Borrowed husbands = more money, more wine

Sometimes as a trainer you gotta fake it til you make it.  I don’t mean with your content expertise – participants will know in a nano-second if you don’t know your stuff.  I also don’t mean with knowing how to teach – participants will sniff that out too PDQ.

What I mean is confidence.  Self-confidence.  Sometimes, especially when you’re new to training and development, you need to act more confident than you feel.

Or get a stand in to help.

Like Sandra Oldfield, Winemaker and Owner, Tinhorn Creek Vineyards, who had to borrow a husband. Her own husband in fact.

I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry as Sandra talked about being a newbie female winemaker and vineyard owner who needed a bank loan, regaling myself and others during the Forum for Women Entrepreneur’s gala event. When she started out as a vineyard owner it was rare to have a female at the helm. The banks wouldn’t take her seriously. And she seriously needed some cash.

Enter husband.

She had her husband stand next to her during the bank negotiations for a loan. It worked. She got the cash and some 15 years later she’s still successfully at it.

Talk about taking perspective into your own hands. Wonder if she still has to take her husband to the bank?

What have you done lately to bolster your confidence while training?



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2 Responses to “Borrowed husbands = more money, more wine”

  1. Doug Ragan Says:
    October 12th, 2011 at 6:04 am

    I promise to stand by you, especially if it gets you money!


    Your Husband.

  2. Lee-Anne Ragan Says:
    October 15th, 2011 at 7:32 am


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