Freelance Trainers – why get testimonials?

I’ve heard and read a lot of articles and viewpoints written by freelance trainers on collecting testimonials from your clients.

A couple of years ago I saw (on a social media platform) an individual having to defend themselves because they were promoting their services using a long list of written testimonials, which had been received from delighted customers.

The person was attempting to show that if you booked them for some training, they were going to provide good value, not just in terms of cost but also in relation to the potentially transformational content.  And they could prove it because they’d received such good feedback.

But in response to this person’s post, a number of others made comments that this person was “boasting”, “full of themselves” and other pejoratives.  A few other replies were given in defence of this person, stating that if they were to arrange any training for their teams,...

ADHD and children’s parties

ADHD and children’s parties

I remember when my son was very young (primary school) and he had a lovely circle of energetic pals. He wanted to do everything and be everywhere.  His friends were mostly the same, to a greater or lesser degree, and we spent happy evenings at cubs, swimming, football practice, all the usual!

Being a December-born child, his birthday party had to be an indoor affair.  When he was the ripe old age of 4, I realised that this might be the last time that I could accommodate the rough and tumble of a predominantly boys’ party in my house.  They needed space and it showed – all the children were lively, it’s exciting to be at a party and let off some happiness.

But one of my son’s little friends (we’ll call him Joe) stood out above the others.  He was a little dynamo, far more active and...

Positive Behaviour Management (a webinar)

This 30 minute webinar covers the following:

  • work avoidance (failing to start)
  • calling out
  • managing lateness
  • angry outbursts

Grab your headphones and pick up a few tips and strategies.

Punctuality in class (part 1)

Teaching in the 16+ arena often means adapting some behaviour management to be more ‘equal’ (ie adult to adult). So as a newbie teacher some decades ago, when it was recommended to me that I stand at the door to greet my students I ignored this advice, believing that it was something that should be kept for the young ‘uns.  I preferred to busy myself in class while my students arrived.

But for many of my students, the initial euphoria of college life wore off, and the arrival on time became less important for some of them.  My diligence in dealing with those who preferred to linger in the corridor or dawdle to class was non-existent.  I was faced with poor punctuality and very few ideas about how to deal with it except to complain, berate, or discipline.

One day I happened across a teacher standing outside their open door, big...

FREE behaviour hacks videos from Hilary Nunns


Sometimes you come across behaviour situations in class and around corridors which can be easily fixed with the right words. But so often those words fail you!

We've created several 60 second videos to give you some smart ideas to help managing behaviour in class (and elsewhere!).

Each tip takes just around 60 – 65 seconds to view, but can give back so much teaching and learning time if applied well (and avoid low level disruptions).

Included are:  verbal strategies, take up time, hand gestures, time keeping, dual coding (to name a few).  They are completely free.

Click on the picture below to watch Behaviour Hack #1.


To see the rest of the free series click here.

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