Starting your portfolio career – be a trainer

Bernadette Mcdonald

Embracing the Role of Trainer: A Path to Professional Growth and Impact

As lawyers, we are accustomed to the ever-evolving demands of the legal profession. From mastering complex legal frameworks to navigating intricate client matters, our days are often filled with diverse challenges and opportunities. Yet, amidst the hustle and bustle of our legal practice, have you ever considered adding a new dimension to your professional portfolio – that of a legal trainer?

In this blog post, we’ll explore the enriching journey of transitioning into a training role, offering insights and practical tips for solicitors who are eager to expand their horizons and make a meaningful impact through training initiatives.

Identifying Your Niche: The Foundation of Training Excellence

One of the first steps in embarking on this journey is identifying your niche training area. Reflect on your years of experience, practice areas, and areas of passion. Is there a particular aspect of law where you excel or possess unique insights? Perhaps you have honed your skills in contract negotiations, alternative dispute resolution, or regulatory compliance.

By leveraging your expertise and interests, you can carve out a niche training area that not only aligns with your strengths but also resonates with your audience. Remember, the key is to choose a focus area where you can offer valuable insights and make a tangible impact.

Gaining Training Experience: Leveraging Resources Within Your Firm

Once you’ve identified your niche, the next step is gaining training experience. One effective strategy is to leverage the resources available within your firm. Consider collaborating with trainees, junior associates, or even seasoned colleagues to co-develop training modules or workshops.

Engage in open dialogue with your colleagues to identify areas of interest or areas where additional training may be beneficial. By working collaboratively, you not only enrich the training experience but also foster a culture of knowledge-sharing and professional development within your firm.

Additionally, don’t underestimate the power of on-the-job training opportunities. Offer to mentor junior colleagues, lead internal lunch-and-learn sessions, or participate in firm-wide training initiatives. These experiences not only enhance your own training skills but also contribute to the collective growth and development of your firm.

Navigating the Journey: Embracing Continuous Learning and Growth

As you embark on this journey, it’s important to embrace a mindset of continuous learning and growth. Be open to feedback, seek out opportunities for skill development, and don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone. Whether it’s refining your presentation skills, exploring new training methodologies, or incorporating technology into your training sessions, there are endless avenues for growth in the realm of legal training.

Remember that building a successful training portfolio takes time, dedication, and perseverance. Celebrate your successes, learn from your challenges, and remain committed to making a positive impact through your training initiatives.

In Conclusion: Seizing the Opportunity to Make a Difference

In conclusion, the role of a legal trainer offers a unique opportunity to share your expertise, inspire the next generation, and leave a lasting legacy in the legal profession. By identifying your niche, leveraging resources within your firm, and embracing a mindset of continuous learning and growth, you can embark on a fulfilling journey of professional development and impact.

So, to all solicitors considering diversifying their work portfolio to include training – seize the opportunity to make a difference, empower others, and contribute to the collective growth and success of the legal community. Your journey as a legal trainer starts now.

If you are thinking of developing your own legal portfolio and are not sure how or where to start, why not book an exploratory session with me


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