A little secret professional instructors and trainers know, is there is no better way to refine and master your skills than by sharing your knowledge with others. Knowing how to do something really well is one thing, knowing how to teach others to do things really well is another altogether.
Am I saying everyone should quit their jobs and become teachers or course developers? No, I am not. You don’t have to become a full-time instructor to share your message these days. In-fact many great bloggers, course developers, authors, and even instructors do so on a part-time basis.
If you haven’t started a blog, you should. No matter what level you are at now, there are people who want to know what you know. It’s also a great way to grow your presence in the community. As a professional Author / Instructor, I am truly horrible about this. As I write professional courses about various networking, wifi, security, and cybersecurity topics, it’s just hard spending time blogging about the same stuff for free.
Are you a rockstar engineer, the go-to guy that does all the heavy lifting at your company? Consider creating a blog, content for courses, or creating a video course for a new platform we are launching in 2020!
The first time you create course content, or a course it will take you a good deal of time. It’s a natural healthy process. Much of which is actually spent refining what you know, into a coherent message that can be shared with others. This is the point far too many people “give up”, and or feel they may not be as big of a rockstar as they think.
Those that press on and get something developed may find a few extra dollars in their wallets, sometimes much more than a few. The largest takeaway, however, is a much more refined and sharper skillset at the end of the process, there is nothing like finally getting that first course out there.
- Be prepared to take all forms of feedback constructively, it comes with the territory.
- Ask industry veterans for tips, and help when needed.
- Set timelines, and always keep it moving forward
The last one is important, millions of great course ideas are dead in folders on peoples hard drives who never found the time to actually bring that content into fruition. If you make the decision to take this journey, I wholeheartedly believe it’s a journey worth seeing through.
If you are an author, blogger, course developer, video course author, or you have rockstar level skills with modern technology and would like to get started developing a course, I hold regular workshops for our instructor and developer teams. If you would be interested in attending, contact me with your BIO, and what your project is.