The Benefits of Training
It’s amazing and sometimes overwhelming how fast 2019 is going (we’re already in March), but despite the speed, there are some things that are constant in the business world. One of them is the usefulness of training & development!
Hey everyone! I’m Toyin Opebiyi of TeesBakery, an award-winning luxury wedding and celebration cake company.
There was once a time in my career as a baker that I was known to be 100% self-taught. Oh, how I loved that title. It made me feel good in the inside and I always felt like I didn’t need to attend trainings or workshops. I felt like I was good enough- Oh boy how wrong was I!
My very first training was with the amazing Rosalind Miller one of UK’s top bakers, I remember booking myself for it not because I wanted to learn how to make the cake that was advertised, but because of two things;
- Lori Hutchinson, one of my cake crushes was coming all the way from Canada to take the class. What a great opportunity to meet The Caketress herself
- I totally admired Rosalind Miller and I desperately wanted a bakery just as good as hers – so basically, I wanted to learn from the way she runs her bakery.
After attending the course my views about workshops / training changed completely and here 3 key things I took away with me which continues to stay with me.
- Workshops/ trainings helps one to explore new ways of working. Yes, ways I never even thought about- some much easier than what I was doing. It gives you hands-on information about your business, directly from the experts. Your approach to your operations may change. Yes, I agree there’s a lot out there on google or YouTube, but you will be shocked at the amount of “clutter” these workshop helps you to avoid, bringing out information that is specific and relevant for your business.
- Oh yes, you get to build close relationships with people and strengthen existing relationships. In the industry that we are in, relationships are very key. Sadly, it’s much more difficult to make it on your own.
- Absorbing the energy of like-minded individuals- Firstly, you get to meet people who have walked the walk you are walking or about to walk, are in the same line of business as you and just as passionate. You get to absorb their energy- especially if you are at a low point in your business. There’s nothing like being in the same room as likeminded people and uplifting each other.
In conclusion, I encourage you to invest in yourself by attending various and relevant workshops like the upcoming EVN Power Forum. The importance of attending or training oneself whilst running a business cannot be overemphasised. It’s one of the main investments one can make that pays forward and it yields results in the form of increased productivity, morale and success.
Founder & CEO of Tee’s Bakery