ABOUT THE AUTHOR –
Amit Joshi is a successful trainer with 13+ years of experience in Language and Soft Skills Training, Profit Centre Operations, and Accounts Management, who has coached clients from various industries through diverse trainings.
1) Tell us a little about yourself and how your journey has been through as a freelance trainer?
I am a Corporate trainer for Behavioral and Leadership skills. I have trained over 3000 participants from more than 40 leading MNCs and the author of the book – Freelance training- How to crack the Freelance Training business in India. I am also a trained trainer from The British council and Instructional design from TISS. I have recently started my own company for Corporate training.
My journey as a Freelance trainer has been very exciting, learning and growing every day. The initial days were quite difficult, as I tried to acquire new clients and get training assignments. However after the first year, have been growing consistently thus making the journey very fulfilling and rewarding.
2) Why did you choose this topic?
When I first made a switch from a full time job to freelance training, back in 2013, there was no visibility in the market on how one can navigate in the arena of Freelance training. I had to make my way through trial and error. Later on, when I got reasonably established as a Trainer, I thought of sharing my learning with aspiring trainers and that’s when I thought of writing my book.
3) Does this book have any personal incidents?
Yes, the book has several personal incidents and experiences. I added them to give the readers a vivid perspective of the Freelance training profession.
4) As this book is about freelancing. How many freelancing jobs did you do?some incident ( could be funny/ motivational)that really left an impact over you?
As mentioned earlier, as a Freelance trainer, I have trained more than 3000 participants from over 40 leading companies. One incident which is quite memorable happened during my initial days as a Freelancer. I got called for an interview for a training assignment as a voice coach for a BPO. It was actually a teach-back, i.e. a demo training session. That was my first interview as a trainer and I was fairly confident about my knowledge and training ability, However when the demo started, the panel started asking questions about English grammar and some technical details about Voice and accent training. I was totally stumped by some of the questions and my hands were literally trembling. I was rejected as expected however, once I came home, I did extensive research on the internet and watched several videos on Youtube related to the topic and later on I did quite well in the other interviews on that subject. That was a great learning experience for me and will remember it for a long time to come.
5) Who are your role models?
Some of my role models are Tony Buzan, Anthony Robbins, Stephen Covey, Malcolm Gladwell and Chetan Bhagat
6) Your favourite authors? What do you really love about them?
there are a few favourite authors mostly from the Non-fiction books domain. I am thoroughly impressed by Malcolm Gladwell, Ram Charan, Robert Kiyosaki and Robin Sharma.
All of their writings are based on in depth research, succinct writing with a lot of valuable tips to implement the learnings from their writing. I strongly recommend reading their books to whoever is interested in Non-fiction self help, Management and Leadership related books.
7) Can you give a little brief about the book and what it means to you and giving out a part of what you do out to so many people?
Before I give information about my book, I would like to set some context. There is an immense scope for Training in India because of the skill gap between the Industry requirements and the skills provided by our educational institutes. There is also an immense need for training the existing workforce to meet the challenges faced by modern day organisations. A lot of companies are now realising this and have increased their focus on Learning and development. The training industry is quite nascent in the country and needs to evolve at a rapid pace to meet this challenge. Companies either have a dedicated training team to up-skill their workforce or tie up with Training partners to achieve this. Thus there is a growing need for trainers specialising in a wide array of subject areas and skills to keep up with the requirements. This need is being addressed either by full time training professionals or through Contract/Freelance Trainers.
Although there is a huge number of Freelance trainers who are either established or aspiring, there is very less visibility in terms of how one navigates his or her way in the Indian Freelance Training business.
About the book:
My book “How to crack the Freelance Training Market in India” aims to address this very challenge.It is the definitive guide for people wanting to make freelance training their career with the knowledge, skills and tips to tap into and sustain in the market. The books contains –
- A step by step guide to help trainers in their journey in the Freelance Training market
- Practical tips and insights based on first-hand experience
- Tools to help them implement and carry on the learning from the book
- Guidance from the Top trainers in India
- Ways to get an edge over your competitors in the Training arena
- Leverage the ideas to add an additional income source along with their regular job
8) As most of the millennials like us are confused with what to do in life what do you think that Freelancing will turn out to be the major developing field in the future times? Will this book guide us with the whole process?
Full time corporate jobs are becoming extremely dynamic and stressful day by day. No job or industry promises a long term safe secure career. The key is to constantly learn, unlearn and grow. Also, the current generation is very ambitious and not afraid to explore novel paths. Owing to these reasons, Freelancing will surely be a viable option and will grow in several fields. My book specifically deals with Freelance training profession however it can also provide some general guidance for freelancing overall.
9)Since how long were you articulating this book?
It took me about 6 months to write my book.
10) If it could be rewritten which author would you like it to rewrite?
I would like it to be written by some popular author like Chetan Bhagat so that it can reach out to a vast audience.
11) How did you start writing?
I started writing almost 8 years ago when I used to occasionally write articles, however started writing seriously just a couple of years ago when I wrote my book.
12) What does writing mean to you?
Writing is a means for expressing and gaining clarity for my own ideas. I also view it as a way to help other people. Personally, it can help to establish a brand for myself and establish my credentials.
13) Did any special research/ incident happen in putting up this book?
The book is based mostly on my first- hand experience in the Freelance training world and I believe that would add a lot of value for the readers who are considering this career option.
14) Any future publications/ previous publications?
In the future I am planning to write books on alternative careers for today’s youth and about learning styles and preferences of children.
16) what is your usual process in writing?
Do you write in a stretch or throughout in between chores?
Given my schedule, it is difficult to set a fixed time regularly for writing. I find time to write, in chunks i.e. some days I get more time whereas there are days when I do not get time at all. However I make sure that my mind is always working on the concept/subject I want to write on. I then break it into smaller tasks, starting with the broad outline, sub topics in the beginning. Once the flow and the outline are clear, it becomes easy to elaborate on them when I get some more time. This is how I managed to write my book.
17)How do you get rid of writer’s block?
Haven’t really experienced a block so don’t know how to overcome it. The only challenge I face is to manage time.
Based on a tip from another author, one thing I can suggest for Non-fiction writers is to get ideas about questions people might have related to the subject from Quora. Once you know what questions people are asking, you can guide your thoughts towards answering them.
18) What troubles did you face during publishing the book. What changes do you want out in the whole process?
Since I had no knowledge about the publishing world earlier, I had to do a lot of searching on the internet to find out the publishers and know who would be interested in publishing my work. Once identified, the other challenge was to pitch for the book by sending the proposal in their formats and convincing them about the potential of my book.
19) Some writing tips for our writers/bloggers/ freelancers?
Read like there is no tomorrow and be hungry to learn new things. If you follow these tips, writing will come automatically.
20) Something for our readers?
Read like there is no tomorrow.
buy the book here.