What I learnt from Derek Halpern about making online courses because yes, I am making online courses to help people.
I’m going through an exciting time in my business developing online courses so I can help people around the world. So I spent some time watching Derek Halpern from Social Triggers on You Tube who is good at all things online. Here are 3 things I’ve learnt from Derek Halpern
1 – How important working with knowledgeable people is to me.
I can’t just launch a course and hope that someone finds it! And that’s why I’ve been following Derek Halpern. He knows a lot about online courses and content. He has been doing daily videos for about a month now and I like his insights.
I’ve worked hard in my therapy career to learn from some of the top people in the business. Paul Mckenna for Hypnosis, Richard Bandler for NLP, Kevin Laye for Psychosensory Techniques and Principles, the list goes on. Not to mention all the books and online courses which are also an excellent way to learn.
So that’s my therapy core learning sorted (although I regularly top up and learn new therapies as many practitioners do). I’ve been helping people with stop smoking, anxiety, stress, sleep, weight loss, confidence, depression and life direction for years now and there is always something new to learn.
Some weeks my appointment book is very busy and so the way for me to help more people is with online courses and downloads. So I’ve created the Change Your Life Academy for that reason. It’s going to be jam packed full of courses to help you and I will give you all my best knowledge there.
2 – How important it is to give people that buy your courses quality content.
An online course shouldn’t be something that when the person that buys it starts using it they don’t get what was promised. I need to provide a service in my courses. Something of value. Especially if you are a therapist because the reason people are buying your course is because they want to make a problem better or they want to grow.
My course needs to be carefully thought out, full of quality content and most of all be of value to the person that buys it. This is the bit I am most looking forward to. I’ve spent years learning and can’t wait to share my theory and practical knowledge with you!
My first course which you can buy right now is Crush Your Sugar Cravings. This course was created by me to help you give up or reduce sugar in your diet. Take a look here
3 – How you need to be true to yourself in all that you do
It’s been really interesting watching Derek for a month. I feel like I know him better now! He has shared a lot of great advice over the weeks and taken us out onto the streets of New York which was cool. His style is quite direct and he wears black t-shirts and track suit bottoms most days because this is what he likes. I like that he is true to himself in this way.
I’ve always believed in being true to myself. Which means being true to others too because they are getting the real me. And I always intend to be this way in my business too. If someone comes to me as a client and we are going to work together to change their life for the better, they deserve the real me and my very self to facilitate their changes.
When you go to a gym you always warm up don’t you. It makes sense, gets your body moving gently, warms up your muscles and opens your lungs. Ready for action! So I thought it made sense to warm up for my 30 day blogging challenge which starts today – yay!
Warm up your mindset
For the blogging challenge, just like any other challenge, you have to get your head in the game. These blogs aren’t going to write themselves! As I’ve done it twice before I have learnt lessons in the past that I am hoping not to repeat. That’s the beauty of making mistakes in life isn’t it; we learn from them and they make us better. Unless of course we refuse to accept the lessons we are offered and don’t change, then we stay stuck and repeat the same mistakes.
Some of the qualities you need to complete a blogging challenge are the same as you would need for a physical challenge, learning a new skill or achieving something challenging such as a degree. Things like:
Now I’ve just realised that you might not know me and might have stumbled across this blog by accident, so let me introduce myself! I’m Honey Lansdowne, based in West Sussex, UK. My whole life I have been fascinated with self-improvement, people and maximising the power of the mind. In my Corporate life I was always the first one to put my hand up for a new challenge or training course. I spent many years sharing that learning with teams I managed and developed many high performers and top teams.
Eventually, I couldn’t resist any longer and took a NLP Practitioner course. Since then I have been pretty much obsessed with learning everything I can which will help others. I run a succesfull Hypnotherapy practice and specialise in helping people with depression and what I call ‘work of the self’.
I’m quite well qualified on the ‘mindset’ front and find it pretty easy to motivate myself, but that’s not all that’s involved in a blogging challenge…..
Warm up your creativity
To create interesting blogs that will be of value to your readers you need to get creative! Creativity is a muscle just like your physical muscles. I don’t believe there is any such thing as someone who is ‘not creative’. It depends what your definition of creativity is. We only judge ourselves in line with our own map of the world, so if your definition of creative is someone arty or someone that writes and you don’t consider yourself good at those things then you think you are not creative. BUT…
Are you a whizz in the kitchen?
Do you make up silly songs for your kids?
Do you wear outfits that people say ‘wow’ at?
Is your interior design on point?
Can you dance?
Do you make little videos for instagram?
Can you generate money when you have none?
Can you calm a difficult child?
These are all examples of creativity. We all have it but maybe don’t recognise it as creativity. Maybe you’ve told yourself ‘I can’t write’ or ‘I can’t draw’. You have created your own limiting belief when the truth is that if you tried it and practice it, you might be really good at it!
And for you logical and analytical thinkers out there who are more inclined to say you are not creative, there are some good examples here of creativity in the workplace:
Brainstorming ways to cut energy use
Coming up with new procedures to improve quality
Constructing a research model to test a hypothesis
Creating the packaging for a product
Designing a logo
Developing a litigation strategy to defend a client
Devising a computer program to automate the billing process
Devising a social media strategy for the new iPhone
Identifying ways to cut costs during a budget crisis
Redefining job responsibilities to cover for a sick employee
Restructuring a filing system to facilitate easier retrieval of information
Warm up your support
I’m doing my 30 day blogging challenge under the clever/caring/inspiring eyes of The Arrows. That’s Sarah and Kevin Arrow (who are 2 of my favourite people!). Not only are they experts in their field, but they are 2 of the nicest people you could ever wish to meet. They have amazing energy and you need some of that if you are doing a blogging challenge!
There are also some amazing fellow bloggers doing the challenge in October and I will be sharing some of their best posts over the next 30 days (because I love reading other people’s blogs and getting an insight into their world).
Warm up your audience
That’s you! If you are reading this you are now part of my audience and I aim to open your mind, engage you (yes that means comments on my blogs and sharing on Facebook pretty please) and show you things that I find interesting in the hope that you will too!
Some of the topics I will be covering:
The way I work with clients
How I help clients have better lives
So something for everyone with a mind 🙂
p.s. If you need help now with depression, anxiety, stress, stop smoking, weight loss, a phobia, addiction or need emotional healing, please get in touch.