Organizing an online class takes a lot of commitment and confidence especially if it’s your first one.
During the course of my recent break from the blog, I hosted my first online natural hair class so even though I was silent here, I was still active on social media. The idea of bringing ladies who are passionate about healthy haircare together via a social media platform seemed nice to me so I said why not? I took the leap to just do it, it was a successful one and I learnt some important lessons which I’ll be sharing with you.
SOME LESSONS I LEARNT FROM ORGANIZING AN ONLINE CLASS
1. You would feel like you’re wasting your time
When I announced that I was organizing an online class, registration didn’t start coming in as expected. After I had posted my first, second, third and even fourth graphics promoting my event, at some point I started to doubt myself, thoughts like “this isn’t gonna work” kept popping up in my head. Some messages I received weren’t even encouraging, I wanted to see immediate results to be sure everything would work out fine. I had already invested so much time and effort into ensuring that all my plans worked, so you can imagine how I would have felt if it turned out to be an epic fail.
2. The people close to you may not give you the support you need
If you’re planning to host an event and you think your close friends and acquaintances would show up for you or give you all the support you need then you are wrong! A few persons may show some support in their own way but please don’t start or do anything because you think you have people who would give you a hundred and one percent support.
Just like doing something new or starting a new business, you are completely on your own. The people who would even support you, ask if you’re making progress, promote your event/ content are people who you least expect to do so, sometimes people you may have never met. The people who helped promote my event, reposted my pictures, gave more support, asked about my progress, gave me tips on how to make it successful were people who I barely knew.
3. No one actually trusts your ability to deliver until you’re able to pull it off
When organizing an online class especially if it’s your first, you need to understand that many people will not sign up to be a part of it because they do not trust your ability to deliver results so it’s your duty to prove to everyone that you can actually do more than they think by putting your heart to it and succeeding at it. People would trust you next time and they may even sign up for your next one. Oh! I forgot to add that that some persons would sign up for your class just to see what you’re capable of doing.
4. It takes a lot of commitment
To succeed a whatever you set out to do, you must be ready to be committed to put in the work. It’s not always easy but when you do succeed at it, you’ll be fulfilled.
From designing the graphics to getting speakers to teach, to reaching out to sponsors, to promoting the event, to registering participants, doing research, preparing notes, moderating the class to make sure it’s very organized to actually teaching and answering questions took a lot of commitment. At a point I actually got tired of the whole thing but I remembered why I decided to do it in the first place and that made all the difference.
5. Don’t be scared to reach out to people who would help you bring your idea to life
You have to let go of that fear of what if I get turned down by the people you reach out to for some form of support when organizing an online class, they have only two options, it’s either they accept or they don’t. You just need to know that anyone who wants to support you will still do. When I reached out to Fisayo Ade, Adebanjo Tomiwa and Cisca Omoja to be speakers in the natural hair class I just kept my fingers crossed that they were going to accept and they did without me having to do a lot of convincing. I also summoned up courage to reach out to brands to sponsor the class and they gladly accepted, however only one brand did not get back to me so I just assumed that they did not see my message.
6. Be prepared for eventualities
This was such a huge lesson for me so I’ve learnt to always create a back up that I’d fall back on in case something doesn’t work out as planned.
My phone developed some faults when I was working on my online class, this was such a huge blow as I had to send it for repairs and I spent most of the time I was supposed to work on my project trying to get my phone fixed, lesson learnt, maybe I should have a back up phone next time.
Another hiccup along the way was when my younger sibling almost wiped off my phone memory, all my graphics for the event, my pictures and my notes! I was screaming lol! Thank God I was able to recover everything, I would have been so frustrated starting all over.
The final hurdle I had to cross was instagram taking down my account. Instagram was my major platform for promoting my class and I had invested a lot of time and work already, at first it all looked funny then i got panicky, I was like “instagram should not play rough play o” it was just a day to the beginning of my class! I was able to get my account back but all my pictures disappeared, it was restored after some time and I heaved a deep sigh of relief.
7. People like free things
Funny but true. An amazing person who had blessed my life in so many ways asked me to make the class free for all participants, I did and you needed to see the way my phone kept buzzing till the end of the class. I even ended up missing some messages from people who wanted to sign up for the class. One important lesson I learnt here is to still give the same value one would give if it was paid, evidence of the value you give would be seen in the feedback you’d receive at the end of the day.
Have you had any experience organizing an online class? If so please share with us, if you haven’t, what would you do differently? Let me know in the comment section.