The Great Training Robbery, Part 4 of 13

13 ideas for protecting yourself from being ripped off

Burglar, by Terry Freedman

Someone posted in a Facebook group recently that he thinks he's been ripped off. He was pretty sure that someone who had attended a training course of his had taken his materials and then run the training in their school. So, what can you do to lessen the chance of something like this happening to you?

Here are my thoughts on the matter. Please bear in mind these are my personal opinions, and I'm not giving advice, legal or otherwise. But I hope you find the points worth thinking about.

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Include unique content

When I give training I tend to include content that isn't written down, such as lots of anecdotes based on my experience. It enriches the written content of the course in a way that makes it hard to reproduce. You might argue that that wouldn't matter, because if someone decided to run one of my courses, nobody would know all those anecdotes are missing. That's true, but it would end up being a very short course!

Tomorrow: a useful 'trick' to make it more difficult to rip off your work.