Subscribe to Podcast

Subscribe on iTunes
Subscribe on Stitcher
Subscribe on Google Play
Subscribe on Spotify

This may sound counter intuitive but there are times when if you want to maintain credibility you have to recognise your personal limitations. A false sense of your abilities leading to a (I can do anything) attitude may do you more harm than good. So here are a few thoughts that you should bear in mind when to turn down work offered to you. Do not accept work if:

  1. The training is for an organisation whose values do not reflect your own. Having grown up in a home with an addicted gambler I have made it a personal value not to have anything whatsoever to do with gambling. So, when an online bingo gaming company offered me some work I said no because it conflicted with my core values.
  2. The work is offered at very short notice and you have insufficient time to prepare for it. Being unprepared is a recipe for poor feedback and reviews. Your lack of preparation time is not the fault of the participants and if you perform poorly you will jeopardise your reputation.
  3. The compensation is not the going rate for the work. Do not end up being a ‘busy fool’ – I once accepted work at a flat rate without thinking about the costs involved and once I had paid travel and accommodation expenses I was barely making anything on that contract.
  4. The conditions in the training environment hamper you in delivering a first-class service. Especially true for face to face training when the physical comfort of learners is key to them concentrating but can apply to online learning as well if you are forced to use a platform that is not up to the task.
  5. The topic of the course is outside your field of expertise. Whilst I do not believe Trainers have to know everything single thing about a subject they should at least know enough to do more than just read PowerPoint slides.
  6. Sponsors of the training are vague about its purpose and seem disinterested in its outcome. Behaviours of participants are unlikely to change and the training will be judged as worthless and being associated with this will damage your credibility.
  7. The wrong audience has been selected for the course. Most commonly you see this when beginners are enrolled onto an ‘advanced’ course and vice versa.
  8. Accepting this work will detract or take you away from something else more important -this might be an important family event or simply a more lucrative contract elsewhere.


Have you ever turned down training work? Did you ever regret this? I’d love to know the circumstances -Lets share our experiences