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How to efficiently create batches of instructional videos

Ya ya ya this is the kind of thing that can and will drive you around the bend if you don’t know what you’re doing. Creating batches of instructional videos – effective ones, that look polished, professional and have a style that runs through them all and that make YOU look like you’re organised, tech savvy and at the top of your game. Yikes~!   I’ve been there. It LOOKS so easy. Yeh SURE I can whip up some content, not sure what all the fuss is about – piece of cake!   The reality, is often quite different. If you’d like to see the blooper reel that proves it (and that’s just the taking the VIDEO part) then click here: What really happens when you try to take professional videos. Guaranteed giggle snorts. I promise.   But seriously, that video just pokes fun at all the stuff that you need…Continue Reading

4 Ways to effectively communicate your message

4 Ways to effectively communicate your message

  There is SO MUCH NOISE in the online world these days, and sometimes it can seem overwhelming – how do you know whether anyone is actually hearing what you’ve got to say?   Do you wonder whether all the time and effort you put into creating blog posts, creating awesome little nuggets of training, all those hours spent obsessing over your powerpoint slides is really worth it? How do you know whether the message is really getting through to those who can benefit from it?     Or is your message just being ignored?     Really getting through to people, really changing lives, isn’t just about throwing good information together, having a superstar personality or being able to whip up an off the cuff awe-inspiring speech. (Wouldn’t it be nice if it WAS that simple!)   I was speaking with Kris Emery  a few weeks ago and we realised that…Continue Reading

Get your signature program seen!

Get your signature program seen!

I heard around the traps that Udemy was a really good place to put up online courses – so I decided to give it a bash, by transferring the 12 Day Challenge to Create Real Change, complete with a few extra goodies such as the Demystifying the Delivery Debacle, and Systemising and Selling Your Expertise webinars, onto Udemy in the form of a FREE course.   I don’t think I quite believed all the hype, that it was such a good lead generation tool, that you could actually double your list size within a week.   Boy, was I wrong. After just a week, I got nearly 600 people signed up, and the craziest thing, is that it cost me NOTHING except the time it took to upload the content that I already had lying around in my hard drive. The 12 Day Challenge, which is just an introduction to…Continue Reading

3 Things to remember about your Terms and Conditions

3 Things to remember about your Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions were one of the first things I got sorted before any of my products or services went live. Why? Because I think it’s a bit like getting on a scooter without a helmet on – you’re sort of dancing with danger and you KNOW that if something DOES happen (heaven forbid), you’ll be kicking yourself that you weren’t better prepared. That reasoning actually paid off.   I’ve got a story for you (how unusual, I know, me? a story?), and it’s inspired a legal webinar series with Brisbane lawyer Katie Richards, of Virtual Legal, who is making waves in the legal world of small business. If you’re keen to get the low down on what YOU need to know as a small business owner, join us for the webinar below. There are also summary notes which list of all the recommendations Katie makes about your Terms and Conditions, and…Continue Reading

The key to successful teaching is demonstrating, not explaining.

The key to successful teaching is demonstrating, not explaining.

  It’s the golden rule of teaching, what helps you really get something across to your learners.   You can explain it till you’re blue in the face but when you demonstrate it? BAM.   Lightbulb moments everywhere.   Next time you’re struggling to get your clients to ‘get’ something?   Demonstrate. Don’t explain.   Show them. Give them a real life example. Draw pictures. Find someone doing it, and doing it well so they can link the theory, to a tangible, real life experience. That way? You’re leading them on a learning journey.   Now why would you want to do that?   Throwing a bucketload of information at people and hoping they’ll be able to regurgitate or use it later, is about as effective as those uni lectures where everyone fell asleep or passed notes to one another to pass time time.   Life changing. Not.   Taking…Continue Reading

How to choose the right delivery platform for your training content.

How to choose the right delivery platform for your training content.

  One of the top questions I get from my clients, is around how they should get their training content up online.   There are just SO many options, it can all get a bit overwhelming…   Do you feel like this when it comes to working out how to deliver your course? You know WHAT you want to present, but you just have NO IDEA how to bring it all together and get it online? Maybe you are confused about what learning platform you should be using – there are so many out there to choose from! Which is the best for YOUR content and client needs? Do you really need a full Learning Management System or is a simple Learning Platform enough? (and what’s the difference between the two anyway?) Or maybe you’re even confused as to the format you want your course to run in – email responder series? Evergreen? Intensive?…Continue Reading

How to avoid being seen as a rude, arrogant pervert.

How to avoid being seen as a rude, arrogant pervert.

  Ahhh, so many giggles making this video for you!     The number of times I’ve inadvertently put my foot in it, whilst travelling, living and working in different countries with different cultures… one story involves me being taken for a pervert (true story, seriously!) and another shows you why being told you have a large backside is actually a very good thing in some places.   Curious?   There are 3 main things you need to watch out for when you’re working with people from another culture.   Watch this video to find out what they are, and how I survived the pervert episode!   Oh, and here’s the link I mention in the video – if you’re working with adults but don’t have a teaching and learning background, take this free training skills assessment – you’ll also receive a 4 part Video Series that explains how to…Continue Reading

Why ‘selling before you create’ can be a recipe for disaster

Why ‘selling before you create’ can be a recipe for disaster

  The more clients I speak to, the more stories I hear about business coaches advising their clients to sell a course or program, before they have created it.   The idea behind the advice, is apparently, so that you can gauge whether there’s any interest in the course so you know whether or not to invest the time into creating it. The other idea, is that you’ll then have a concrete deadline to work towards and will therefore actually stop procrastinating and get it created; reviewing it, getting feedback and adapting it as you go. Alriiiiiiighty then…. That is all very well and good for a short, sharp course or program that has little content to create. If the deadline that you’ve set yourself includes enough time for you to plan, structure, write, record, edit, compile and upload all the content, then SPLENDID! You should also be piloting and…Continue Reading

Why some leopards CAN and DO change their spots

Why some leopards CAN and DO change their spots

A few weeks ago, I wrote about reflection – the power of it, and how it really can change your life.   What is it in short? It’s looking at the patterns that occur in your life (be they good or not so good) and working out why they happen, and how to either keep that pattern going (for the good stuff!) or how to avoid it happening again (for the not so good stuff).   The problem is, once you’ve started making reflection a major part of your life, it’s fairly hard to go back. And the problem with that you might ask?   Well you soon realise that there are two types of people in the world, and you can only be one type at any one time.   1. There are those who know how to reflect and do it on a regular basis when problems crop…Continue Reading

How to Teach an Old Dog New Tricks

How to Teach an Old Dog New Tricks

  You can’t right?   It’s an age old problem. You’ve got clients, learners or colleagues who could do with up skilling in a certain area of their work, but they’re set in their ways, recalcitrant when it comes to learning and quite frankly, getting them to sit up and take notice of anything let alone incorporate it into their every day work is about as likely as getting Miley Cyrus into sensible leather pumps, a calf length skirt and a matching high-collared blouse. Right?   There IS a way, and it’s not as hard as you think.   This old adage from Benjamin Franklin pretty much sums it up:     Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.   It’s constructivism at it’s finest: the theory that involves the learner being at the centre of their own learning experience and constructing…Continue Reading

Scared of looking in the mirror?

Scared of looking in the mirror?

Tell me I’m wrong. Tell me you DON’T know one of those people who just keeps making the same mistakes over and over.   We all know one. Eeek! In fact we can probably see that person in ourselves… now, a few years ago, as a naïve teenager many (many) moons ago … and they all have the same thing in common: they more than likely have never studied the process of reflection, or learnt how to do it intuitively.   Is it really that important? Is it something we should be learning ourselves and teaching our students or employees?   The power of Reflection can be life changing; as a teacher of Reflective skills I’ve seen it time and time again; young kids becoming adults in front of your very eyes, hardened adults learning things about themselves they wished they’d known 20 years ago. Take this story for example.…Continue Reading