If I was to give just one piece of advice as to how to improve the experience for your course participants or to get better results from your online program this is what I recommend hands down… (and it just takes time and attention).
Teach your content face to face, live (not online) and in a small group.
The lessons I find from doing any face to face, group learning is:
1. Going over the same content is extremely useful – don’t think just sharing it once is enough. Coming back and doing pretty much the same lesson/training every week, or 2 or 6 weeks later, really helps to embed the learning and it allows time for participants to go and try some things out and then come back with feedback on what worked and what didn’t.
2. You’ll cover up to 50% less than what you planned on paper.
3. Context (that your group understands) is absolutely critical to having the best outcomes when sharing actual content.
4. Allowing the group participants to share challenges and solutions is extremely useful for the group as a whole in order to gain insights and results.
5. Breaking down the subject and information into its simplest form always trumps anything more complicated and complex.
6. Bringing attention to the same key themes, methodology week in week out is a huge contributor to outcomes.
7. Pushing people out of their comfort zone whilst giving authentic support them really helps fast track their results.
8. Seeing your participants body language, their non-verbal communication and how they interact with each other and the content can only be experienced live.
9. Although most brains like certainty, every once in a while doing something totally different or having a little surprise element makes things enjoyable and can bring the group together.
10. As nearly half of all brains are dedicated to visual processing – making sure what you do is very visual and has visual elements to it.
So how can you go about teaching live… This could be as professional as a pre-planned workshop or as a bonus session for a collaborators event or even as a guest presenter. But it could be a casual as at your kitchen table or at a co-working space or out for coffee.
What’s important here is that you take the group through the material (or just some sections of it) and work out:
-what they struggle with
-what’s causing friction
-what doesn’t flow or is confusing
-how different skill levels cope
-how different levels of experiences manage
-if people are implementing what you are teaching
-are results happening (or the process to achieve them is working)
When you are in a group you see in action how different skill levels and different levels of experiences as well as what mindset people are in – affects the content and how it is implemented (or not). You can then transfer all this knowledge and experience into your online course with the confidence that you understand how it will play out in real life and you have provided the best experience and support to making it happen.
You cannot plan for how others will go through the process – you have to see it in action. It’s quite fascinating!
Curious to know what strategy and approach I’d recommend for your Online Course or Program?