It takes less than three minutes for a teleclass participant to decide whether he or she wants to stay in your class – that’s it. It is crucial to master engaging your participants so that your teleclasses and teleseminars bring success to your business.
Merriam-Webster defines “engage” like this: to hold the attention of, to engross. Further, it means “to induce to participate.” Discover now which of the ten methods below you will apply immediately to increase your effectiveness as a Teleseminar and Teleclass leader.
- Arrive at your session early and have several questions ready to guide the discussion beyond the *extremely old and tired* discussions of weather you so frequently hear on teleclasses.
- Encourage 100% participation: in smaller classes, this means verbally as well as with exercises and explorations in larger groups and seminars.
- Honor promptness by beginning on time. For those people who arrive late, offer an audio podium recording so that they can hear what they missed, but do not repeat yourself for the benefit of the latecomers, instead respect those who arrived on time.
- Explain your teaching style and make requests of your students (in regards to your style) playfully. I always include – “If I speak too quickly – sometimes I speak too quickly when I get really excited about a topic such as this one – I give you permission to interrupt me and ask that I slow down . . . in fact, I request one of you brave ones do exactly that!
- Present a question in the beginning of your Teleclass or Teleseminar, which will be explored during the class and beyond. Explain that many times “a-ha’s” come after the sessions – and you would welcome on-going communication from your participants (if this is true.)
- Create and explain brief ground-rules in the beginning of the call. Mine include “Do not check email or surf while in class.” This definitely raises the attention of the participants – and holds them accountable for being alert to each portion of the class.
- Use the names of the participants of the class and if possible, weave the participant’s name into the subject of the class. For example, if Shelley arrived a few minutes before class and you discovered something about her business, which is relevant to a point in your class, honor Shelley by highlighting her business.
- A Teleclass is not a CD or an audio program; it is a live, interactive experience. Teleclass and Teleseminar leaders are not “talking heads,” they are facilitators of growth. Welcome and encourage interaction where it is the most fitting.
- Present fieldwork to the participants and ask for them to follow up with you. Educate those who are unfamiliar with coaching about fieldwork and the ways it assists in integrating the material or distinctions learned in the session itself. (See also Point #3).
- Send a follow-up email to your participants including any sort of additional opportunities from you, which they may be interested in receiving. Include gratitude for their participation as well as information about when you will repeat your call – I have had some people repeat my classes over and over again, you will too when you integrate these methods of engagement in your classes.
Julie Jordan Scott, © 2004
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