Sharon Gaskin

Sharon Gaskin 

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Ginette Tessier

Ginette Tessier

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Join Sharon and Ginette (from Get That Course Online) as they chat about freelance life, deliver top tips for trainers, find interesting business events to go to, business books to read, cool tools to use online, top online course creation tips (Eps 46+) and catch you up on the latest dog-walking digest!

Episodes 111-120

Podcast Ep111: 21 June 2021

It’s a bit all-encompassing this week: football, routine, tennis (obvs), houses, weirdness, chats, travel, gym, birthdays and more. This is all before we get to the Top of Mind Topic, which this week is all about the importance of working with people you respect and sometimes even like! #TrainerTalk #FreelanceTrainer #TrainerTalkThePodcast #TheTrainersTrainingCompany #TheGetThatGang #SharonGaskin #GinetteTessier #TrainingBusiness #BusinessTrainer

Podcast Ep112: 28 June 2021

So the prodigal son returns again and Sharon is a happy mummy – especially now she’s also been approved for LinkedIn lives! Ginette has a whirlwind of a weekend and we both agree that dog intuition is definitely a thing. In Top of Mind, it’s our old favourite Marketing that makes an appearance (well a discussion really, but you know what we mean)!

Podcast Ep113: 5 July 2021

Is it easy?Bored of listening? Watch this episode on YouTube instead!This week, sport is (obviously) quite top of mind, but not *the* top of mind of course, which was all about asking how easy we are making it for people to actually book or buy from us. In other news,...

Podcast Ep114: 12 July 2021

Responding to KnockbacksBored of listening? Watch this episode on YouTube instead!It wasn't a great weekend sport-wise, which came at the end of a not-so-great week for Sharon - the house saga continues! Ginette was straightened out at the chiropractor and ran a short...

Podcast Ep115: 19 July 2021

Phew what a scorcher! And what a difference a week makes – football anyone?! As we ponder ‘Freedom Day’ (really?!) and double standards, we also take time to cover mishaps with Zoom meetings and whether you can or should keep non-business talk away from business-spaces. We also allow a cat (allegedly) into the Dog-walking Digest (don’t worry, it won’t be a habit).
#TrainerTalk #FreelanceTrainer #TrainerTalkThePodcast #TheTrainersTrainingCompany #TheGetThatGang #SharonGaskin #GinetteTessier #TrainingBusiness #BusinessTrainer

Podcast Ep116: 26 July 2021

It’s the Olympic edition! And there’s no denying we are demob happy this week – it’s the last podcast before the summer break but that doesn’t mean we don’t have a truckload to talk about! This week we cover the Olympics obviously, but also terrible customer service (Sharon names and shames), hot weather, Ryan being, well, Ryan, the Co-op Bank (Ginette’s not impressed), sales calls, coaching and clinics. Phew! And that’s before we get to Top of Mind with the importance of taking a business break. See you in September!

#TrainerTalk #FreelanceTrainer #TrainerTalkThePodcast #TheTrainersTrainingCompany #TheGetThatGang #SharonGaskin #GinetteTessier #TrainingBusiness #BusinessTrainer

Episodes 101-110

Podcast Ep101: 12 April 2021

This week we are typically random, covering everything from the Duke of Edinburgh sadly passing to dogs apparently not liking collars. We divert into all kinds of decluttering on the way too!










Podcast Ep102: 19 April 2021

In this episode, Sharon demonstrates that she really knows how to live the high life, while Ginette gets her money back even though it was (technically) her fault. We also talk about what to do when you’re overthinking something. #TrainerTalk #FreelanceTrainer #TrainerTalkThePodcast #TheTrainersTrainingCompany #TheGetThatGang #SharonGaskin #GinetteTessier #TrainingBusiness #BusinessTrainer

Podcast Ep103: 26 April 2021

This week we talk lots about houses, a little about money stories and lots about how assumptions and expectations can really hold us back. #TrainerTalk #FreelanceTrainer #TrainerTalkThePodcast #TheTrainersTrainingCompany #TheGetThatGang #SharonGaskin #GinetteTessier #TrainingBusiness #BusinessTrainer

Podcast Ep104: 3 May 2021

In this episode, Sharon’s being given the run around (fly around?) by a robin and Ginette has an even busier end to the week than normal. We talk about Opportunities too – how can we spot them and use them?










Podcast Ep105: 10 May 2021

Kitchens, gyms, communities, persuasion, tech failures and whether or not social media is actually one giant waste of time – what’s not to love about this week’s episode? #TrainerTalk









Podcast Ep107: 24 May 2021

It’s been a jam-packed week for Sharon, with wallgate continuing to be front of mind, while Ginette has had her second jab and an encounter with a daft driver. In the Top of Mind Topic we talk about self-promotion and why it’s ok to brag.










Podcast Ep108: 31 May 2021

This week Sharon dodges sheep and Ginette gets a long-awaited hug from a friend. We also see the return of Tennis Talk the Podcast! In Top of Mind Topic we discuss why people don’t start or finish courses they buy.










Podcast Ep109: 8 June 2021

There’s lots going on this week, what with #wallgate, second jabs and sensing summer. Not mention high drama, judging and business clinics! In Top of Mind, we talk about Experiments and why they’re good for business. Is it still only Tuesday?!

Podcast Ep110: 14 June 2021

This week we definitely, absolutely do not talk about the tennis. And while we’re not talking about it, we also cover programmes finishing, the weird time of year, sheep-related drama and a fine discussion about victim mentality. #TrainerTalk #FreelanceTrainer #TrainerTalkThePodcast #TheTrainersTrainingCompany #TheGetThatGang #SharonGaskin #GinetteTessier #TrainingBusiness #BusinessTrainer

Episodes 91-100

Podcast Ep91: 22 Jan 2021

Ep 91: We’re back! And we make no promises about how long each episode is going to be from now on – even though we’ve cut a lot of stuff out. You’ll obviously be delighted to know that the Dog Walking Digest stays! So here we are again, chatting about business and life, with the occasional nugget and rant (sometimes the same thing) thrown in for good measure. Oh and you can see us on YouTube now as well …

Podcast Ep92: 29 Jan 2021

This week in addition to embracing the full woo-woo, we’re talking about how it’s ok that no-one is universally liked (even National Treasure Boaty McBoat … erm … Sir David Attenborough) and why this is a good thing in business. 

Podcast Ep93: Feb 5 2021

This week Sharon’s shocked to learn she may have a rival in her obsession and Ginette discovers a new skill (ish). We also talk about how to deal with ‘Meh Mondays’ – and any other ‘meh’ days for that matter. #TrainerTalk #FreelanceTrainer #TrainerTalkThePodcast #TheTrainersTrainingCompany #TheGetThatGang #SharonGaskin #GinetteTessier #TrainingBusiness #BusinessTrainer

Podcast Ep94: 12 Feb 2021

In this episode we talk about what to do when life interrupts work – how do you deal with those big things that have an impact on everything else? Elsewhere Sharon’s resigned about the Open and Ginette’s got a long story (not so) short in the Dog-walking Digest.










Podcast Ep95: 19 Feb 2021

Even though most weeks are same-old, same-old right now, we still find time to pick through the best bits before a discussion about when learning really is about finding new knowledge and ways to look at things … and when learning is actually just an excuse for not doing.

Podcast Ep96: 1 March 2021

This week Sharon plays hide and seek with the sun, Ginette shows off her new – and fourth – pair of glasses and we both talk about the importance of paying attention to the details










Podcast Ep97: 8 March 2021

At last! We solve one of life’s great mysteries (how to get a brush through Sharon’s hair) and celebrate the latest edition of Trainer Talk Live. In the serious bit we talk about how the last year has affected our businesses and what the next year might look like.










Podcast Ep98: 15 March 2021

Say yes first?Bored of listening? Watch this episode on YouTube instead!This week we bring you all sorts of gates, just not the normal kind: Hairgate, Cargate, Blindsgate, Dogfoodgate and Treatgate. In other news we also discuss if it's always right to say yes and...

Podcast Ep99: 29 March 2021

This week Sharon causes a queue, while Ginette accidentally jumps one. We also talk about the difference that makes the difference.

Podcast Ep100: 5 April 2021

In our centenary episode (yep, triple digits, waiting for our telegram) we celebrate what we’ve learnt over the last few years and how our businesses might not have changed massively but we definitely have! #TrainerTalk #FreelanceTrainer #TrainerTalkThePodcast #TheTrainersTrainingCompany #TheGetThatGang #SharonGaskin #GinetteTessier #TrainingBusiness #BusinessTrainer

Episodes 81-90

Podcast Ep81: May 29 2020

Technology: in this episode, we celebrate potential chinks of light in the requirement for training delivery, giving things our full attention and the joy of blaming inanimate objects for things we’ve done but don’t want to admit to. In Top of Mind, Sharon and Ginette discuss how technology has been our saviour over the last few months and how no-one’s really bad at tech – it’s all relative! In other news, there’s a woo-woo thought of the day, knickers on heads and (we didn’t forget really), the new Trainer Talk Member Hub. We also squeeze in a (bad) meteorological explanation and how Trainer Talk Live is turning into the Emma Extravaganza!

Podcast Ep82: June 5 2020

The Future of Training: this week we go a bit rogue as the conversation meanders all over the place until we arrive at Top of Mind, having already covered most of the other areas (but there’s always more to say). Sharon’s still in Hardcore Wales and Ginette wants a duvet day. We agree that time is going both quickly and slowly, that you’re unlikely to use the word ‘bubbly’ to describe certain professions and that people will always find a way to do what they want. In Top of Mind (when we eventually get there) we look at how the enforced change in training delivery has helped some people decide they’d really rather not travel anymore thanks, but ultimately we have power over our business, so it’s up to us to make it what we want. Later on, we find out that Sharon’s got a hurty leg, Jem’s plodding, Scamp’s off his food (only temporarily, don’t panic) and Ginette is trying to work out how to get 83 trainers to all do the same thing at once … it’s going to be fun carnage at Trainer Talk Live – the Virtual Edition!

Podcast Ep83: June 12 2020

Repeating Learning: well don’t say we didn’t warn you that a bumper one was coming! In this feature-length episode we cover pre-show parties, spiritual resilience, a few little tears from Sharon and zesty action-takers (naturally). And while we spend a lot of time talking about the benefits of repeating a course we’ve taken (which Ginette would like to point out is also one of the benefits of online courses), we also find time to talk about woo-woo manifestation, not being green-fingered, Mumbles moaners and the one thing that holds us all back in business. Naturally we also cover the triumph that was the first ever virtual Trainer Talk Live, we look forward to more Trainer Talk Locals and another round of the Future-Fit Training Business programme in September. The Dog-walking Digest is notable only for the fact that Jem hasn’t interrupted anything for ages (ssshhh, she’s asleep!). And in what feels like some nice symmetry, we finish with why it’s important to encourage collaboration among learners.

Podcast Ep84: June 19 2020

Boundaries: in between oddly named towns, dropping pennies and interesting journeys, we talk about setting boundaries in our business – is it really possible, or even desirable, to have work/life balance? When does work stop and home start – especially if we love what we do and we can choose what and when? Sharon also discovers that a year ago was too soon to move and Ginette’s going to try not talking to anyone (on Zoom at least). We have an interesting diversion into journaling and also how to get back in the saddle after a prolonged break – particularly as things definitely seem to be moving again with clients. In the Dog-walking Digest, Jem’s plodding, Scamp’s avoiding and the rain is persistent! There are tons of Locals coming up to virtually visit before the summer ‘break’ and in the Online Course Creation Top Tip we want you to get your learners to teach it on.

Podcast Ep85: June 26 2020

Lockdown Learnings: this week we get all philosophical and discuss how a triangle can also be a square, what normal people do and the art of applying nail polish. Ginette discusses first world problems while also losing her words and Sharon is getting a new-found loathing for dust. Our Top of Mind Topic is a reflection on what we’ve learnt during lockdown as the restrictions start to be eased (except in Hardcore Wales naturally). We talk about how people are amazing, resilient and surprised at what they now know they can do. In the Dog-walking Digest, Jem’s doing her best to get run over, Sharon’s doing her best to stay dry (and failing), Scamp’s dragging his heels and Ginette’s dreaming of salt and vinegar on chips. There are plenty of Trainer Talk Locals to choose from in July even if you still have to bring your own cake and last but not least, we’d like to you to remember to sound human in your online course videos.

Podcast Ep86: July 3 2020

Clarity: you could describe this episode as either woo-woo or wee-wee, but you’ll have to listen to get the full story there and avoid the ‘sinking’ feeling of missing out … In other news we agree that being helpful in business is good as long as you’re being paid for it, how too much choice isn’t helpful at all and we debate how much help is needed to understand the current lockdown restrictions in England. Sharon also has an outdoor cushion crisis, Ginette forms a bubble, Jem thinks she’s Queen of Sheba and Scamp is sniffing everything. Twice. As we don’t mention it enough, we talk about the importance of niching to give people clarity over what you do, why it’s still BYOC (bring your own cake) at the Trainer Talk Locals and how to add credibility to your online courses.

Podcast Ep87: July 10 2020

Letting Go: this week Sharon’s playing with Transformers, breaking the rules and going to the bathroom … centre, mainly without using a hairbrush as a hat, although it’s a close-run thing. Ginette’s feeling all-growed-up, smug about her spaces and happy Bournemouth Trainer Talk Local (virtual) went well, even if everyone did have to bring their own cake. In Top of Mind, we discuss how not all clients or suppliers are created equal and discuss what we can do about it. Unsurprisingly, part of the answer is to Trust the Process (she really should TM that …). In other news, Jem’s in danger of being stuck to the floor, Scamp’s owner has got to ‘that’ age, we look forward to a new Leader in Bristol and discuss how giving learners choice will elevate your online course quality.

Podcast Ep88: July 17 2020

Brand Building with Sammy Blindell: this week’s episode is notable for being lucky, untouchable and sent to you with love and kisses. It’s also our shortest for a long while, but don’t let that make you think it isn’t just as packed with useful stuff (and the usual less useful stuff …). We’re a bit discombobulated what with one thing and another, but luckily our guest shows up to talk us through her extraordinary story of how she became the Brand Builder, what ‘one-drops’ have got to do with anything and the law of brand attraction. It’s a tale that takes in curiosity (or is that nosiness?), floating mansions, brandalism and ripples. And if you think that’s eclectic, elsewhere we also cover fluffy bunnies, not feeling like tea and why it’s important to let people know what you want them to do. Yep, all in an hour. You’re welcome.

Podcast Ep89: July 24 2020

Outsourcing: this week we get back into the groove with an in-depth discussion on all things delegation – the what and how especially, using Sharon’s great and not so great experiences! And as much fun as that was, we also found time to cover terrible radio stations, lost mojo, tech trouble, skip rummaging and limping into August. You’d be forgiven for thinking that was quite enough, but when we’re on a roll … So in addition you get wild horses, scary sheep, a fat old lady (subject to verification), revelations, a dog’s breakfast, bright red faces and overestimation. Plus a plodding Jem who doesn’t approve of too much hilarity and an extra-sniffing-Scamp whose catch phrase is clearly ‘you never know’.

Podcast Ep90: July 31 2020

Decluttering: it’s the final episode before Sharon and Ginette definitely don’t take August off, but do have a little break from recording the podcast – and in Sharon’s case speaking to people! So of course why wouldn’t we discuss right angles, ballet certificates, orange coffee tables and what to do if you’re ever in a hostage situation and you need to choose which fingers to keep … It’s really not as random as it sounds (OK, maybe that last one is), as we cover how to be ruthless when it comes to decluttering, how to do it so no-one else in the household notices (especially if they’re a hoarder) and how to get rid of all the stuff that needs to go (you can’t have a maybe pile either). It’s a pity physical stuff doesn’t have a delete button! In other news, Jem’s claimed the new sofa, Scamp really isn’t a fan of the wet stuff and in leave-it-til-the-last-minute breaking news: the portaloo has GONE! It’s enough to make you feel coooo-oool …

Episodes 71-80

Podcast Ep71: March 20 2020

Practical Positivity: as it turns out, we *can* record two podcasts in one week and still have plenty to say … Sharon gets firm about conspiracy theories and personal responsibilities, while Ginette tries to explain why so many opinions get presented as facts. We discuss the importance of considering your own and others’ mental health, which at the moment pretty much means staying off social media for all except essential activities! We also discuss looking for the silver lining – the opportunities that present themselves when things don’t go according to plan. Sharon’s been Welsh for a month (although it’ll be longer by the time you see this), Scamp has an epic daydream (during the podcast) and Ginette wants us to bring in learner experiences and perspectives to online training. And given that we’re recording this early, it might all be completely irrelevant by the time it comes to you listening!

Podcast Ep72: March 27 2020

Feeling Good and Keeping GoingTimestamps: 01.50: Seventy-tooths! | 3.25: A holiday?! | 5.00: <Ahem> years ago | 7.02: Mr Grumpy | 08.55: Not from Shirley | 10.25: "Do not be afraid" | 11.35: A little bit mad | 13.47: The miracle of time travel | 14.40:...

Podcast Ep73: April 3 2020

To charge or not to charge (that is the question): this week we celebrate milk, wine o’clock, amazing views and appreciative clapping. On the flip-side life is still weird, dog walks are getting stressful and we consider the downside to the flood of free information and over-night ‘experts’. In copyright news, we’re claiming ‘Vexit’ as the term for when this is all ‘over’ and we also talk about why money needs to keep circulating. Sharon’s clothing is complimenting her and Ginette’s most definitely not cheap. There are a ton of virtual Trainer Talk Locals to choose from (there are some hotspots in there) and lastly we’d like you to be upfront about what it takes to be successful with your online course.

Podcast Ep74: April 10 2020

Publicity: this week is the week of interruptions it seems – and not just to our lockdown routines. We were interrupted in the pre-chat, interrupted in the main chat and then interrupted in the guest chat! Things definitely take a somewhat feline turn, although Sharon’s been out and about with foxes and wild horses too. There’s a rogue milkman on the loose, rude cyclists and joggers and the Queen is in the Top Five apparently (good job Your Majesty). Sharon tries to excuse why she’s not yet learnt Spanish and Ginette tries to learn to say ‘no’ – or at least ‘not yet’. We cover off the business side of things with a great guest spot from Carrie talking all things publicity – so if you’ve got an opinion, you’ve got a shot! It’s all about collaborations too as we get ready to launch an exciting new programme and if we get some feedback, we’ll know to talk about it.

Podcast Ep75: April 17 2020

Finding Positivity: this week we talk about how it’s definitely possible to find positivity in the current situation and even though we might feel forced into it, sometimes it can yield some surprising and great results! In case you’re worrying that we’ve gone more serious than normal, we counter this with ten minutes (not joking) about hair dye … Sharon resorts to cleaning both the bathroom and her database, while Ginette claims (eventual) victory over the same database and uses the word ‘discombobulating’ in a proper sentence and everything. In the Dog-walking Digest we discuss the rise of vigilantism and Zuckerberg-knockers. Definitely back to normal there then. In events to look forward to, we’re forgoing the usual ‘hug-a-thon’ by holding the first ever virtual Trainer Talk Live in June and last but not least we want you to have a responsive platform for your online courses.

Podcast Ep76: April 24 2020

Reboot: In an episode that sees more than its fair share of tech glitches (if you don’t notice them it’ll be a miracle), we cover exciting deliveries, faded ends, stray children and fancy pastries – and that’s just Sharon’s week. Ginette has a bit of a rant (well it has been a while) about a well-known supermarket, but that’s probably due to a lack of egg protein. In Top of Mind, we discuss how ‘safe-mode’ has given us a reboot opportunity, noting of course how so many things seem to be better after a bit of a switch off and switch on again (sadly not Sharon’s internet, but that’s another story). The more important point is understanding that sometimes the only thing that stops us is what’s between our ears … In other news, Sharon survives almost getting trampled by wild horses only to be nearly trampled by elderly cyclists and Ginette tells us why it’s important for titles in our online courses to be descriptive.

Podcast Ep77: May 1 2020

Zoomed Out: It might be our shortest episode for a while, but we still pack in an eclectic chat including hydroponics, stolen hashtags and hypnotic stone gathering. Ginette is definitely not a damsel in distress and it’s Sharon’s turn for a rant this week. We talk about how sometimes a rough and ready video is more ‘real’, what to do when you feel Zoomed out (and why that might be) and why it’s perfectly possible to ignore yourself. Jem manages to interrupt us, which is the first for a while, and Scamp is developing some fussy (tr)eating habits. It’s all about the virtual with our events and last but not least, we’d like you to get your learners to bring their own examples to your online course.

Podcast Ep78: May 8 2020

Boredom – really?! This week we talk about funnels, amazing customer service, rinse and repeat work and things that are big and hairy and scary. Sharon turns into a Welsh Nationalist and Ginette turns into a cynic (granted, not a big stretch there). In Top of Mind, we try to help with ways to not be bored, but considering neither of us has had much chance of that recently, you’ll have to be the judge of our advice on that one! In the Dog-walking Digest there’s a riot of colour and a disappearing dog to contend with and then we contemplate the forthcoming virtual meetings, including the first ever virtual Trainer Talk Live. Apparently there’s one great speaker and some woman who claims to know about online courses …

Podcast Ep79: May 15 2020

Office space: this week we try not to talk too much about what’s going on in the world and fail miserably when it comes to the Dog-walking Digest. Volleyball playing taxi-drivers and selfish cyclists aside, we have a much nicer time talking about realisations and revelations when limiting beliefs are challenged, whether one of our number is actually a giraffe, having Zoom-free days, decluttering and finding inspiration in our office space – as long as it’s not too much faff of course! Sharon gets a lovely message to start her day, along with some more titillating ones (no, not like that saucy) and Ginette would really rather you stayed away from the beach right now if it’s all the same to you. Everything’s virtual these days, including our upcoming events, but if you can turn your training into a game, then the reward is all yours. Just don’t be a lurker – we need the adulation!

Podcast Ep80: May 22 2020

Fear in Business: it’s a Welsh-iversary! The equivalent time last year was the first recording in Welsh Wales – not a lot’s changed really, has it?! This week we cover panic over Zoom outages, avoiding more faff and what happens when computer programs stop speaking to each other. Sharon does her best PacMan impression on her daily lives and Ginette discovers she actually quite likes structure really. In Top of Mind we discuss False Evidence Appearing Real, otherwise known as fear (the manufactured in our heads kind) and we ask the best question yet: what would and could we achieve if fear was not a factor? There’s light relief in the form of Sharon’s comedy dog-walking moments and Ginette still can’t quite get her head around a particular cyclist’s sense of entitlement. We also cover how the first ever virtual Trainer Talk Live might also be virtually sold out and how appearing on camera in your online course can be strategically wise.

Episodes 61-70

Podcast Ep61: Dec 20 2019

End of Year Review Part 2: Oh my. So in no particular order (I miss Strictly), shopping online isn’t real money, Sharon did some numbers, Ginette saw a panto and we’ve got bored bunnies, woo-woo stuff and Rafa’s coming to dinner. On a (very slightly) more serious note, we look at our year just gone, focusing on our biggest successes, changes and challenges, weirdest stuff and proudest moments. Somehow this also required us to talk about gold panning, what Jem thinks of Sharon’s vision board, good weird rather than weird weird (obviously) and being blessed (but not in an Insta way). Also, apparently Spring is on the way and we leave you with a summary all wrapped up with a big red bow. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Podcast Ep62: Jan 10 2020

Changes and Tweaks: we don’t do resolutions, so for this first episode of 2020, we’re concentrating on what we’re intending to change, tweak and continue! In between taking action with intention, learning from those with the knowledge to help us get better and implementing new systems (scary), we also have time to wonder what Ryan’s return on investment might be, how to stop Sharon over-analysing and why Ginette’s got a seemingly random need for a picture of sofas. Jem makes her presence felt as only she can (several times and loudly), while Scamp’s decided against limping for now. There are more Trainer Talk Locals coming up than you can shake a stick at and for this week’s online course creation top tip we ponder the advantages of getting in a guest ‘voice’. Happy New Year!

Podcast Ep63: Jan 17 2020

Evaluating Business Strategies: after the cliff-hanger from last week, Sharon and Ginette reveal the fate of Trainer Talk the Podcast … We also cover how sometimes we can be too polite for our own good, why we’re not trading the Ritz for a Travelodge, the importance of getting people who know what they’re doing and how a lovely message (or two) can make all the difference. There’s a little bit of woo-woo, the benefits of combining gut feel and evidence, why we just don’t know unless we’re told and some astonishing stats which put us in the top 50 (percent that is). Finally we test just how much Facebook is really listening, explain why sometimes you need to stand beside the woodpile randomly whistling, how to get to a mini-mastermind near you and the importance of good audio. Line up front and centre listeners!

Podcast Ep64: Jan 24 2020

Making Positive Choices: this week, as well as deciding that a travel company doesn’t get to affect our mood, we talk about how Sharon might just be knocking on your door and how Ginette’s worried about a weird-quantum-time-loop-thing. We also discuss the finer points of neuroscience – or at least the bits that we know about how to rewire our brains to get rid of unhelpful self-talk. Sharon and Ginette both get the same lesson in different ways about how something that’s easy for us can be a mountain to climb for others and unsurprisingly the word consistency crops up. Consistently. It’s still muddy, but lovely and sunny on the dog walks, there are still Trainer Talk Locals to go to and we navigate around the latest online course creation top tip. And finally Australia’s open apparently. Or something like that …

Podcast Ep65: Jan 31 2020

Visibility: this week we talk about just how visible we need to be in our businesses to make sure we can generate the all-important Know, Like and Trust. But the big news is that we finally know which is more important to Sharon: Rafa or Jem? In the meantime, Ginette can’t stop the phone ringing, we question whether cake exists if there’s no evidence of it and also wonder if Facebook is actually something to be grateful for. Our considered opinions swing from conquering fears before you have to all the way through to how to defeat a troll (unless you’re at a loose end). Scamp meets some chickens, there are even more Trainer Talk Locals coming and if you decide to repurpose your content, make sure you do it with due care and attention!

Podcast Ep66: Feb 7 2020

Podcasts: we don’t quite want to admit it’s the end of January, but it’s been a funny sort of week … or has it? Sharon explains why she missed a few live streaming days (apparently it’s something to do with Amy having a mum AND a dad, but no apostrophe) and Ginette counts her blessings, even if it takes a while to get to the right ‘P’. In Top of Mind, we get all meta by talking about podcasts – the what, the how and then more what – see if you can spot the really smooth edit in the middle of this one. Sharon forewarns of emotional times ahead and Ginette wonders if seals would actually be able to jump out at anyone. We’d both love people to plan ahead more and agree that when it comes to it, you gotta love a bit of Brian.

Podcast Ep67: Feb 14 2020

Getting People To Events: this week’s episode is brought to you by the words ‘momentous’, ‘surreal’ and ‘conundrum’. As Sharon prepares for the next chapter, Ginette experiences high impact on the derriere (no, not like that, gutter mind!). We get a bit deep, but it is an emotional week and not just because of St Valentine. In exciting news, we have a new Facebook group just for the Podcast and we talk about three key things to bear in mind when organising events for people to attend (did we mention we like you to book early?). Instead of wildlife, Sharon now has trees jumping out in front of her and Ginette somehow manages to let a horse creep up behind her. We’re also getting close to the first Trainer Talk Live of the year and we end on a somewhat musical note in the online course creation Top Tip. By the time you read this, Sharon *might* have finished unpacking …

Podcast Ep68: Feb 28 2020

Coping with Change: in the first bi-country edition of the podcast, Sharon scares her new gym instructor into buying her wine and Ginette contemplates what life would have been like without Trainer Talk (scary). We both agree that it might be quite nice to spend a Sunday like normal people (whatever that means), before discussing the finer points of understanding and dealing with major change. Jem (the legend) approves of the beach and has settled in enough to make her first interruption of the new location. We celebrate two new Trainer Talk Local locations in Edinburgh and the East Midlands, get confirmation beyond doubt that brownies ARE cake and talk about the power of a completion certificate. Plus, apparently it rains a lot in Wales – who knew? (I did.)

Podcast Ep69: March 6 2020

Online Courses: in a week where Ginette gets to talk about her favourite subject (which is, let’s face it, every week), Sharon’s starting to settle in Mumbles, but not appreciating the horizontal rain or the notoriety of living in the same location as the first Welsh Covid19 case! We also discuss clichés, magic bullets, and delivery in your pyjamas, mud, supercilious cats and why some people just can’t be told – even if they wear the juice (all is explained in the podcast, honest). And lastly Sharon does a funny, Sharon does a funny …

Podcast Ep70: Mar 13 2020

Staying Positive: it’s the winging it edition this week as Sharon has a bit of a diary mix-up and we record with next to no prep! Unsurprisingly there’s pretty much only one topic on the main agenda. Still we do our best to add a positive spin and have lots of fun recalling the previous Trainer Talk Live, Sharon’s first Thursday night club and Ginette’s insistence that it’s fun disguised as work. Naturally we also have time to pat Mr Harris on the head (there’s a good boy), talk a bit about faff time, express gratitude for surprise presents and marvel at a whole three floors of Dunelm (duvetastic). Jem’s relishing the sea-air, while Ginette has some very clean sand in her trainers and even the driftwood in Wales is trying to get in on the Wildlife act. Finally we talk about a whole raft of Trainer Talk Locals coming up (fingers crossed) and the benefits of having an online-course-specific community.

Episodes 51-60

Podcast Ep51: Oct 11 2019

Selling With Heart: In an episode that scientists will know how to pronounce correctly, we discuss whether straight or curly hair makes you more credible (yes, really) and who decides on Nationally and Internationally designated days. Ginette decides there’s no reason it can’t be International Ginette Day, before upgrading it to a whole week and Sharon celebrates having a relatively normal week after the madness of September. We welcome a wonderful guest again to talk about her approach to selling and how intuition is so important to being comfortable in business. We also agree that cake is still vital, dogs are bonkers and manage to bring the entire show full circle in a smidge over an hour. Compact but still packed full of insights!

Podcast Ep52: Oct 18 2019

Fun ways to get business: this week we cover whether flexible working means busier pubs, if cake makes up for awful weather (it does) and literal elephants in the room. Sharon finds some Wednesday Wisdom and Ginette wants you to clear your mind, but not in a woo-woo way. In Top of Mind we talk about fun ways of finding business (and if it’s not fun, why are we doing it?!) and how the most successful people simply don’t do what they don’t like. In the Dog-walking Digest, Jem is Home Alone again but starting to show her age, while Scamp pays his respects to the sacred twig – until it disappears in mysterious circumstances … We wrap up the whole episode with the usual events to consider (there’s lots going on!) and an online course creation tip that’s all about painting, but not with brushes!

Podcast Ep53: Oct 25 2019

Experiments! In this episode we reminisce about first cars and what might have been – if only he didn’t have a girlfriend. Yes, Tennis Talk the Podcast is back with things to say about Robo-Andy and Rafa the married man! In business-related conversation, we cover both overwhelm and the importance of experimentation with how you run your business – as long as it’s fun, it’s up to you, but remember to think about your parameters before you start. Ginette completely ruins Sharon’s run down of her week, but that’s not the only ‘duh-duh-daaaah’ moment as Trainer Talk Local Bake-Off takes a shocking turn … In the Dog-walking Digest, Jem appears to be on better (naughty) form and Scamp can apparently read Braille (sort of). We also have an odd detour via children (won’t be doing that again) and in the top online course creation tip, we cover using metaphors, analogies and parallels.

Podcast Ep54: Nov 1 2019

Managing Client Expectations: this week we discuss more scandal in the Trainer Talk Local Bake Off ‘tent’, niching (obvs) and what on earth a ‘prepper’ is (if you can understand Sharon’s accent of course …). Ginette works in a seamless link to talk about what to do when clients have champagne tastes and lemonade budgets. We also cover whether beauty salons are better than dentists (bear with us, it’s relevant, honest) and how Sharon’s not going to mention the ‘C’ word until at least December 20 … In the Dog-walking Digest Jem’s still not quite right but Scamp gets into the Hallowe’en spirit early (treats not tricks). We also recognise that October babies are clearly the best!

Podcast Ep55: Nov 8 2019

Engagement: this week we are all about working out what engagement actually means in an online community, before telling a few stories of disengaged learners in the classroom! We also cover quite a bit else considering it was only half a week – a disappointing sporting weekend (and not just because of Rafa), a Challenge in Trainer Talk and why some birthday cards just won’t cut the mustard. Meanwhile, Sharon’s dreams are becoming increasingly focussed and Ginette gets to officially watch people running up and down. In the Dog-walking Digest, Jem’s health is still a bit of a question and we can exclusively confirm that Scamp is not a bunny … There are still two more Trainer Talk Local events to go to before the year’s out and of course the main event, Trainer Talk Live, in December. And don’t forget to keep your questions open-ended!

Podcast Ep56: Nov 15 2019

Awards: do they mean anything? In this week’s episode, Ginette brings trivia overload and Sharon wonders why so many people travel to London on Thursday afternoons. We bring an update on the #WhoKnowsYou challenge in Trainer Talk and mull over whether or not we should care if people put in the work for something they’ve already paid for. In our Top of Mind segment we discuss the seeming proliferation of awards – are they all that credible when it comes down to it? Jem’s still not quite right and Scamp’s gone on strike from his evening walks because of the fireworks. We’re gearing up for the last Trainer Talk Live and Local of the year and discuss how there are still six working weeks left, so why are people slowing down already?! Last but not least we talk about having an appropriate online delivery style.

Podcast Ep57: Nov 22 2019

Integrity and Credibility: this week we have a lot to say (although as Sharon’s now psychic, so she could have predicted that …), including how some people have unrealistic expectations, why it’s all about practice and what on earth ZATS are … Ginette tries a white pizza for the first time (it’s a thing – who knew?!), endures two meetings and has a fab chat about online accessibility. In the Top of Mind Topic we discuss (at length) how to establish and maintain these crucial aspects of business success and how human beings are all judging, all of the time. Jem’s better even if Scamp’s not and the last Trainer Talk events of the year are just around the corner. Finally it’s all about feedback in this week’s online course creation top tip.

Podcast Ep58: Nov 29 2019

Putting yourself out there: this week Sharon has a comedy of overnight errors in Swansea, while Ginette can finally talk to people about something they’ll understand. We take a deep dive into understanding the what’s, why’s and wherefores of putting yourself out there in business – should you, and if so, how? Sharon’s learning Welsh (sort of), while Ginette comes close to getting a bit ranty (again). Jem’s been enjoying a walk along the beach, but Scamp is still refusing to walk at all after about half past one. There’s still time (just) to book for the last Trainer Talk Live of the year and in the top online course creation tip, we discuss the importance of learner milestones. So there we are.

Podcast Ep59: Dec 06 2019

Keeping on Learning: this week Sharon discovers that she has boring eyes but still manages to talk about tennis (even though the season’s over); Ginette can’t hear with her glasses on, but that doesn’t make her weird … We discover that we have more fans for the podcast (thank you!) and reward you with a full on conversation about the importance of making sure you keep learning – in whatever form that takes. Jem’s a bit better, but not sleeping well and Scamp’s still not happy about walking later in the day, but loving the frosty mornings. It’s the final Trainer Talk Live and Local of the year and in the Top Tip for online courses, we need to be wide screen.

Podcast Ep60: Dec 13 2019

End of Year Review Part One: in the penultimate episode before the Christmas break, we cover letting go (singing optional), Sharon getting all giddy and Ginette making a confession. We talk about how a review of the year can help you remember all the good (and not so good) bits and also the ones you’d rather forget (meditation anyone?). Ultimately we know that it’s all an experiment, so let’s make sure it’s both joyful and easy (which might also mean a bit woo-woo at times). In a shock revelation, Ginette has an opinion and Sharon’s upping the dog walking ante just to get a good night’s sleep (it’s working). And it *was* a motorbike, so there nur!

Episodes 41-50

Podcast Ep41: July 5 2019

Being Discouragement-proof – is it possible? In an episode considerably longer than a sub four-minute mile, Sharon wishes the year away, shows off her street creds while simultaneously being mum of the year (not). Ginette insists that mushrooms are evil and that having an extra business is good for business. In Top of Mind we talk about feeling discouraged, even though there might not be the evidence to back that up. The discussion is obviously a thinly-veiled cover for taking about taking action again, which Jem takes to heart every time she asks to go into the garden. In other news, we cover why squirrels in Cardiff are more discerning and how you can get the kettle to boil every time you post to Facebook …

Podcast Ep43: July 19 2019

Decision-making (and why you shouldn’t do it in a panic): Buckle up listeners, we’ve got a week and a half to catch you up on and Sharon’s taking no prisoners! This time we outdo ourselves with chat (and there’s no truth to the rumour that 80% of it was about cake). Sharon’s celebrating having one child about to become self-sufficient (congrats Amy!) and commiserating about how much the other one now costs (but she loves them really, honest!); Ginette meanwhile is contemplating the next generation of Get That Course Online, while trying to not to get into heated debates on or offline. In shock news, Facebook employs real people and Sharon admits more spreadsheet use while Ginette talks about the book she’s writing (but hasn’t actually started yet). In Top of Mind we discuss (in between the cake bits) how it’s a really bad idea to make decisions based on panic, fear or desperation – but how do we know when we’re doing that? We agree that dogs are really only obedient because they want something and we look at a cool online tool that keeps track of all your information feeds in one place. And cake. We may have talked a bit about cake.

Podcast Ep44: July 22 2019

Realistic Productivity: as the weather decides it’s time to heat up again, we are under the delusion that half a week means we’ll have less to talk about. One hour and 24 later and we’ve covered more Trainer Talk Locals, how you can’t stop Trainers Talking and why, even though it’s a mad idea, even Sharon niches further. Ginette discusses why working at the weekend can be fun and reveals her new job title. Sharon tries to get stern with Jem (who predictably takes no notice) and discovers some unexpected ‘bird seed’. We agree that productivity is helped by planning, but for Ginette the right amount is somewhere between none and some, as long as it’s not an excuse to procrastinate. This week’s cool online tool can handle even our ramblings and just when you thought it was over, we drop a bombshell …

Podcast Ep45: August 2 2019

Keeping Going: it’s the final episode before the summer break, so it’s another bumper edition to keep everyone going (that’s our excuse anyway!). This week we discuss why Americans don’t do vegetables, home-made cake, why rain needs structure and how we know it’s definitely a dog-chair. In actual helpful business-news, we also cover the importance of the first marketing email, the five best ways to keep going and how to encourage people to jump in and try the community for size. In the Dog-walking Digest we reveal the latest on ‘Dropping Watch’ and how the Cool Online Tool will make your training events much more interactive. We also have a very special guest …

Podcast Ep46: September 6 2019

Being Brave With Business Decisions: we’re back after the summer break and raring to go – will we have enough to talk about though?! After dismissing that silly question, we cover Gaskin family dramas (just Amy really), refreshed websites, and why we really like to make things easy. In Top of Mind we talk about making decisions in business and why we need to be brave and own them. Just when you think we’re too serious though, we also talk about why dogs don’t smell roses, and what gardening has to do with Trainer Talk Local, balance in your online courses and whether this episode is going to be Zen …

Podcast Ep47: Sept 13 2019

Resilience with Sheridan Webb: in this week’s shorter-than-the-new-normal episode, Sharon is a bit delirious – though whether that’s more about Rafa reaching 19 or the lack of sleep from watching it, who knows? Our guest Sheridan talks to us about coping with a prolonged dry spell of work – she’s also delirious about finally getting decent broadband! Not to be left out, Ginette can’t quite claim delirium, but has had another mad idea. We also discuss the guilt involved in not feeling able to relax properly when there’s work to do, how committing to Facebook Lives sometimes means you might get arrested, Trainer Talk Local goes international and we manage to reference grand flans, pity parties and big-girl-pants. In the Dog-walking Digest Jem makes her feelings clear about *that* bit of kit and Scamp isn’t a fan of hanging around. Just your normal week really.

Podcast Ep48: Sept 20 2019

Self-inflicted Overwhelm: this week we discuss the hugely important topics of faffing, filing, full moons and precision shopping, what gives Sharon the warm and fuzzies, the disgusting dog-related hold ups Ginette had to endure (you’ve been warned) and why an incomprehensible posh menu doesn’t always translate into nice food. The businessy bit is quite lengthy this week as we dive into the perils of overwhelm from over committing ourselves – is it just bad planning, or is there something more going on? We offer our pearls of wisdom before discussing some others given by the author of the book of the week. Sharon muses over whether moving might actually be the answer and Ginette wants us to say cheese for our online courses.

Podcast Ep49: Sept 26 2019

Packaging: in an episode length that *most* people like, we talk about woo-woo moments and why Trainer Talk Live is like bunking school even when it’s sold out (or is it?!). Sharon considers her accent preference and Ginette creates something really rather meta. In the Top of Mind Topic we discuss personal packaging – how are we presenting ourselves to the world and what has a popular yeast-based spread got to do with it? It’s a golden episode for sure!

Podcast Ep50: Oct 4 2019

Playing Big: this week we talk about belligerent swans, stretching our balloons and saving the world one dog at a time. Sharon found out it was International Podcast Day, which was fitting for the recording of our fiftieth episode (we will accept cake as a token of congratulations. ALL the cake.). We also discuss why Paul was perched on the bin and Kate was in the corner, the fast-becoming-mandatory pre-party for Trainer Talk Live and a *small* shout out to some non-dog people who really exist apparently! In the Top of Mind Topic, Karen Skidmore joins us as a guest to talk about how we can play big in business and Ginette gives another online course creation top tip about making sure learners know how to ask their questions (and what it really means if they don’t have any).

Episodes 31-40

Podcast Ep31: April 26 2019

Purpose (or What’s the point of social media these days?): in the 31st episode we get in-depth about social media and discuss whether we’re in the (as yet) undefined third age of the tool and what that means for our businesses; but it’s not all deep and meaningful (phew!) as we also talk about shilly-shallying, how many eureka moments have been lost to impatient dogs, whether it always rains in Wales, the trouble with (some) vegans and the Marvel infinity stones. And llama videos. Obviously.

Podcast Ep32: May 3 2019

Ideas: Or how do you keep a good idea from fading away? In the ninth happy episode (that’s number 32 to non-mathematicians), we cover mindset, synchronicity and synergy; in our top of mind topic we talk about how to nurture ideas when you work alone – even though we’re very happy to no longer have trial by committee; Ginette gets dangerously close to a rant and we talk about whether Sharon had heavy wind … meaning the weather obviously (can’t believe you went there); Jem finally fell off the chair which was really rather hilarious and Sharon’s book of the week set off a bit of a woo-woo chain of events, while Ginette is let off lightly again as someone else finds a great tool for trainers.

Podcast Ep33: May 10 2019

Business Improvements: when is enough, enough? This week, as well as the fascinating facts about the number 33, Ginette regales us with her tales of Tough Mudder (it was indeed tough and muddy), a shocker on the dog walk and a cool tool for capturing our thoughts in mind bubbles. Sharon is still being tight-lipped about the secret-squirrel project, makes a pun that Anne would be proud of and brings us a book that has led her to a whole new learning opportunity. In Top of Mind we talk about whether there’s ever a finishing line in business. We also shamelessly canvas for votes in the British Podcasting Awards even though the idea of anyone actually listening to us is still a bit weird …

Podcast Ep34: May 17 2019

Resilience: How to get back into shape. If you’re wondering what Chumbawamba, BMW and a Facebook Live (with a facepack) have in common, it’s this week’s episode number 34 (which is also magic), and that’s just the Top of Mind Topic! In a first for Trainer Talk the Podcast, we have a guest on to talk about her experiences with resilience – you won’t want to miss Amanda Alexander’s stories. In other news, Tennis Talk the Podcast makes an appearance, Jem’s getting a haircut (if she ever gets off the chair), Sharon takes a big business step forward and Ginette still can’t tell you what the Secret Squirrel meetings are about, but we both love an unprompted testimonial.

Podcast Ep35: May 24 2019

Community: why is it important? This week’s bumper episode sees Sharon in her second home and Ginette realise she’s no longer a freelance trainer … We reflect on the amazing-ness that is Trainer Talk Live and Sharon finally reveals what the secret squirrel was all about! Our top of mind topic sees us get all deep and meaningful about the nature of belonging (and how you can insert an expletive of your choice), but to counter the depths comes a light and airy look at why it’s essential to listen to your intuition, especially if you want to enjoy a cuppa. In the Dog-walking Digest, Ginette finds the world’s only dog that doesn’t want to go for a walk, and then Sharon learns about selling with heart (mainly because it’s short). Last but not least we look at an app that will keep your writing active.

Podcast Ep36: May 31 2019

Expert: when do you get to call yourself one? This week life gets back to normal (at least for Jem during recording), as Sharon gets caught out and Ginette talks about square triangles; in slightly more business-related content we discuss the new Trainer Talk Local events being organised (no squirrels here anymore) and whether or not – and when – it’s acceptable to call yourself an expert. We both agree that gurus are distasteful and talk about whether surfboards are like traffic cones. The cool online tool helps to speed things up and we finish in time for something tennisy to happen (yep, it’s started).

Podcast Ep37: June 7 2019

Open Courses and Events: how to do them. In an episode that has the star factor, Sharon confesses that she hasn’t watched much tennis (except for Rafa obvs) and Ginette has trouble with a Good Samaritan. Also in this episode, we discuss why Sharon isn’t a whale and what she said to make Ginette snort (with laughter). Our top of mind topic looks at all the things we need to think about for open courses and events (including why we’d bother!) and we talk about what the League of Gentlemen has to do with Trainer Talk (hint: Local). Meanwhile, Jem sleeps lots (except when the podcast is recording) and Scamp’s been behaving (ish).

Podcast Ep38: June 14 2019

Email Marketing and how to think about it. In this week’s episode Sharon shoe-horns in some special numbers of her own and Ginette gets technical talking about background internet whizzy stuff. For some reason, tennis is discussed at length, although it underlines a point about success not being an accident. We cover mindset (for a change), the power of repetition, whether you’re asking for feedback or praise, some tricksy tips for competitor analysis and being clear on your target audience. And in case you think we were all serious in this one, it’s also the one where we make up our own sound effects, we decide that Jem could predict the next (men’s) Football World Cup winners and how it’s still all happening in Bournemouth (even though Sharon’s doing her best to leave it out).

Podcast Ep39: June 21 2019

Sparkle! Going down a rabbit-hole: This week we discuss polite Japanese slang and whether it’s a good thing to overload on learning. Sharon’s full of thoughts about adding value to the membership while Ginette’s trying to censor her mum’s movie watching. We take some time to discuss what happens when we get distracted by following a train of thought – when is it procrastination, when is it genuinely helpful and which bit is the Podcast classed as?! Gut feel comes into play again, but we’re not impressed by the continued sogginess of the dog walks, even though Trainer Talk Locals are off to a flying start and the nifty cool tool will help you save and share interesting stuff.

Podcast Ep40: June 28 2019

Reviews: when do you know it’s time to change? This week (in amongst the tennis talk obviously), Sharon gets a touch of FOMO with the first of the Trainer Talk Locals and Ginette gets the feedback she was waiting for. We discuss how important it is to get reassurance from time to time, but sometimes we just need to get on and do! In the Top of Mind topic we talk about change – should you plan to review and if so, how often? In the Dog-walking Digest, Jem has an ‘incident’, which pales into comparison with what’s revealed later in the Podcast. We also cover another cool tool and have a super-long list of shout outs for lovely listeners!

Episodes 21-30

Podcast Ep21: Feb 15 2019

Statistics: In the 21st ‘It’s THEIR stuff’ episode, we discuss life’s important topics such as stinky candles. Sharon almost takes firestarting a little too literally and then talks about spreadsheets (twice), before revealing that the explosion of wildlife might be less about Eau d’Gaskin and more about last summer’s heatwave. Ginette isn’t so sure she should’ve gone to a certain high street optician and fails miserably to predict which month is rubbish for sign ups. Happily we do talk quite a bit about something work-related – this week, we tackle whether stats really matter …

Podcast Ep22: Feb 22 2019

Reasons: In this week’s episode (sponsored by the word ‘Bonkers’), Sharon finds her meditative trance, new personal development opportunities and yet more wildlife – but also finds someone trying to be her, at least on LinkedIn! However every cloud and all that … Ginette meanwhile gets an unexpectedly pleasant customer service experience, an unexpected present and an unexpected shock that this is the SECOND time someone’s tried to steal Sharon’s work and identity! In other news we talk a lot about why we bother being freelance at all, giddiness at the upcoming first Trainer Talk Live of 2019 and how WTF is all about ‘characters’ …

Podcast Ep23: Mar 1 2019

Commitment: In this episode we can confirm that Sharon looks like her photos and never misses an opportunity to remind someone about an action they promised to take … in other news, The Trainers Training Company and Trainer Talk have both had a website refresh from Ginette and are now showing off some pretty special new looks! We talk about the importance of first impressions, saying thank you, weekly newsletters, being consistent, trusting the process and taking a step back to consider the bigger picture. In this week’s shock news from the Dog Walk, Sharon gets kicked (yes really) by a random stranger and Ginette tests being flexible to the limit!

Podcast Ep24: Mar 8 2019

Referrals: this week we reflect on why sitting in a room can be knackering even if you do have drugs … when something isn’t just good it’s gooood, Ginette arranges a surprise guest appearance at Trainer Talk Live to help celebrate ten years of The Trainers Training Company and we find out what Uncle Bulgaria’s got to do with it all. Our top of mind topic is all about referrals, which unsurprisingly leads us to talking about niches (again), before Sharon confesses to kicking even more varieties of wildlife out of the way on her dog walk. Last but not least, we got some fan mail!

Podcast Ep25: March 15 2019

Delegation: we’re a quarter century in and it’s time for a spring clean – but only when you get to speak to the right person! Sharon does her best to beat herself up, but Ginette’s the one who ends up apologising; we talk a lot about creating space to have time to enjoy your business, but do we self-sabotage the time we create? In the Dog-walking Digest, Jem has a little adventure and we discuss how Councils seem to spend a lot of money on dubious projects at this time of the year. There’s no event (tells us about yours!), but there is a HUGE book to read and a blog idea generator to use.

Podcast Ep26: March 22 2019

Breaks: in our longest episode yet, we talk about our packed weeks with several highlights including someone taking us seriously enough to join up (yes really), a new handbag with a false first impression, a tennis honour and what it means to be differently relaxed. We discuss what taking a break from business really means and find out that Sharon doesn’t take holidays in case she never comes back and Ginette doesn’t take holidays because it’s not productive (this is why we’re definitely not role models). The Dog-walking Digest is a muddy affair with a bit of a white lie and we also cover why Tom Cruise should be your content strategist and how Mercury might have been having some technological fun …

Podcast Ep27: March 29 2019

Attention: in the latest episode Sharon and Ginette talk about the M word (and the S word) and how we all do more of it than we think; we take a surprising look at productivity and also how you’re never too old to smash a limiting belief. Top of Mind this week is a dive into just why it might be that people don’t always give our communication their full attention – and how we as consumers are just as guilty! In the Dog-walking Digest, Sharon’s been distracted by lambs and Ginette brings us the latest on bike-rack-gate. Last but not least this week, there’s a squishy procrastination-buster to get hold of too!

Podcast Ep28: April 5 2019

Action! In this week’s episode, everything is topsy-turvy and not just because of the clocks going forward. We record the day before publishing (the pressure!) and Sharon has clearly been abducted by aliens as her clone has been both sensible AND detailed with the long-awaited review of Mighty Networks. Ginette reflects on the success of her online course creation Bootcamp, and we chat about how taking action is the only way to see business success. In other news, we discuss why eating cake in Dorset is mandatory – even if you’re “just being polite” (yeah right) and how the book of the week sparked a zesty-action-taker into doing the do!

Podcast Ep29: April 12 2019

Assumptions: this week we may have only had half a week to talk about, but we crammed an awful lot into it, including a debacle, a dig and a decision that gurus don’t always know best; Sharon is a zesty-action-taker with recruiting a new member to Team Podcast and Ginette struggles with the clock-change but still swings those kettle bells about; we assume that we can cover something as complex as assumptions in business in our top of mind discussion slot and lose our way somewhat when getting sidetracked about Instagram; in the Dog-walking Digest it’s V.E.T. time, we banish excuse-itis with the Book of the Week, look forward to the next Trainer Talk Live and find a way to have lots of tabs open, without having lots of tabs open …

Podcast Ep30: April 19 2019

Application: In our Easter episode, we discuss ‘proper’ tennis, Tough Mudder training, being more Tiger and why this is all linked to finding the learning in everything we do. Sharon is very decisive (except when she’s not) and Ginette gets to talk to some fun people. We resurrect @TrainerTalkPod and talk about how to stand out against 99,999 other trainers (which involves reading, trying and making sure people can’t see up your nose); it’s also revealed that even the UN comes to Sharon for trainers. In other news, Ginette’s forehead is a bit red and shiny at the moment, and Sharon catches the wildlife colluding on the Dog Walk. Just your average week really …

Episodes 11-20

Podcast Ep11: Nov 23 2018

Engagement: In this episode, Jem finally unleashes all her pent-up opinions, which leads to a short pause in proceedings and a conversation about squeaky balls. In other news, how a long-necked animal has led to a game-changing tool for trainers, why late-night carb-cravings and Siri don’t mix, Sharon adds her own sound effects and Ginette has a mini-rant about quotation attribution. Much of this is genuinely related to business, but it takes us more than an hour (again) to cover it all!

Podcast Ep12: Nov 30 2018

Planning: In the ‘dozenth’ episode, Ginette celebrates by getting a cold, Sharon has a mad week and they discuss whether business planning is really all that … Sharon continues to claim that she doesn’t do spreadsheets and Ginette talks about being in a yoga-boat (or something like that – she’s ill you know). They also cover Trainer Talk Live (get your bookings in quickly!), illusions are shattered when Sharon ‘fesses up and Ginette wants to help you touch up those photos without having to get all techie about it.

Podcast Ep13: Dec 2 2018

Review: As the Podcast enters its teenage phase, Sharon has a mammoth shredding sesh and Ginette’s brain gets randomly productive; we talk about being in the right place at the right time, why the C word is really only two days and how big-girl-pants mean business growth; SkySports goes to Tipton tennis centre (sort of) while Hinge and Brackett have a revival and Ginette reveals why ‘p’ is actually ‘o’; finally we almost managed to keep this one under an hour … so we carry on talking, obviously.

Podcast Ep14: Dec 14 2018

Connection: In this episode: why last week was mega-busy, and (sshh!) there was a fire-starting moment without Sharon! Connection in business is scientifically proven to be crucial and getting phones out in an event takes the energy up another level; it turns out a Timelord can also be a sore loser and freelancing is, let’s face it, swirly; Sharon feels vindicated about being bah-humbug and Ginette sneaks in a pun.

Podcast Ep15: Dec 21 2018

Highlights: It’s the last recording before the break, so it’s a bumper edition from Sharon and Ginette as we discuss the most hilarious Online Business Clinic to date, Sharon’s bonus LinkedIn coaching and how she finally says the ‘C’ word; how a newsletter template can save the day and Ginette has (several) random claims to fame; we both discuss some of the lighter highlights of the year and Sharon has to endure some praise. Finally, dog walking (bad) fashion is reviewed (yes, really, trust us!), Ginette’s running a bootcamp and we both wish you a peaceful/riotous Christmas and New Year, depending on your preference!

Podcast Ep 16: Jan 11 2019

Disconnecting: We’re back! In the first episode of 2019, we decide to keep it fairly light and gentle, before ignoring that completely and getting all deep and meaningful. Twice. We also talk about the benefits of tweaks versus resolutions, why Sharon officially doesn’t do detail and how to focus on what success looks like. Chocolate may be mentioned more than once and we ask ‘do dogs get bored?’. The big event is Ginette’s online course creation Bootcamp and the cool tool may be missing a letter, but you won’t miss out on publicising your blog with almost no effort at all – even if you do decide to have a complete break from all things social media.

Podcast Ep17: Jan 18 2019

Blogging: This week Sharon’s kept awake by Rafa, but what happens when he retires? Why the first is the worst (so get it over with) and how Sharon nearly became a random taxi service. Ginette gets a venue found for free for the Bootcamp and starts up a side-hustle because it’s not like she’s got much to do already … We’re fresh out of events so send us yours to promote (except apparently not to Twitter) and the cool tool helps us to stay on top of the latest linguistic trends – even though we’re seriously too old and don’t even know!

Podcast Ep18: Jan 25 2019

Focus: 2019 is definitely up and running! This week we see how many clichés we can fit in to one podcast episode, while agreeing that Blue Monday is a load of old cobblers. Ginette has some new video-making toys and Sharon thinks the meditation is helping (although it could also be sleep deprivation). We’re both keeping all the plates spinning and trying to have quality interactions on social media. That said, Instagram is the spyware of choice to keep an eye on the family … Trainer Talk Live is happening again soon and the cool online tool will keep yer stuff proper, like. Innit.

Podcast Ep19: Feb 1 2019

Completion: It’s episode number na-na-na-na-nineteen, but all is well as Sharon’s feeling philosophical after the Aussie Open final and deluged with the response to her social media cull! This makes up for the slight mishap with meditation as we also celebrate that fact that done is better than perfect. Ginette gets a surprising result to her webinar experiment while dealing with scandal on the dog walk. We also talk about how to be a ninja in Birmingham and why you should definitely get captions on your videos.

Podcast Ep20: Feb 8 2019

Politeness: In Episode 20 Sharon puts Ginette on the spot about the LinkedIn challenge before revealing that apparently falling asleep during meditation isn’t the done thing; Ginette has a bit of a rant about rude people and we discuss how to find the balance between helping people and being taken for granted! The white stuff makes it to Bournemouth but not Birmingham, but that doesn’t explain why Sharon’s having to kick the wildlife out of her way on the dog walk. Also this week, apparently all disciplines of science are basically the same thing …

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Podcast Ep1: Sept 14 2018

Authenticity: In the first ever episode, Sharon and Ginette talk about the importance of authenticity, that ‘back to school’ feeling, networking and mind mapping!

Podcast Ep2: Sept 21 2018

Collaboration: In this episode, Sharon and Ginette discuss collaboration – which can sometimes come from random conversations! They also cover co-working spaces and why five-star reviews are the only way to go …

Podcast Ep3: Sept 28 2018

Testimonials: Sharon and Ginette talk all things testimonials in this episode, along with the importance of keeping distraction free and in the moment!

Podcast Ep4: Oct 5 2018

Accountability: We’re all about the sound effects this week … plus a bit about the recent Trainer Talk Live, the importance of being accountable and how cats just aren’t the same as dogs …

Podcast Ep5: Oct 12 2018

Nudging: This week the search for the perfect app continues, speakers at Trainer Talk Live get both lunch AND cake, nudge nudge wink wink and DO say some more, Ginette’s got a poltergeist and Sharon has the perfect programme to get you clarity in your training business.

Podcast Ep6: Oct 19 2018

Busy-ness: It’s a big week: Sharon’s sings and the search for the app is over (not necessarily related), Lightbulb Jo illuminates us about her secrets, why 80s music was obviously the best, how being busy can get in the way of being sustainable, what boustrophedonic has to do with geography and why we should get graphic and capture our screens with Pacman (sort of).

Podcast Ep7: Oct 26 2018

Consistency: This week we can’t stop talking: we cover everything beginning with ‘C’ (almost), why we have #smugface, whether something is a failure or just not working, bonkers tennis parents and what Aristotle’s got to do with anything. It’s all connected to running your own freelance training business, we promise!

Podcast Ep8: Nov 2 2018

Investment: This time around Ginette gets revenge, Jem makes her debut and then misses her big moment, we talk about being confident about charging and getting over the fear of investing in your business; we’re also completely professional at all times (honest), so you can believe us when we say every business gets better when you have a dog and why it’s all about ‘stickability’; finally, please share us with your friends!

Podcast Ep9: Nov 9 2018

Mindset: For the ninth episode, Ginette and Sharon discuss why neither of their weeks were dominated by business, there are good vibes in the new network and Jane Rennie spills her secrets; we talk about why we’re taking a LinkedIn challenge and what Kevin Bacon’s got to do with anything, Ginette shows off (even though she really isn’t very woo-woo) and Sharon explains why Jem gets high … and by the way IT’S NOT CHRISTMAS YET!

Podcast Ep10: Nov 16 2018

LinkedIn: In the first double-digit episode, Sharon and Ginette forget they need to stop talking at some point, Sharon has #smugface before remembering that she does do spreadsheets really, Ginette has a Farcical Friday and they both talk (at length) about LinkedIn. You also get to find out what Alan Partridge has to do with this week’s event to consider and why being organised can be a pretty slick process.

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