A big topic that’s been in my inbox for the last few weeks is around how to create the content for your first course.
Now is the perfect time to create an online course because…
Right now there is someone out there that wants access to your brain!
You know stuff and you need to stop feeling overwhelmed by the idea of creating an online course and move on to taking action on it. One of my mentors, Nathalie Lussier, always says… “Ideas have a shelf life, use them before they expire” which is great advice for planning your course!
How To Plan A Simple Course
Three steps are all it takes to plan a simple course.
Step 1: Create a small victory.
Now is not the time to go big picture. Being focused is the key to having a simple plan for your course. Take one bold idea you have. Something people are asking you about. A small victory is just ONE thing, not the whole enchilada.
Enchilada’s are great for around this time next year. After you’ve helped lots of people win with small victories.
How do you know if you’ve found your small victory? Step 2 will help you with that.
Step 2: Serve your course in six bites.
One big mistake I see out there is trying to create modules, lessons, and all kinds of things in your first course. Packing it to the brim in an attempt to overdeliver. You’ve found your small victory when you can sum it up in six bites or less.
People don’t need more stuff they need less stuff that makes a bigger impact.
Here’s an example of how you’d structure your course in six bites.
Welcome: They get this after purchase it’s an overview or something that needs to be done before your course starts.
Week 1: Content
Week 2: Content
Week 3: Content
Week 4: Content
Week 5: Bonus
That means that your first course has only six pages and you’ll be providing someone with that small victory you promised in less than six weeks, oh my!
Step 3: Content before tech.
There’s this itch that comes up when you’re in course creation mode. You start to think about what the course site will look like, what’ll go on your sales page, do you need a freebie or challenge to get someone to purchase your course.
A great way to land in overwhelm city is to put tech before content.
I love tech stuff and experimenting with all the things, but I want you to start with the content that’s going into your course first.
That way you won’t be stressing out about creating the content and the tech at the same time.
That’s a recipe for disaster!
Here’s a simple content structure I want you to try. I promise it’s simple and easy and you’ll LOVE creating your courses this way so much you’ll never skip this step EVER. WARNING: this will feel too simple.
I made it too simple on purpose because your course participants aren’t the only ones that need a small victory. You need one too! Setting a simple flow for the content of your course and sticking to it no matter what will save you endless cycles of revisions and wasted time because you’re overthinking stuff or launching into perfection overload.
It’s simple so you’ll get it done fast and launch quickly.
You can upgrade it once your course sales grow!
These are all the parts that you’ll have to create for each page of your course.
That’s six videos and six PDF downloads partnered with action steps your module name and description.
This is a simple course structure that I know you’re going to create!
Oh, and in case you’re wondering what this looks like when it’s set up and running on your course site I took a screenshot from inside my demo site so you can see what all the pieces look like when they’re put together!
It doesn’t get any better or simpler than that! Stay tuned because next week we’ll be tackling simple branding for your online course.