It all starts with an idea. That wonderful idea sends excitement sparks all over your body. And if it weren’t for the conflicting information out there and the self-sabotaging thoughts, that idea would blossom into a beautiful experience for people to take in the form of a course.
Why is it that most course ideas don’t see the light of day?
Over the years, I’ve noticed a few common obstacles when it comes to creating an online course. I’ve been there myself, procrastinating, thinking that I don’t have what it takes to create a course, and not honoring that awesome idea.
1. Wanting to make the course perfect. Overthinking.
One of the biggest mistakes is thinking about the course, creating it in your mind over and over and over again. Until you get fed up and you abandon it altogether. There’s a simple way to create a course, depending on what obstacle you’re dealing with. This is a big one in many other industries as well.
I need to have everything in perfect order, the perfect amount, the perfect tech before I can create a course.
Doubting yourself, either because you’re reading a lot on the topic and you have no idea whether your course will even be a success or because you’re seeing other similar courses that are successful and you think you don’t have what it takes to compete.
The solution here is to start with a mini-course. A short course that teaches a method, a technique, a strategy that solves one single problem. This will not take up a lot of your time. And it will be easier to update the course based on actual feedback to make it “perfect”.
Although, perfection doesn’t exist in my book because it’s all too subjective. What you perceive as perfect is not the same for others. As long as the course delivers, then that’s what matters. You can make it prettier after. For more short tips on how to create impactful courses with ease, check out this free resource.
2. Not knowing where to start.
This comes up a lot too. It’s natural to not know where to start if you don’t have teaching experience or you’ve never created a course. But this will not change if you do things in the same way. It all starts from answering a few questions:
- Who is the course for?
- Why do you want to create the course?
- What are the main learning principles people will take away from the course? Or the steps that they need to take to successfully go through the course and gain a new skill, learn something, solve a problem?
If you don’t want to spend months figuring this out, this course was specifically designed to help you get started with your course.
These are normal thoughts and feelings. If left unattended, you might end up postponing the course creation indefinitely. The thing is that creating a course doesn’t have to be overwhelming or hard. You bring what you’re good at to the table and arrange it in a way that makes sense. If you’re clear on the course idea, the audience, and you just want a structure that makes things easier, I created a course on how to structure a unique, non-overwhelming, highly-rated course.
Keeping things simple for you will make things easier for your students as well. And you could have your course created in no time.