What I learnt creating my first Skillshare class
July has been quite a whirlwind. Learning new skills quickly and then putting them into action immediately. All with the deadline of publishing by the deadline of the 31st July.
I struggled at the beginning with the topic and what project I would set my students.
I found it difficult to chunk down the big topic I wanted to cover, career development, into a smaller and more bite-size class.
But, I found the topic and then it was time to create a class outline.
That I found a bit easier as I have been creating course outlines a lot in the past.
Then it all became real and I had to film the class. This was the hardest part for me. Having to actually create a video released a whole load of worries about the quality, the background, my delivery and more.
This stage almost derailed me. I almost gave up. I started thinking to myself that I didn't really need to create a class, nothing bad would happen if I didn't. But I really hate not finishing projects I have started, I really hate it. So I pushed on through.
Then it was a race to get it edited and published but I made it! I am delighted to say that it is out there in the world being watched and enjoyed by students. People I have never met or connected with before. I find that amazing.
I got so addicted to creating and publishing that first class, that I created a second one and released it the week after. My third is now being edited and will be released next week.
I get royalties for the students who watch my classes but the real buzz is seeing and hearing how people are getting value from something I've created.
If you are thinking about creating a class, this would be my main pieces of advice:
- Join a 30-day challenge group. It was invaluable to have the support and encouragement of both Skillshare and the other teachers.
- Push through any difficult points. I am so glad I didn't give up before I had even filmed it.
- Choose a topic you love and want to share with others. That way you'll get a real buzz seeing students get value from your class.
If you do create a class, let me know. I'd love to hear about your experience.