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How To Create Your First Class On Skillshare!

How To Create Your First Class On Skillshare!

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Neil and Linda Shearing  ☑

Neil and Linda Shearing ☑

InternetSuccess.com . Marketing online since 1997!

Creating your first Skillshare class can seem overwhelming.

Let's try to simplify it. :-)

As someone who's been creating digital products online since 1997, I think it's much easier to do a "screen-cast" production than a "talking head" one.

For a start, you don't have to put yourself on display! It's also a lot easier to trim any mistakes out when you don't have to synch your speech with your face... and don't even get me started with greenscreen!

So, let's assume we're going to start with a simple "slides and a voice-over" class which explains to a student how to do something.

Great! We're making progress!

The Tools You'll Need

Next, we need to assemble a few "tools of the trade". Here's the list. I'll assume you have a computer and an Internet connection! :-)

  • A Skillshare account. Naturally enough!
  • Screen-recording software. The "default" paid option is "Camtasia", but there are free options such as "Open Broadcaster Software" and "Screencast-O-Matic". I demonstrate all three of these pieces of software in my class, as well as throwing in some alternatives.
  • A USB microphone. You really don't want to use any built-in microphones that came with your computer. Get a decent USB mic, and a POP filter and you're ready to go. Also, pick up a copy of Audacity to do noise reduction.
  • Slideshow software. This doesn't have to be fancy. You can use Open Office Impress (free), Google slides (free) or something like Powerpoint or Apple's Productivity Apps.
  • Headphones. While not essential, headphones really help you hear how good, or bad, your audio is.

Your Class Topic

When you have your tools assembled, the next step is to pick your class topic. For that, consider what skills you know and could teach. Do they lend themselves to a screen-cast? If you're great at cooking roast duck, I'm not sure how you could do that in a screen-cast. However, anything you can do sat at computer would be OK. How about teaching someone a trick you learned online, like how to use Facebook, Twitter or, ahem, Skillshare! :-)

Planning Your Class

Next, plan out your class. I recommend using the Google doc found here. Keep your lessons short (5-8 mins) and have about 5-8 lessons in your class. Plan what you'll do in each lesson and make notes for yourself. I wouldn't recommend fully scripting exactly what you're going to say as you'll lose some personality, but if it's the only way for you to stay organised, go for it, just try not to simply "read" your lines in a monotone! I prefer to have a few notes on each slide and then add extra detail as I talk around the topic and show web-pages on-screen.

Note that your first lesson will be the "preview" that people see before they enroll in your class, so try to keep that lesson short and punchy. I recommend you greet the visitor, tell them a bit about what they'll learn from you and why you're competent to teach them before suggesting they enroll... all in about 60 seconds! :-)

Skillshare classes all have an accompanying project, so consider what you'll want your students to learn, and how they'll demonstrate that knowledge in a project. Plan your lessons to refer to the project often. Completed projects help your class to trend and also show engaged students, which is what we all want.

Recording And Editing Your Class

Now for the technical bit. Use your software of choice to record your lessons. I suggest recording in HD (1280 x 720 pixels). Do a small test first, to make sure everything's working (audio, I'm looking at you!). No-one starts as a recording professional, so just allow yourself to do several recordings and practice until talking to your computer feels natural! You can always edit out mistakes if your recording software allows it. When you're finished recording, edit your videos and clean up the audio. It's probably best to watch my class for this bit as describing the different steps in text would take a lifetime. :-)

Uploading And Polishing

Upload your finished lessons to Skillshare and add the meta-data such as class title, description, project details and so on.

Finally, click the "publish" button and celebrate! Your first class is done. It's now time to start marketing and planning the next class! :-)

Did you like this tutorial? If so, please take the class for more detail and to see the process explained visually!

Neil and Linda Shearing ☑

InternetSuccess.com . Marketing online since 1997!

We are truly interested in helping you on Skillshare. Download our free "Unofficial Skillshare Success Blueprint" and get free links to our sixteen Skillshare marketing classes, a link to our 7.5-hour Skillshare course on Udemy, links to our two Skillshare Facebook Groups and a "Skillshare FAQ" with 33 questions and answers!  Since selling their first ebook online waaay back in 1997, Neil and Linda have enjoyed helping online entrepreneurs by producing simple, "how to" guides and products covering almost every facet of "Internet marketing" from Adsense and Wordpress to Info-publishing and SEO. As a former scientist with a Ph.D. in breast cancer research, Neil's expertise is in distilling complex problems into workable solutions. Whether you're brand new to Internet marketing or are successfully generating income and profits online, let's work together to boost your Internet success!

Neil and Linda Shearing ☑

InternetSuccess.com . Marketing online since 1997!

We are truly interested in helping you on Skillshare. Download our free "Unofficial Skillshare Success Blueprint" and get free links to our sixteen Skillshare marketing classes, a link to our 7.5-hour Skillshare course on Udemy, links to our two Skillshare Facebook Groups and a "Skillshare FAQ" with 33 questions and answers!  Since selling their first ebook online waaay back in 1997, Neil and Linda have enjoyed helping online entrepreneurs by producing simple, "how to" guides and products covering almost every facet of "Internet marketing" from Adsense and Wordpress to Info-publishing and SEO. As a former scientist with a Ph.D. in breast cancer research, Neil's expertise is in distilling complex problems into workable solutions. Whether you're brand new to Internet marketing or are successfully generating income and profits online, let's work together to boost your Internet success!

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