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Designing a class 101.
Two to 2.5 hour classes, workshops are what I want to focus on.
My first workshop will be TURN YOUR EXPERIENCE INTO CASH. A workshop in creating information products from your experience.
Two hours. It will be scheduled on several Sat. Mornings in Oct, Nov, Dec and also be offered ON DEMAND to meet people's time.
10 minute intro and hand outs. I like to hand out things, get them involved early, usually a mechanical pencil and pen to each, and some blank worksheets. Long ago, I learned NOT to give them books, booklets or pamphlets or any support materials because they glance it through, think, "I know this, or I've heard this before" and they drift.
Giving them something to do right up front keeps them involved.
The intro will be my Navy chatteling experience, and the first edition of the CHATTEL REPORT sent via mail. Then the first digital version in 1990, first digital version sold in bulk in 1994 and in 1997 a TON of them. Then go over some other Intellectual Property and Special Reports we've created.
10 mins for them to write down jobs, hobbies, list experiences.
10 mins we share (or whatever time is needed).
Then they use the BINARY MATRIX to get to their first idea.
My part two lecture...a list of how to write a report, various formats, laying it out and them working on their first IP.
We're into the second hour and we go over the MARKETING, the opportunities, and then the FAMILY OF PRODUCTS or other creative babies.
End with Automatic Product Vending and/or potential teaching of their idea at my place or a possible JV.
This will be FREE, a lead generator. I'm building a TEMPLATE for these classes, a 2hour, a 2.5, a 3, 4 (half day) or full day of about 6.5 hours with a lunch break too.
Anyone should be able to use these templates and create their own workshop, class or lesson plan.
What I have learned from years of doing these things is: KEEP them involved, create a personalized workshop which will be different for everyone because their worksheets will be about them.
Ask them to hold all questions until the end of the segment, and chances are most of them are covered.
Prevent class takeovers. Always get the one or two who want to take over and hog up the time, best way to prevent that is a TASK for them. I give them a special assignment, and they keep stories to a minimum.
I have several tracks to take any given person down, once they have gone through one of the FREE workshops.
The purpose is to find others who can teach, or create IP, and build a network. Maybe form some clubs, groups, or meet ups from this.
We have a lot for WRITERS, which seems to be an Evergreen market, and locally there is no shortage of authors who would love a paid gig too, most give free lectures at libraries, I want to pay them for their time.
Creating courseware may be one of the classes we get into soon, I have several fellow software trainers who are experienced with courseware. I think there might be a demand (don't know) of small spiral bound booklets on popular software like WordPress, sure a ton of free info, and video, and youtube, but some (maybe most) people learn faster and remember more with an instructor and going through courseware they can take home.
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