Meet a Trainer
We caught with Rik Schnabel, who has worked in the training industry for over 12 years. He has over 20,000 training and coaching hours and is a world-class trainer of Life Coaching, Neuro Linguistic Programming, Public Speaking and Trainers Training.
Today he is the director of Australian training and coaching company, Life Beyond Limits Pty Ltd and a respected board member of the Australian Board of Neuro Linguistic Programming (ABNLP).
What courses did you study to become a Trainer and Life Coach? And tell us a bit about your current role?
In the area of coaching I have studied with:
- The Life Coaching Academy back in 2003 (they were the first institution to gain accreditation in Australia)
- Christopher Howard (Christopher Howard International) who trained under Tad James
- Kathy McKenzie
- Russell Cunningham (The Australian Self-Development Institute)
- Michael Grinder (Michael Grinder and Associates)
- Penny Tompkins and James Lawley (The Developing Company)
- Marvin Oka (Mbraining)
- Stephen Gilligan
What does a Trainer do on a day-to day basis?
The trainer must always start with a clear outcome for their students. This way, they unconsciously set their mindset as a compass to ensure everyone gets what they came for. Nightly, I read through the training manual to re-familiarize myself with the next day’s content and consider how to make the delivery more interesting and compelling.
I start each day by meditating to clear any clutter. Check all equipment to ensure its working and then my job is to make sure everyone including the team and the students are comfortable to start the day. My final check is at the end of a day to make sure everyone is fine and where they should be.
What do you think are the skills a Trainer should have?
- Walks Their Talk. Firstly, a good trainer must know their material. They live it and breathe it.
- Rhythmic and Energised. I don’t believe anyone should teach anything that they are not passionate about, it creates good energy. A great trainer is attuned to their own energy level and that of the class. They know when the more dry or factual content is coming up and adjusts delivery accordingly.
- Great Observation. We have a policy that is no-one gets left behind. So we always intend that everyone will learn and understand what we’re teaching. Our observational skills must be at an all-time high so that we see everything. Including when we need to slow it down or speed it up.
What are the three things you absolutely love about your job?
- Something tells me that we are contributing to humanity, bringing ‘kind’ back to humankind – I so love that about this thing I can hardly call ‘work.’
- There are no thousands of students that we have touched and helped to make their lives a little better, some a lot better and oodles have been totally transformed. That can do nothing but make you feel good about your contribution.
- Training gives me the life I had once never imagined was ever possible. When I’m on I’m on and when I’m off, I’m somewhere out floating on sapphire waters surfing in the sun. I often find that I don’t want to leave the water to go training and then I go training and I don’t want to leave my students – go figure.
What advice would you give students aspiring to work in the Training and Development industry?
We teach Trainers, and in that training we make it clear that to succeed and become a leader within the industry; we have 5 golden philosophies;
- No human is stupid and everything can be learned when you have a curious teacher.
- Treat your students as you would your children and the love alone in the room will create the perfect conditions.
- Great health is your greatest friend. Your body is the carrier of your body of work, treat it with respect.
- Trainers like students, are here on earth for a reason. Find yours.
- Never stop learning.
What is next on your career horizon?
I am releasing my third book (ROAR! Courage – From Fear to Fearless) in the USA. This is my first book in the US and I hope to be working in America. I love working with our enthusiastic cousins across the globe.
Thank You, Rik, for sharing your story with Training.com.au