Silvia Dal Borgo, Training Manager and Founder at The Time for Wine

Silvia Dal Borgo founded The Time For Wine, a provider of online business training courses, after realising her potential as a specialist in wine, and in time management. She tells The Industry Leaders about the importance of self-investment when it comes to working as a freelance business leader.

How did you end up sitting where you are today?

After twenty years spent in the hectic world of corporate business, in different fields and roles, I realised that, although it had been an amazing ride and a lot of fun, it was no longer the place for me to be. I grasped that I was not happy where I was, and knew I had to change something. On one hand, I wanted to feel more useful to others; on the other, I longed to live a life that was more consistent with my values.

What kind of work does your role involve?

I am now an online trainer focused on business-to-business courses. I have specialised in two very different subjects which also happen to be my study passions: wine, and time management.

With my courses on time management, I help professionals become more efficient in their activities and more conscious of their one, non-renewable resource: time.

With my wine and wine service courses, I support businesses in the hospitality, and food and wine industry. I come in when owners and managers need to know more about the subject, or to train their staff on it.

What gets you excited about your industry?

What thrills me most about online training is that no place is too far away to reach — provided there’s an internet connection available. This opens up almost infinite possibilities for both trainers and learners: trainers can gain access to markets that would otherwise be off-limits; companies can hire the perfect trainers and, for instance, train their staff all at once, in different locations.

Especially, ‘live’ online training will continue to grow in the coming years. Its superpower is to remove long distances while making it still possible to provide amazing learning experiences.

What's the best advice anyone ever gave you?

“Don’t try to talk to everybody, or you’ll end up talking to nobody”.

We cannot reach or be liked by everybody, nor should we desire to. What counts most is to be able to connect with those who matter to us. This is true both in our personal and professional life.

Being able to connect with others enables us to establish a relationship of trust with our audience and with our customers, and help them make the transformations that they seek.

How do you support aspiring leaders in your field?

I am always more than happy to connect with fellow trainers for networking purposes, to compare notes, or simply to share ideas, challenges and knowledge.

It can be hard to believe, but the online world is a slow one. It takes time to position yourself and get to be known. This is why I really believe in the power of networking and in building healthy connections within the industry.