to training, you already have a bunch of skills which are transferable and today’s episode is going to help you get off to a successful start. 

We see a lot of teachers come out of teaching and make a career in the elearning, EdTech consultants and coaching professions.. TWEET THIS

Take-aways you don’t want to miss

  • Why you might be thinking of transitioning to training from teaching
  • What kinds of challenges you may face on your journey
  • Which transferable skills from teaching you can use right away
  • Where to find resources to help you make the switch in careers
  • Which possible career paths exist for you right now in L&D
  • How you can get started planning right away to try things out

Some resources for you

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Lisa Spinelli – Lisa ‘s profile page on the Assoc. for Talent Development website
LinkedIn – Lisa’s professional profile on LinkedIn
Teachers to Trainers – Lisa’s book helping you to make the switch to trainer


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