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๐Ÿ—ž Course Creators Weekly #13 ๐Ÿ—“ September 21st, 2020 - How to Create an Online Course

This week, we have Pat Flynn sharing tips and his process for creating an online course from scratch, Amy Portfield sharing her tips on how to improve completion rates, and Janelle Allen telling us about the #1 mistake she sees course creators make. Enjoy! ๐Ÿ˜Š

How to Create an Online Course (Starting from ZERO)
๐Ÿ“น Video ๐Ÿฅ— Mixed Salad

How to Create an Online Course (Starting from ZERO)

  • ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ
    To create a course, you must come from a place of service and helping others
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    People don't buy coursesโ€”they buy the outcome
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    You must know for whom you're creating transformation
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    You don't need to teach a unique topic, but you need a unique advantage
  • ๐Ÿ•ต๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ
    Find your nicheโ€”even a small one can be profitable with a premium course
  • ๐Ÿ™Œ
    Do you need your own audience? Not necessarily, but even a small one can help
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    Don't have an audience? Go where they hang out, watch and join discussions
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    Learn to speak your target audience's language
  • โœ…
    Keep your videos short, and stick with one action item per video
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    Keep your course as long as it needs to be to create transformationโ€”no more
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    Start with a few peopleโ€”build confidence, improve your process, get testimonials
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    If you can't find a few people to Beta test with, how will you find more later?
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    Remember: "Your earnings are a byproduct of how well you serve your audience"

How to outline a course

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    Take a post-it note and write down where people are right now in their journey
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    On another post-it note, write down where they want to go (the transformation)
  • 3๏ธโƒฃ
    Brainstorm everything you can teach to help them get there, one idea per note
  • 4๏ธโƒฃ
    Group your post-it notes into logical clusters, then re-order them
  • 5๏ธโƒฃ
    Fill the gaps, remove the duplicates, and there you have your modules
Pat Flynn via youtube.com

P.S. Will you upvote my comment on the video? I'd love that! ๐Ÿ˜‡

10 Ways to Get Your Students to the Finish Line
๐ŸŽ™ Podcast ๐ŸŽ‰ Student Success

10 Ways to Get Your Students to the Finish Line

Amy Portfield shares some great tips on how to improve course completion rates. You don't have to do everything on this list. Implement the ones that work for you and your students. I recommend listening to the podcast episode for lots more context.

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    Use an onboarding email sequence to set the pace and guide students
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    Set clear expectations before someone starts your course
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    Encourage students to find accountability partners + offer a cheat sheet as a guide
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    Gamify and award students for progressing and completing challenges
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    Create opportunities for giving/receiving feedback
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    Structure your course to avoid overwhelmโ€”use short videos + frameworks
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    Offer the opportunity for real-time check-ins
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    Offer weekly Q&A sessions
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    Manage your student's mindsetโ€”address roadblocks, fears and negative patterns
amyporterfield.com
The #1 mistake most course creators make
โœ๏ธ Article ๐ŸŽ‰ Student Success

The #1 mistake most course creators make

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    Don't fall in love with the specifics of your course ideaโ€”that'd be your #1 mistake
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    Listen to your audience's feelings, wants, and obstacles
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    Create a supportive learning environment (e.g. communities)
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    Help your learners recognise the habits that are holding them back
janelleallen.com

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Hey, I'm Merott ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป

I'm an indie maker and freelance web developer from London.

I'm building my own business, because I'm terrible at following other people, and because I want my work to matter. I hope it will, to you and to your students.

Making progress, slowly and steadily, I'm also documenting and tweeting my journey every Monday @merott .

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Merott