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Trainer Talk Local

Connect with freelance trainers who live near you
at our mini business development sessions

Trainer Talk Local events are fun, friendly and collaborative in person events that offer an inspiring way to connect with other freelance trainers. Each session is built around a business development topic, and you’ll also have the opportunity to discuss your business challenges and get brilliant solutions from people who understand.  

Why come to a Trainer Talk Local session?

Trainer Talk Local events are an opportunity to:

Connect with other local freelance trainers

Share business challenges and experiences

Swap advice and opportunities

Get help and support to grow your business

Be part of a vibrant and supportive community

Hi, I’m Sharon Gaskin

If you would love to connect and collaborate with other trainers in your local area, then Trainer Talk Local is for you!

My name is Sharon Gaskin and I’m the Founder of The Trainers Training Company, the premier resource to help freelance trainers create successful and profitable training businesses.

Since 2010, I have built up the Trainer Talk community, which used to include a national Trainer Talk Live event several times a year.

Time and again, trainers told me that as much as they loved the national event, they couldn’t always commit to attend it.

Instead, they asked, could I offer smaller, local events where they could connect with fellow trainers closer to home?

And so, Trainer Talk Local was born!

Trainer Talk Local provides a calendar of events in various places around the UK, designed to offer connections with like-minded people – people who get what it’s like to be a freelance trainer – along with fantastic support and opportunities to share challenges and wins (and a cuppa!) in a safe, friendly environment.

You can find your nearest Trainer Talk Local further down the page.

Trainer Talk Local FAQs

Freelance and Independent trainers – whether you are just starting out, have many years under your belt, or somewhere in between!

You don’t, but you will pay the most to attend as a non-member.

Please note that having a subscription to the Opportunity Alert Service is not Trainer Talk membership.

Around ten people at each one would be a good guess, but numbers can vary in each location.

Between 2 to 2.5 hours, depending on the number of people there and the topics being discussed! There is normally an opportunity for a discussion on a main topic, followed by anyone’s particular challenges or questions they’d like to get advice on and then finally an opportunity for any non or new members to have a look around the membership hub to see what Trainer Talk membership is all about.

Of course! Just follow the location below and book as you would for one closest to you. When your Local Leader gets in touch, it’s worth mentioning this to them, in case there are local logistical factors to be aware of.

  • For Trainer Talk Members who pay for their membership either monthly or annually, the cost is £35 + VAT.
  • For non-members, the cost is £50 + VAT. 
  • Opportunity Alert Subscribers should book at the non-member rate.
  • An Early Bird discount may be available, depending on when you book – prices are always clearly displayed on  the Eventbrite booking page for each event.

Simply click on your preferred location below and book using your credit or debit card or read a bit more about each Local and then book!

If you haven’t been to a Trainer Talk Local event before, you might be wondering what to expect. The most important thing to know is that the sessions are friendly and welcoming and include freelance trainers from all sorts of backgrounds and experience levels. 

The start times vary depending on the location and the length is usually 2-2.5 hours, but the general format is:

  • 15 minutes of introductions
  • 45 minutes to an hour for the main presentation 
  • A 30-45-minute ‘clinic’ sessions where everyone has the opportunity to get advice from the group about a challenge or question
  • 10-30-minute wrap up where the Trainer Talk online hub is also demonstrated for anyone who wants to have a look around

Depending on the attendees and agreed discussion topics, this can be quite a fluid agenda!

Current Trainer Talk Local Locations

East Midlands, London, Oxford, Manchester, Midlands, Staffordshire

Click on the map to find out more about
forthcoming Trainer Talk Local events at each location:

Karen Cureton from Social Media Trainers

Book now to secure your place at the following events:

East Midlands

My name is Karen Cureton and I’m your Trainer Talk Local Leader for the East Midlands. I’m also joint leader for the Midlands with the lovely Susannah Simmons.

I’ve been a member of Trainer Talk since 2019 and a Trainer Talk Local Leader since 2020.

I went full-time freelance in 2012 and work with businesses and individuals to help them achieve improved results from their social media activity. I also work with organisations to improve customer experience through sales training.

I look forward to welcoming you to a Trainer Talk Local meet-up very soon!


LinkedIn –

Next events: 

Friday 13th September 2024

Karen and Susannah (our Staffordshire Trainer Talk Local leader) are also running a joint event on Friday 14th June 2024 – see Midlands for details)

Next event topic: 

 Top tools to make life as a trainer easier


Fridays, 10am-12pm (Optional continuation over lunch – contact Karen to arrange this)


The Priest House, Kings Mills Castle Donington Derby DE74 2RR

Jennie Blake from Serenity Sessions

Book now to secure your place at the following events:


Jennie here – your Trainer Talk Local Leader for London.

I am a Voluntary Sector Trainer and Consultant, helping charities build high-performing teams that create long-lasting outcomes for vulnerable service users. I have 25 years+ of experience working in frontline services, predominantly in the Homelessness and Youth Work sectors.

I left employment during the pandemic to start my own business and have discovered that running a business is like personal development on steroids!

Trainer Talk has been a lifesaver, and I’m grateful to be part of this community where we can connect, learn and grow our businesses together.

I’m a big lover of colour and music, both of which move me through every part of my day, beginning with a bright pink shot of energy in the morning brightening my day (yes, that’s my hair!) to playlists and specific tracks played just before I start training to energise my delivery.

Favourite track for training: “The Power” by Snap. What’s yours?

I love running and boxing but also do yoga regularly and meditate every day… it’s all about balance!

I look forward to welcoming you to a Trainer Talk Local London event very soon!

LinkedIn –

Next events: 

Friday 12th July 2024

Friday 1st November 2024


🌟 Join us for a hot topic discussion: Harnessing AI as a trainer! 🌟

Are you intrigued by the potential of AI to revolutionise the world of training and coaching? Dive into the fascinating realm of using AI as one of your tools as a trainer and discover its limitless possibilities.

We’ll be discussing the cutting-edge technologies reshaping the way we learn and teach. Join us in discussions on the effectiveness of AI-driven training methods, its integration into existing design methods, and the potential future of AI-delivered training sessions.

Whether you’re a seasoned professional or just dipping your toes into the world of AI training, come along to share valuable insights, learn how to benefit from AI in your business and use the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals. Don’t miss out on this chance to explore the intersection of AI and training—see you there! 🚀


🌟 Our hot topic discussion: Nurturing financial wellbeing for trainers! 🌟

Are you a trainer or coach seeking to strengthen your financial foundation? Dive into an insightful discussion on nurturing financial wellbeing.

Explore practical strategies and hear the insights shared by other freelance trainers and coaches. From managing irregular income streams to creating sustainable financial plans, we’ll tackle the challenges and opportunities of our freelancing finances.

Whether you’re just starting out or a seasoned veteran, this event offers a supportive space to share experiences, exchange tips, and learn from fellow professionals. Join us for an enriching conversation on financial wellbeing—it’s time to thrive! 💰


Fridays, 10am-12pm


Revolution, 140-144 Leadenhall Street, London, EC3V 4QT

Pam Molyneux of PM Business Support Services

Book now to secure your place at the following events: 


Hi, I am Pam Molyneux, and I am your Trainer Talk Local Leader for Manchester.

I am an independent HR Consultant, helping UK SMEs achieve people management success through contracts, BreatheHR Software & management development.  I have spent 25 years in the arena of HR and people management, with 15 of those in the outsource arena so am well versed in making it work for business owners and management teams and individuals.

Since setting up my business in March 2021, I have seen the power of and benefitted greatly from networking and building relationships in communities with like-minded professionals.  So, when I found Trainer Talk in November 2022, I knew this was going to be a great place to learn, grow and build my business.  I felt it important to have a Trainer Talk local to me and so became a Leader in September 2023.

I love to blog; listening to and appearing on podcasts; and getting out in nature for a good walk.

I look forward to growing the Manchester community and welcoming you to a Trainer Talk Local Manchester event very soon!

LinkedIn –

Facebook group – Trainer Talk Local – Manchester | Facebook

Next events: 

Wednesday 2nd October 2024

Next event topic 

To be confirmed


Mondays or Wednesdays, 11am-2pm


Oasis suite, The Orient (Upper Level) (opposite Bills restaurant), The Trafford Centre, Manchester, M17 8AA

Karen Cureton and Susannah Simmons

Book now to secure your place at the following events:


New for 2024, Karen Cureton (our East Midlands Trainer Talk Local Leader) and Susannah Simmons (our Staffordshire Trainer Talk Local Leader) will be teaming up to offer a Midlands event too. You can read more about them under East Midlands (above) and Staffordshire (below).

Next events: 

Friday 14th June 2024

Event hot topic: 

“How do you productise your business to have multiple revenue streams?”

The typical training business will make money by selling the time it takes to prepare, deliver and follow through on a training programme. But, trading time for money is tough. There are only so many hours you can work. So how can you turn your hourly rate into something that can be sold as a product that takes you and your precious time out of the equation?


Fridays, 10am-12pm


White Hart Hotel, 34-36 Carter Street, Uttoxeter, ST14 8EU 

Book now to secure your place at the following events:


Hello! My name is Neil Shorney and I’m your Trainer Talk Local Leader for Oxford and the surrounding area.

I’ve been a member of Trainer Talk since January 2020 after Sharon persuaded me to finally drop associate work and gain more direct clients – it’s the best career move I’ve ever made!

I love the sharing of knowledge which goes on in Trainer Talk, so I was delighted to be asked to host Trainer Talk Local for Oxford.

In my business, I’ve developed Sales-PM Fusion, which helps companies close bigger deals, more predictably, and in shorter timescales. I also help other trainers to deliver engaging virtual training.

I look forward to welcoming you to a Trainer Talk Local meet-up very soon!


LinkedIn – 

Next events: 

Friday 20th September 2024

Hot topic: Working Smarter – Delivering more value with less work?

Join us for a networking session where trainers will come together to share their insights and strategies for ‘working smarter’. This session is all about collaboration and idea sharing. Bring your own tips and tricks for delivering more value with less effort, whether it’s streamlining processes, prioritising tasks effectively, or leveraging technology. Together, we’ll explore how to optimise workflows and achieve better results with less time and effort.


Friday, 11am-1pm


Wind meeting room, The Wheelhouse Loft, 134 Tyndale House, Cowley Road, Oxford,  OX4 1JH

Book now to secure your place at the following events:


Hi! I’m Susannah – your Trainer Talk Local Leader for Staffordshire. I’m also joint leader for the Midlands with the lovely Karen Cureton.

I have a portfolio career which includes helping software companies turn new customers into loyal customers as The Software Adoption Doctor and helping people feel forever fit & fabulous as the Feel Good Fitness Coach.

I first left corporate life in 2013 without a plan and followed some well meant, expensive advice. In 2016, I took a part-time job to supplement my income and rescue my mental health. Shortly after, I decided to make my businesses my focus but knew I needed a great support network of people who really understood the highs and lows of freelance life. That’s when I found Sharon and the Trainer Talk community and I wouldn’t be without it.

When I am not working, I will normally be spending time with my husband (Dom) and teenage daughter (Harriet). We’ll either be out enjoying a delicious meal, cocktails and wine (Mocktails for Harriet, of course!) or at home watching the latest movies and series on Netflix or Disney+.

To unwind on my own, I like to walk and read (not at the same time).

I look forward to welcoming you to Trainer Talk Local and learning about you, your business and your restaurant/TV/film/walk/book recommendations!

LinkedIn –

Next events: 

Friday 15th November 2024

Susannah and Karen (our East Midlands Trainer Talk Local leader and Trainer Talk Live leader) are running a joint event on Friday 14th June 2024 – see Midlands for details

Next event topic: To be confirmed


Fridays, 10am-12pm


Brampton Hill House, The Hollies, Newcastle, Staffordshire, ST5 0QY  


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