Top Trainer Tips To Make 2023 Your Best Learning Year Ever

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Could your approach to training use a glow-up? We asked four of the aesthetics industry’s leading trainers—Kevin HarringtonHermine WarrenDawn Sagrillo, and Connie Brennan—for their advice on making the most of every session, and learned that it’s all about planning smarter.

Below, tap into their expertise on keeping track of training near you, making time in your schedule, and getting more from your experience.

Where to find out about trainings near you

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Trust us: Keeping track of conferences and happenings is a ton of work, but there are a few hacks to save time and stay in the loop.

First, talk to your vendors. All of our experts recommended contacting vendor reps about training in your area.

Second, follow groups like Titan Aesthetic RecruitingxMedica, or Palette Resources for training listings. Prefer to keep things social? Palette and xMedica post upcoming opportunities on Instagram, while Titan updates on Facebook. Organizations like ISPANModern Beauty, and AmSPA offer a variety of courses at one time, if you want to knock out your annual course load at the same time.

And while you’re weighing which classes to take, Connie Brennan (APRN, AGNP-BC, PHN, CANS, CPSN, ISPAN-F) strongly recommends adding cadaver anatomy education into the rotation.

“Cadaver courses are a must,” she said. Chris Surek, Jonathan Sykes and Sebastian Cotofana offer courses that are worth taking at least once; more often two to three a year would be ideal.”

How to make time for more training

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Dr. Hermine Warren (DNP, APRN, CANS, ISPAN-F, CNM)

The most important thing you can do is block the time on your calendar well in advance—anywhere from three months to a full year out—to mentally commit to education as part of your workload.

“When you are in control of your schedule, you are able to see where you have availability and where you do not. Last minute scheduling is not efficient,” Dr. Hermine Warren (DNP, APRN, CANS, ISPAN-F, CNM) warned.

“For my injectors, I try and find one primary course I will pay to send them to a year, and then do internal training monthly along with vendor-supported trainings offsite and in-house with colleagues I know and trust,” Dawn Sagrillo (MSN, AGNP-BC, CANS, CPSN) said. I block these out at least 3 months prior to work out our busy injection schedule and to ensure there is some income still coming in when they are off.”

Ideally, your company will pay for at least some of your training, but don’t let out-of-pocket costs deter you. “Invest in yourself,” Connie added. “You won’t regret investing in your own education.”

How to maximize your learning time

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Kevin Harrington (MSN, APRN, FNP-C)

Getting more from education starts with defining your goals. What are you hoping to achieve by taking time away from your clients?

Kevin Harrington (MSN, A.P.R.N., F.N.P.-C) suggested four steps when selecting and preparing for training:

  1. Have a clear objective with a measurable goal
  2. Review anatomy, facial aging, ratio, and proportion prior to the training
  3. Ensure your objectives are in alignment with the training being offered
  4. Always ask the “why” and advantages and disadvantages to different techniques being presented.

Before your class, read up on the subject, and make a plan to put your new skills into practice as soon as possible.

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Dawn Sagrillo (MSN, AGNP-BC, CANS, CPSN)

“If you are going to a training that is demonstrating a new technique or piece of equipment to you, reading up on it prior to the training gives you a leg up. You will be able to process new information more readily than hearing information about something you know nothing about,” Hermine advised. “Also, if you are in the learning phase, scheduling at least 10-20 patients after the training will help you refine your skills. A training does nothing for you if you don’t continue to utilize what you have learned.”

Got other injectors in your office? Share what you learn with your colleagues. At Dawn’s practice, team members download what they’ve learned at monthly injector meetings.

“I also like to share videos I take at trainings on Slack,” she said.” Share your tips on how to prep and what to do after to gain the most benefits from each training.

Keeping up with your training is critical. Technology and best practices are constantly evolving, and there may be a new technique on the horizon to help you better serve your clients. Make time on your calendar in 2023 for training, and make sure you’re getting the most out of every minute—and dollar—you spend developing your skills.

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