Sharing My Top Tips on How to Prepare for Your First Course

Aug 02, 2021
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In this episode of The Dreamer’s Lounge Podcast, I’m going to be sharing how you can create and prepare for your very first course. I get a lot (and I mean a lot) of questions surrounding this topic so I want to dive in and give my top tips on preparing for your course creation. Stay tuned for more details! 

But before we dive right in, welcome! You’ve now entered into The Dreamer’s Lounge! I’m Ariel Schiffer, and I have made it my mission to take out the digital trash one bad course at a time. I am the creator of The Course Alchemist, Industrial Organizational Psychologist, and Curriculum and course design expert.

This podcast is for entrepreneurs who are looking to elevate their digital product suite so their offers speak for themselves. Nothing is worse than being oversold into something that under delivers just like an overpriced bottle of wine. So, if you’re ready to develop high quality offers, bring in consistent revenue, and have a business with long-term results for you AND your clients, grab your drink and join us inside…

And today, we’re discussing all my favorite tips for preparing and starting a course. For all the details, be sure to listen to the ENTIRE episode on your favorite streaming platform!



Know your audience like the back of your hand.

This is the very first thing you need to nail in order to prepare for your first course. 

You have to know your ideal client like you would know your best friend. Anticipate what they're going to say, what they're going to do, and what transformation they’re in need of. You have to know what they want in life, why they want it, their deepest fears, desires, and all the things in between.  

If you don't have this connection and ability with your audience, it's going to make it extremely difficult to not only create something but to connect with them on a deeper level.


Picking a topic for your first course. 

Settling on a topic is the second step to preparing for your course. 

All of your ideas likely do not belong in the same program so you have to narrow it down. Focus on ONE specific problem your audience is having and go after that. Make sure that one problem is something you actually have the answer to in your course. 

You want it to be a topic that can create a long-term sustainable idea for your business. Don't pour energy into something that's never going to pay you back.



Don’t listen to other people. 

Seriously, this is a huge one. Do NOT listen to people who don’t specialize in courses to tell you how to create one. 

I want everyone who creates a course to make money but the people who are trying to teach you how to market your program are likely not the best people to teach you how to create it. If you want an intentional curriculum and course creation, you have to go to the right person. 

Don’t just pick the first person or website you see. There are so many steps within course design so if they're telling you “create a course in 24 hours” I wouldn't get your hopes up. My point is, don't take advice from people who don't know what the heck they're talking about!


Find the right formula for your first course. 

Having the right framework and methodology is what's really going to get people to go through with a transformation in your course. Don’t use your audience as guinea pigs because that's just going to push them farther and farther away!

Of course, you need to test new formulas on people but there's a way to go about it. Pilot it out to a small group of people, beta test it to make sure it's scalable, and then refine it and provide your audience with the final version. 

That's what's actually going to determine if something is working or if you need to go back to the drawing board.


Last but not least, CREATE THE COURSE.

Once you know that everything's in place and working, it's time to go out and create your first course. 

Side Note: Don’t get caught up in imposter syndrome just because you're creating something for the first time. The more you doubt yourself, the more overwhelming it's going to be. 

As you start creating your first course, there are so many things you're going to learn with course creation. You're going to learn something new every single day and as long as you're confident in what you do, you'll get the results you want. 

Things only get better from the beginning so I recommend getting out of your head and following what works for you.


Sharing My Top Tips on How to Prepare for Your First Course: The Bottomline

I hope you enjoyed reading this post and I really hope it gave you some good tips and advice on creating your very first course. It's definitely a process and there's a lot of steps that you need to nail but once you get there, it'll all be worth it. Put the work in now so that your course continues to work for you overtime! 

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