Wise Advice for New Instructors

Words of wisdom for new instructors! We asked some of our most experienced instructors what they know now that they wish they’d known when just starting out on Udemy. For our newest instructors, take note of these tidbits of advice to ensure your experience getting started on Udemy is as smooth as possible.

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  • If you have a craft that you want to teach then jump in. Don’t be scared or worried that you wont be successful. It takes time but at very least START!
  • Just start and you will figure it out along the way. You will make mistakes but learn from them and get better.
  • Quit trying to be perfect. Instead, get started and get some momentum. A lot of your questions and issues will figure themselves out.

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  • Teach something you are passionate about. Your enthusiasm will come through in your lectures.
  • Udemy is a marketplace: research the market before you even start creating your own course.
  • Check out your competition first. Do your research and know you need to stand out from the crowd if you have a lot of competition.

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  • Start with a smaller, shorter course – if you feel really passionate about sharing a certain subject, then start with a course on a certain part of it.
  • Learn from the masters. Don’t put months into developing your course until you’ve studied how others achieved success.
  • Be careful not to number your lecture and section titles in the videos or course. Udemy will do that for you, and you may end up changing the order or adding/deleting things. For this same reason, avoid transitions in your lecture videos that say something like “coming up next we’ll be talking about…”

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  • Be genuine, talk about what you know, share the advice you have gathered, and tell your story in a way which benefits students.
  • Just be yourself. Loosen up, have fun, and be engaging.
  • Smile when recording – it removes a lot of tension from the face.
  • Drink some fresh water, clear your vocal cords, then start recording up to 5 minutes in one take with any setup. Then set up a camera as intended and with your mind on the topic and record the lecture for real. If you make a mistake, just pause, repeat the wrong part and continue!
  • Record the introduction and promotional videos last.

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  • Done is better than perfect. You can always go back in and improve and tweak later.
  • Dont spend too much time on creating your first course. Create your first course quickly and then collect feedback from students to improve it and make it perfect
  • Don’t overthink it. Create a short course, short videos and get it up and live. Nothing like completion for boosting your confidence. Don’t sweat the sales numbers, just take action day by day to grow your own presence and professionalism.

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  • Build an audience before you build a course.
  • Creating a course is just the first step. Marketing is the next. Learn about different marketing techniques because that will keep your course alive.

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  • A few bad reviews are a good thing – they make all your good reviews look more authentic.
  • Achieving success on Udemy takes time, but enjoy the journey.
  • Don’t sacrifice quality for quantity.
  • Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. It’s better to diversify your strategy.

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