The Pros and Cons of Working with Multiple Trainers



If you are an independent corporate trainer, you might balk at the idea of taking on a second trainer to help facilitate your training sessions. But if you are trying to grow your training business, it might be something to consider. Because we love to share information with our trainers, and because we’ve seen it all in the training classroom, we want to give you the pros and cons of working with multiple trainers so that you can decide for yourself whether or not that is a route you want to take with your training business.


The Cons

Let’s start with the reasons why you might not consider working with multiple trainers in your business:

     You might hire a flaky trainer who doesn’t show up on time, or at all

     You have to be responsible for what other trainers say and do during courses

     You might not be able to afford to hire another trainer

     Another trainer might monopolize your courses when teaching together

     You might not get along with another trainer

     It might be hard to work with another person’s schedule

     Another trainer might not know the materials as well as you do

     They might not be willing to do the work to learn the materials

     They might be unprofessional.

     They might not pull their weight while teaching or in the business in general

     They might be as committed to growing the business as you are

     You might have to fire them



The Pros

Now, let’s look at the reasons why you should consider working with multiple trainers in your business:

     You don’t have to do all the work

     You can facilitate more than one group activity at a time

     You can teach in more than one place at a time

     You can provide participants with multiple perspectives and experiences

     If you get sick, you can take a day off

     You’ll be able to offer various teaching methods and techniques

     Different trainers means different training experiences

     You can draw on more experience

     You can share the marketing and advertising efforts to grow your business

     You can meet with more potential clients

     You get to take more breaks throughout your day

     It could lend to the credibility of your training organization

     You could charge a premium for more experienced trainers

     You can run a training business without having to do the training yourself


There are plenty of reasons why you should consider taking on another trainer in your training business. But then again, there are just as many reasons why you should think twice about it. The great news is that it is your decision to make, so if you hesitate to bring on a second or even third trainer to help you manage and grow your business, why not consider a trial run, or even a part-time opportunity to see how it goes. If you are satisfied with the way things are moving after you bring on another trainer, you can consider incorporating a full-time trainer into your business. Of course, you can decide to continue to be a one-man band and do the work yourself. Either way, consider all of your options before making a decision; and remember that you can always change your mind if your situation changes and you need to scale back or expand your business.