If you’re ready to expand your revenue streams inside your creative business by offering educational services, today’s episode is for you! There are a few key mistakes that new educators make when they’re just getting started and today’s episode will help you avoid those mistakes!
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As you enter the education realm of your business, you’ll want to avoid making some of the most common mistakes so you’re not holding yourself back from becoming a successful leading educator. Let’s walk through these three big mistakes and how you can avoid making them in your own journey to becoming a creative educator.
Marketing First, Experience Second
While you may be an expert in your field and know your work like the back of your hand, that doesn’t automatically translate into great teaching skills.
It is okay to dive into sharing content establishing yourself as an educator, but let’s make sure that we’re not marketing or taking payment before we really have any experience teaching at all.
You only get one shot at a reputation as an educator, and I would hate to see you preemptively booking students before you’re really ready to add the title of educator or coach to your website.
Inside the ebook, you’ll find a worksheet to help guide you through avoiding this mistake, but let’s take a look at prompt #3:
List out the steps you took when you were establishing yourself in your current industry.
The Casual Education Exchange
You’ve likely related to this second mistake, where you’ve been asked on a coffee date for someone to pick your brain. As you’re asked on these coffee dates, you’re not preparing for them which is likely resulting in no transformation for the other person.
While I believe these casual education exchanges are great for experience building, after a while, they’re not adding any value to your experience since you’re going into them without a plan.
Let’s take the energy and time you’re giving to these unpaid experiences, then create actionable, intentional, effective education in a real format.
Inside the ebook, you’ll find a worksheet that helps you nagivate casual vs. effective education. Consider what would you expect from someone, if you asked them to mentor you or if you ask to hire them as a coach?
Letting Imposter Syndrome Win
Listen, every single one of us battles imposter syndrome—if someone tells you that they don’t, then they’re lying to you or to themselves.
You’re likely battling the question of “who am I?” The mistake is letting it win.
An exercise to get out of the imposture syndrome rut is to create a Fear & Fact sheet—you can find this inside the ebook as well. On one side, you’ll list out the fears that are holding you back; on the other side, write the truth about what’s not truth in the fear column.
Think about what others who have worked with you would say to you.
When you can physically see the truths about yourself, it makes it so much easier to believe in yourself and fight those fears.
As you reflect on today’s episode, I want you to also journal about the following questions, which can also be found inside the ebook we covered in today’s episode:
A year from now… what will your life look like if you keep playing it the way you are now?
What will it look like if you fight through the uncomfortable to get to the impact?
It can be overwhelming to start on the path to becoming a creative educator. In this ebook, you’ll learn about the mistakes that are holding creatives back from becoming profitable and impactful educators, plus how to avoid those mistakes in your own journey!