Getting listed here as a PIE trainer

There are doubtless many very good trainers and consultants who may have been working in this field for many years. Others may be new, and bring a freshness and enthusiasm - and possibly other relevant experience*.

The current listing (HERE) is by no means a definitive guide, and very far from comprehensive. We are in the midst of a thorough up-dating.

For those that would be keen to be listed here,  a simple email (to Robin) is enough to begin the conversation.

Nevertheless, creating a directory does raise a few questions over how much information to put, in a directory for such face-to-face or direct in-put training and consultancy services.   What should it look like, and what information should it contain?

For example, how useful is it to know where an individual or a consultancy team is based, as an indication of what geographical range they can cover, at reasonable cost? If so, how best to express this? Do we including perhaps academic and independent researchers, who might want to connect with others, for research purposes?

If you have views on this - or if you have requests - there is a comment section at the bottom of this page, that you might use. Or join the forum discussion, which we hope will one day become a regular item in the calendar.

  • NB: Listing here does not indicate any 'authoritative' approval or quality control; that seems incompatible with the overall non-hierarchical spirit of the community of practice here.




Further background reading/listening/viewing

USPs and 'comparative advantage'

Each independent considering listing here is encouraged to suggest their 'Unique Selling Point' (USP) that distinguishes what they can offer from others. Now that the first edition of the trainers and consultants (and researchers') directory is published (HERE), it may be useful to give an indication of the terms used.  For these purposes, we suggested :

A working vocabulary for training and consultancy support offers

Mentoring and Supervision: one-to-one, usually confidential support. Mentoring can be relatively informal or can be quite structured, as a recognised role within an organisation or social structure. Supervision is usually a more formal role, and even an expectation in some professions, if so, tends to be more regular and structured, depending on the requirements of the particular profession.

Training: imparting new knowledge, or drawing out the full meaning of current knowledge, to increase the awareness and skills of the recipients.

Consultancy: on-going work with an organisation, to assist them in finding their own path

Research: any form of study - but usually quite carefully structured, with transparent methodology - that adds to the knowledge or understanding of the community, research may be kept confidential within and organisation, or shared more broadly, and/or published.

Evaluation: any form of study that assesses the 'value added' by an organisation, a service or a specific activity. Evaluation may be on-going and 'formative', or come only at the end of a period - 'summative evaluation'-  such as measuring outcomes.

(See 'On evaluation, for further discussion, HERE)