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Do you struggle with being overwhelmed with creating an online course? In this episode, I share how you can stop feeling overwhelmed in your online course and start moving ahead on the next step. I also answer listener questions.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the steps to plan, create, promote and market you online course, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Use my simple steps as outlined in the podcast to take each step in chunks. I use this strategy in my business and life to make things less overwhelming. I recently did this with an upcoming course I’m creating. It was easy to look at the big picture and feel like I could never create all the content. I had to step back, break the project down and see what I can do in simple steps. This made it much easier and it became a game as I checked off each step of planning, creating and producing the new online course (details coming soon!). What steps can you break your project into to make it easier to create and less overwhelming? Listen to the podcast to learn my exact steps.
The Online Course Creation Summit
The Online Course Creation Summit will feature 40 top entrepreneurs & course experts, like Pat Flynn, Ryan Lee, Danny Inny and myself. We are coming together to share our best-kept secrets on how to design, build and launch your own online course! I’ll be speaking about how to use videos in your online courses. We talk about the 3 stages of every great course video, as well as tips to make your videos look professionally made. I’ve been producing videos professionally since 2002 and I’ve worked with Dan Miller, Carrie Wilkerson, The Ziglar company, Fortune 500 companies and many more. And I give a ton of tips and tricks in my interview. You can learn about it and sign up for free by going toOnlineCourseCoach.com/summit
I get a lot of questions from the podcast listeners. Below are 3 questions that I was recently asked.
1. A lot of people in the podcasts and with online courses in general, really take the approach that the class is closing soon, my next one will be in X weeks, etc. I realize that’s to motivate people but it really has me confused. I thought that online courses were delivered “on demand”. Is that true? Are there some creators who instead approach it in a more traditional way – classes start this day, and finished on that day? I see a lot of marketing material that is geared this way, as if I’m taking the course with 40 other people. If it’s not a live course, and there is no “assignments” which are viewed by the teacher, why do these courses have a start and end date rather than being self-contained courses to be consumed when needed?
2. Exactly what material can I use and how do I attribute it in my course? Say I wanted to become the expert on a topic, optimism for example. To become an expert, I would do a literature review of sorts. Read all the current research, books, etc. then bundle that together in a way that became a coherent course. Am I allowed to use “exercises” that an author recommends in their book? Can I say, “John Jones recommends this approach for changing your minds set in two minutes.”?
3. Am I allowed to create a course that steps someone through the book? That digests it, pulls out the important points, etc. I guess similar to a book club where people discuss a book or a college class where the professor is teaching from a textbook. I wonder if one way around that would be to essentially purchase a copy of the book for everyone in the class.