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

Brighton, Bristol, East Midlands, Ireland, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Midlands, Oxford, Staffordshire

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

Nicola Williams, trainer and coach

Brighton

Hi. I’m Nicola Williams and I’m your Trainer Talk Local Leader for Brighton. 

I’m a relationships coach, trainer and facilitator of 20 years experience, supporting people to enjoy wellbeing, confidence and happiness, in kind, healthy relationships, in both personal and professional life.

I’m deeply committed to living what I teach, and to bringing my ongoing learning and life experience to my work.

I’ve run my own business for the last 20 years, in both the UK and Ireland. I’m very happy to be a member of the Trainer Talk community, because for me, life and work is all about relationships.

I’ll be very happy to welcome you to a Trainer Talk Local Brighton event soon!

www.nicola-williams.com

linkedin.com/in/nicolawilliamstrainingandcoaching

Next event:

Friday 13th September 2024

Events in 2025:

Friday 17th January 2025
Friday 4th April 2025
Friday 6th June 2025

Next event topic:

Hot Topic: ‘How do the different parts of you help or hinder you in your business?’

Does your Inner Pusher get in the driving seat and work you a little too hard sometimes (or most of the time!)? Do you have a Manager Part that does a great job of organising and planning your work? Maybe you have a Super Confident Part that turns up in the training room, a part that gets frozen when it comes to marketing, or a Perfectionist Part that sometimes stops you from putting yourself out there fully.

Take time to reflect on your inner team and how you can nurture and make the most of the different parts of you to support your success in your business!

Timing: 

12pm to 3pm

Location:

Revolution, 77 West Street, Brighton, BN1 2RA

Bristol

Hi, I am Faye Beddow and I am your Trainer Talk Local Leader for Bristol.

I decided to go freelance in 2019 having been made redundant from my role and wanted to take more control of my work-life – what I do, when I do it and where. I haven’t looked back since!

But, I quickly realised that without a team around you it can be a lonely place. I was introduced to Trainer Talk and found a community of other freelance trainers who had a range of experience as business owners and as people development experts. I found a generosity in this group I had not expected. They are now my support team – where I go to offer and receive help and advice, have a laugh and to share the ups and downs of life as a freelancer.

In my business I am an independent trainer, coach, and consultant specialising in Leadership and Organisational Development. I offer bespoke development solutions to organisations looking to achieve high-performing teams through compassionate leadership. I am also often found facilitating new teams to develop their vision, values and strategies for effective team working.

I look forward to welcoming you to a Trainer Talk Local in Bristol soon where we will grow an equally generous community!

Faye

LinkedIn – linkedin.com/in/fayebeddow

Next events:

Friday 4th October 2024


Events in 2025:

Friday 31st January 2025
Friday 25th April 2025
Friday 18th July 2025

Next event topic:

Hot Topic: How to stand out from the crowd

Are you a freelance trainer or a coach looking to increase your visibility? To position yourself well to potential new clients and expand your reach?

Whether you are a corporate leaver setting out on your own for the first time, or a seasoned veteran, as a small business owner it is important to stand out from the crowd.

So, how can you nurture your existing network and expand your visibility to reach new audiences? Should you attend networking events, and if so, which ones? Or is social media the place to be? It’s a crowded marketplace, so how do we stand out?

This event is a supportive place to come and share your own experiences – your wins (and your learning opportunities!) and to learn from others’ experiences.

Timing:

10am to 12pm

Location:

Totos By The River
125 Redcliff Street
Bristol
BS1 6HU

East Midlands

Hello!
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!

Karen

LinkedIn – linkedin.com/in/karencuretontraining

Next events:

Friday 11th October 2024

Events in 2025:

Friday 7th February 2025
Friday 26th September 2025

Next event hot topic:

Friday 11th October: Top tools to make life as a trainer easier

Martin Perry of Redwing Training, East Midlands Trainer Talk Local guest speakerThis talk will be presented by a fantastic guest speaker, Martin Perry.

Martin has been the owner of Redwing Training since 2025, and previously worked in Banking and IT in the City of London banking sector. 

Redwing specialises in Microsoft 365 training an advice, including using SharePoint, OneDrive, Teams, Excel, and Power BI.

In his spare time, Martin can generally be found on a bike somewhere in the UK or Europe!

Hot topics for 2025:

Friday 7th February 2025: Five years since the start of the pandemic – has it changed training forever?

Training and coaching changed drastically during the pandemic, and whilst some businesses flourished, others floundered. How has the pandemic had a lasting impact on your business – has it been for the better or worse, and what can we learn from that difficult time?

Friday 26th September 2025: Investing in your business – There are a multitude of ways to invest in your business, from branding and marketing experts, to equipment, or coaching and group memberships. But how do you discern what is a priority and what will be good ROI?

Timing:

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

Location:

The Priest House, Kings Mills Castle Donington Derby DE74 2RR
Top trainer Karen Scorland of Transform Learning Services

Booking details coming soon

Ireland - Coming soon!

Hi, I’m Karen Scolard, your Trainer Talk Local Leader for Ireland.

With 25+ years’ experience, I am passionate about coaching individuals and teams to foster an understanding of agile ways of working, enhancing skills through learning opportunities that help them achieve their goals.

I offer training, coaching and workshop facilitation for teams and individuals that focus on the principles of business agility and navigating change with confidence.

I look forward to meeting you at a Trainer Talk Local Ireland event soon!

LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/kscolard/

Website – https://transformlearningservices.com/

 

Karen’s first event will be held virtually.

Next events:

To be confirmed

Next event topic:

To be confirmed

Timing: 

To be confirmed

Location:

To be confirmed

Booking details coming soon

Liverpool - Coming soon!

Hi I am Annette Barnes and I  am your Trainer Talk Leader for Liverpool.

With over 30 years of experience, I specialise in helping organisations enhance communication, develop leadership, boost productivity, and address performance issues to reduce absenteeism and staff turnover. I offer training in leadership development, performance management, advanced communication, conflict resolution, courageous conversations, confidence building, and team creation. We’ve successfully collaborated with the NHS, Fire Brigade, Bibby, Birmingham Children’s Trust, Talking Life Training, and Sefton Council.

As a Trainer Talk member for over three years, I am dedicated to supporting fellow trainers and I’m very much looking forward to meeting you at Trainer Talk Local in Liverpool soon!

You can contact me via my LinkedIn profile Annette Barnes | LinkedIn or my website Inner Solutions Life Coaching Ltd (innersolutionsltd.co.uk)

Next events – Save the dates for 2025! (Booking will be available soon):

Friday 24th January 2025
Friday 19th September 2025

Annette will also be running a joint North West session with Pam Molyneux on Friday 20th June (further details to be confirmed)

Next event topic:

To be confirmed

Timing: 

To be confirmed

Location:

To be confirmed
Jennie Blake from Serenity Sessions

Book now to secure your place at the following events:

London

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 –  linkedin.com/in/serenitysessions

Next events:

Friday 12th July 2024
Friday 1st November 2024

NEXT EVENT TOPIC – FRIDAY 12TH JULY

🌟 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! 🚀

NOVEMBER’S TOPIC

🌟 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! 💰

Timing: 

Fridays, 10am-12pm

Location:

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: 

Manchester

Hi, I’m Pam Molyneux, your Trainer Talk Local Leader for Manchester.

I am an independent HR Consultant, empowering Businesses with Modern HR Solutions for Efficiency, Excellence, and Compliance.  I have spent over 25 years in the arena of HR and people management, with 15 of those in the outsource arena so I 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 get 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!

Find out more about my business through my website

Or my LinkedIn profile.

Next events:

Thursday 3rd October 2024

Events in 2025:

Wednesday 9th April 2025
Friday 14th November 2025

Next event topic: Building a Strong Personal Brand

You have a dual role – a trainer/coach/facilitator and business owner, so having a compelling personal brand can significantly enhance your marketing efforts and business position. We’ll explore the key elements of personal branding and how to craft your personal brand story.  Along with plenty of time to network and build relationships with fellow business owners.

Timing: 

Thursday, 10.30am – 12.30pm

Location:

Oasis suite, The Orient (Upper Level) (opposite Bills restaurant), The Trafford Centre, Manchester, M17 8AA
Karen Cureton and Susannah Simmons

Booking information for future events to be confirmed

Midlands

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:

To be confirmed

Event hot topic:

To be confirmed

Timing: 

Fridays, 10am-12pm

Location:

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

Booking details coming soon

North West - Coming soon!

New for 2025, Annette Barnes (our Liverpool Trainer Talk Local Leader) and Pam Molyneux (our Manchester Trainer Talk Local Leader) will be teaming up to offer a North West event too. You can read more about them under Liverpool (above) and Manchester (above).

Next event (Save the date – Booking details available soon):

Friday 20th June 2025

Event hot topic:

To be confirmed

Timing: 

To be confirmed

Location:

To be confirmed

Booking details coming soon

Oxford

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!

Neil

LinkedIn – linkedin.com/in/neilshorney 

Next events:

To be confirmed

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.

Timing: 

Friday, 11am-1pm

Location:

To be confirmed

Book now to secure your place at the following events:

Staffordshire

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 – linkedin.com/in/susannahsimmons

Next events:

Friday 15th November 2024

Next event topic: 

To be confirmed

Timing: 

Fridays, 10am-12pm

Location:

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

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