Within our community at onlinecoachsupport.com there is a small group of overwhelmed and techy troubled life coaches that have been road testing my new course - 6 Basic Pillars to Creating Your Online Biz & Attracting Your Perfect Customers (aka The Honeycomb Effect). I also had three of those members also trialling out my Product Creators Course.
Over the next few months I will be sharing some of the snippets (or little nuggets of gold) that came about because of the live interaction from beta testing to a small pocket of my target market.
My Awesome Beta Tester Coaches
I had previously piloted the 6 Pillars course over 18 months ago and had good results. The thought though of trying to put it all together, going through all the audio, editing and creating the required content overwhelmed me. I also had mixed feelings about whether it was good enough or had strong enough content to then build it into an online course.
I decided that I needed to take the plunge and run it again to a small group at a very discounted price, otherwise the course would never be run. By doing so I was able to test out my content, the length of each topic and sub topic and create extra content material such as planning sheets, checklists, little snippets of audio and videos, etc. By interacting with the lovely coaches that joined me this enabled me to also see if I was on the right track and where I had to tweak my content when necessary. I had also signed up to a business and marketing course that cost me $5,500. I was freakin' out as my full time job paid my bills, but I didn't have any spare income to start the course. I needed to at least come up with the deposit before I could start this course that would actually help me with getting my course created and out to my target market. I could then pay the rest of the course off by instalments. As my mentor Ryan Magdziarz of Winning International would say "Progression not perfection". Another mentor Jeff Walker (Product Formula Launch) calls this the seed launch.
Each of these members have continual private access to my 6 Pillars Facebook Group and an Online OneNote where they can electronically store everything in the one place. The best thing about this is that they can privately share with me their progress, where they are stuck and what they have got completed. Instead of emails going back and forth between us each exercise is completed in the OneNote.
My coach asked me "How resourceful are you?". It was like he was giving me a challenge and I took the bait. I did my sums and thought if I start running this course as a beta program (bare bones) I would have enough money to pay the deposit. Also I had just been to Cambodia and decided that I wanted to help a lovely lady (Addheka) raise funds to get school uniforms and basic supplies for 800 poor rural children over 7 provinces within Cambodia. This was part of her Aid Projects of Mercy and so my goal became bigger than me. I have since pledged that 50% of my memberships, products and services would go towards this cause and created a crowd funding page. The goal is to raise $20,000 by the end of June 2017.
In addition, I also ran another course as a beta program. This was called Product Creators as this was a practical course run over 6 weeks that allowed everyone a chance to be hands on with different types of software that would assist them in creating their content. This is also an offshoot of 6 Pillars as two of the topics covered are Creating Content and Ninja Tools and Support.
Clare Lavender, Linda Carroll and Sue Folley also signed up to this course of which I was most grateful. This allowed me to start with this course first whilst I was prepping for 6 Pillars. They were able to create a sample event and go behind the scenes of Instant Teleseminar to create some audio and check out the control panel. Over the 6 weeks we then used Audacity to edit the audios, MP3 Quality Modifier to compress the audio, Canva to create some graphics that we could use as posts or part of a presentation and Movie Maker to then create a video. All of these tools were free for them to use. Instant Teleseminar was the only platform that has monthly charges, but as members of onlinecoachsupport.com and also for doing this course they were allowed to share the platform that I had set up at no cost. They were also able to share their triumphs and challenges in a private Facebook group.
If this is an area that you struggle with I encourage you to sign up for my next Product Creator's course that will be commencing Saturday 8 October. If you want to find out more about it and have a clarity call to start designing your marketing plan for your product use my calendar link to organise a call with me
The next round of 6 Pillars will also be commencing beginning of November. This will then lead into 2017 - a great proactive way to get started. If you are interested in joining me for this course or want to find out more information please also use my calendar link so we can discuss further. In this course the topics covered are:
Topic 1 - Getting Started
Topic 2 - Money Magic
Topic 3 - Creating Content
Topic 4 - Marketing Psyche & Funnels
Topic 5 - Ninja Tools & Support
Topic 6 - Partnerships
If you choose to do both the 6 Pillars and the Product Creators these programs will also be offered as a bundle.
Linda Carroll of alohalinda.com is not only a member of onlinecoachsupport.com, but she is also an active member of Toastmasters International.
In Linda's words...
How could I, in my brief moments, make them pay attention to the homes and buyers that I represented? How could I intrigue and convince them to work with me? How could I best perform the job of helping my sellers and buyers achieve their dreams and goals?
I joined the nearest Toastmasters and learned to hone my skills of effective speech, making my time and words work to the best effect. I left Real Estate when I moved to Hawaii, but I've continued to support speakers in the Kona Toastmasters Club. Helping a speaker who has a desire to express, who feels called and compelled to share a message is the most valuable work that I perform.
My focus moved to supporting other speakers while I was still in Olympia, Washington. Watching a woman or man struggle against the obstacles of nervousness, uncertainty, undependable voice, not knowing what words to use...and the powerful, jubilant transformation when everything begins to click, and the words begin to flow, their heart opens and their eyes shine as they realize they can speak effectively. and be heard and understood. That they have delivered a message, planted a seed, made a difference (even a small difference) in the listener's life.
Even before Toastmasters I enjoyed speaking and acting. I performed in a few plays, done a little singing, and some voice acting too. Mostly amateur, some radio ads.
A surprising strength that I bring to Public Speaking is my long career in various retail and other sales. You see, every speech, every lesson, every negotiation is like a sales transaction. First, there's a problem to be solved, or a void to be filled. A solution is offered by the seller or the speaker, and evaluated by the buyer or the listener. It gets accepted or rejected. Both parties are satisfied...or not! The best sales, and the best speeches, are full of value, go smoothly and easily for both sides, and end up happy for everyone!
Linda is also a client of mine and has also invested in both of my courses. Over the last few months I have beta tested the content and ran both of these courses:
I am very grateful to have Linda as one of my students because she also provided me with some wonderful feedback and some valuable "nuggets of gold"
Below is a little snippet of audio that includes Linda talking about who we serve... (only 2 mins)
Look out for my interview with Linda next week. We will talk about her biggest takeaways from doing the courses (especially Product Creators) and also have a sneak peak into what her course entails
If you want to support your tribe with group coaching, webinars or teleseminars and workshops, but you are nervous about public speaking, afraid that your voice will shake or squeak or that you won't present the information in a clear manner Linda's course Coaches Speak is the course for you. To start off with you may wish to pre-record some audio so you can hear yourself back. You may want to create your lead magnet or hook to get your ideal clients to opt in so you can build up that trust and relationship. You may want to create a meditation. You may want to record a whole topic or segment first, which will allow you to edit before you present it to your tribe. The list is endless!!!
The next round of Product Creators and Coaches Speak (combined) will be starting Saturday 15 October 2017 at 11am Perth (AWST) time. This time though I will be teaming up with Linda Carroll - alohalinda.com who is beta testing her course - Coaches Speak. So not only will you be able to be hands on with creating some content for your courses you will also be guided with some great tips of how you can present yourself when speaking either online or at workshops.
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