If you’ve signed up to teach here at Lyghtly and you’ve been confirmed as an instructor, it’s time for you to plan and promote your class! Here are the basics to help you get started in preparation, practice, and promoting your class.
- Know what you’re teaching — It’s important that you understand the direction you want to take in your class. What is the main objective, and what is the one thing you want people to remember?
- Create an outline for your class — Since you now have an objective, it’s important to create an outline to bring structure to your teaching. Important parts of your outline include 1) an introduction, 2) focus, 3) practice, 4) wrap-up and summary.
- Write your content — Now that you have an outline, focus on the details. Do your research so you can present your subject like a boss. Remember, you’re the expert, and people are paying to learn from your experience and knowledge. Sure, they could have looked it up online, but they decided to learn from you instead. Be ready to teach!
- Have aids handy — When teaching, it’s always best to have some tools at your disposal to make the process more interesting and fun for everyone. You might have a PowerPoint presentation, handouts, pictures, videos, and more! Of course, if you’re teaching dance, cooking, or skydiving, you’ll need to have everything ready for the fun adventure ahead!
- Relax and have fun! — Here at Lyghtly, it’s all about having fun. If it’s your first class, you’ll learn a lot and be more prepared for the next round. Don’t sweat it though; if you’re having fun, your students will know it, and they will love you for it! Be flexible; be spontaneous, and have a blast!
Practice Makes Perfect!Once you have everything in place, plan to have a practice run with a friend or family member. Make sure to choose someone who will be honest with their feedback. Here are some questions you can ask them:
- How did the lesson sound?
- Did it all make sense?
- Would you want to take a class like this?
The DetailsDo a dry run — It’s good to think through every aspect of the lesson from the beginning to ending. Do you have all of the necessary items to teach the lesson? Do you need wifi? Where will you stand? Where will your students sit or stand? Confirm all arrangements – It’s always best to double-check with the host of the event and your students a few days before the lesson. Make sure that everyone remembers the time of the event, what needs to be on-hand, and how long it will last.
Marketing the EventIt’s your job to let everyone know what you are teaching! Promote your class by sharing on social media, your blog, a newsletter, and flyers. Contact your friends and tell them to invite their friends. Spread the word both formally and informally so you can reach as many people as possible.
The first day of lessons!Woohoo! It’s time for you to teach your first lesson to your first student! How can you be prepared? Here are some ideas:
- Be early — It’s best to be completely ready at least twenty minutes before the lesson begins. If it takes a long time to set up, then go as early as necessary so you can be prepared. Unexpected things do happen, so be prepared early just in case.
- Post a sign — If you are going to hold your lesson at an unusual location, consider putting a sign on the door or venue area so your student/s can find you.
- Respect others — If you are renting a facility or are in a public place, be sure to be respectful of others in the area. This might mean keeping noise to a minimum, cleaning up when you are finished, and abiding by any other instructions.
- Make future plans — Before your final goodbye, make sure that your student/s know the plan for the next class. Assume nothing because it’s easy to forget, and you don’t want to lose your students due to lack of communication. Make sure you have all of their contact information so you can reach them if anything changes, and make sure they have yours as well.