Three Ways to Sabotage Your Webinar

Three Ways to Sabotage Your Webinar

There is a huge trend in self-improvement education with webinars that offer detailed and expert information for free, but then offer paid consulting or paid further education opportunities. Creating a webinar is an amazing way to build your trio of expert knowledge (Trio post is in progress). This is an opportunity for all experts in their field to share vital information that only comes with experience in the profession, and this demand for expert knowledge webinars continues to grow. 3 ways you are sabotaging your Webinar: You brag… too much, anyways. I viewed a free webinar recently about how to build an effective platform in order to grow your business in weeks. The beginning started out well: The presenter mentioned that they were giving away this information, but it was not required to purchase the consultation package. However, slide after slide was not filled with vital usable content. The 20 minutes that I watched was jam-packed with the business’s success stories. After the 10th success story and almost nothing written on my notes, I closed the video. I couldn’t handle the presenter bragging so much. Don’t get me wrong, it could have been possible for him to brag AND give me some useful information, but he didn’t. Unfortunately, I didn’t even get to the end to see the package and services they were offering which might have been useful if the webinar was better organized. That said, you can and should highlight your or your business’s accomplishments, but leave that at the beginning and one example for each point that you are making. 2. You’re too creative. The information...
My Mission Statement

My Mission Statement

“Anything that You Can Place into Your Imagination Can Harden into a Reality.” by Dr. Wayne Dyer  Successful people have a mission statement.  They “know in [their] heart what [they] are here for, what [they] came to do.” Listen more on the Quote of the Day Show. I have finally defined what it is I’m on earth for.  You can read about it here.  This is an ongoing process, but I can state confidently that: I am here to support people in achieving their dreams. I’m here to teach and streamline curriculum and teaching processes, and I am here to show other people God’s love through Christ.   If you haven’t created a Mission statement for your life, I suggest that you do that.  Dan Miller has a process that you can go through here.  If you don’t know who you are and what you are doing here, you won’t go anywhere that you want to go.   As a high school English teacher, I have heard many students claim that they are going to be millionaires.  When I ask them how, most of the time they have no clue.  They may rap, sing, or do some other creative venture, but they generally are lacking follow-through and purpose.  Now I don’t blame them.  It is understandable that teenagers think this way, but it is way worse when I hear adults either being completely defeated by the world OR still imagining success without taking any steps to achieve it. How to Achieve Success In Dr. Dryer’s clip, he describes Maslow’s Self-Actualization.  He says that “there are certain people who come into this world that...
Narrowing My Focus

Narrowing My Focus

As I have mentioned many times, I have gone through this process over the past year of realizing that I am capable of doing and achieving so much more than I am right now.  I feel like I am Indiana Jones right before he takes the first step across the Leap of Faith. I don’t know what is going to be there when I take that step, but I trust that it is what I must do. I have all the abilities (mostly because I have convinced myself of it, and I have proven it to myself), but I just need to take that first step and do what I haven’t done in the past: follow through. So now I have realized the value that I can bring to the world. Now I realize that I have so many more skills than I even know what to do with and that could fit into one job category.  Here I go to list them: I am a helper, a teacher, a coach, an encourager, a writer, and an editor.  My passion is writing curriculum. I love breaking down large pieces of complicated information into easy to follow steps that anyone can follow: from the people who think they can’t to the people who already think they know how.  I love creating activities and lessons that teach these concepts in a fun and creative way.  I can create the whole picture and the small activities. I love coaching people through this process and helping them to make them a better presenter and teacher. I also love teaching.  I realize after each...
Strategies for Classroom Management-For the Most Challenging Classrooms (Part 1)

Strategies for Classroom Management-For the Most Challenging Classrooms (Part 1)

I have worked in alternative high school settings in Southern California for 8 years.  I have seen it all.  I know what works and what does not work.  Control does not work; psychology does.   Part One will discuss What Not To Do and Part Two will discuss What To Do     I was a Teacher’s Assistant in one of the most challenging alternative schools in San Diego County while I was going to college.  During that time, I was able to learn an immense about classroom management as I saw substitute teacher after substitute teacher fall flat on their face, cry, and leave defeated after a classroom of rebellious students, mostly gang members, ate them alive.  I saw the manipulation tactics in full force.  The students switching names, seats, convincing the teacher of made up rules, and overall just taking over the classroom (the kind of classes the Substitute had taught in the inner cities, I’m sure). I have seen students cause teachers to cry and then the students play the victim and blame the sub.  In my experience, I have had a student throw a desk across the room in frustration.  I have kicked students out daily. I have been called every name in the book in front of the whole class and have had a few of them get so close to my face that I could feel their breath.    I have also lost control over my own behaviors that the class was unable to resume. I have tried my hardest to regain some normalcy or control but failed daily.  I have tried everything for...
Accomplishing My Dreams

Accomplishing My Dreams

I was honestly not planning on doing any sort of Year in Review, but here it goes.  Last school year, my 5th year teaching, I began to question my profession of choice, and I realized that maybe I am not that person who would be a high school English teacher forever.  On the surface, I wanted to be.  I wanted to be content with having the same job and profession forever, but as I began to do more and learn more about myself, about teaching, and more importantly about how the skills that I began to develop could not be contained or satisfied in a high school English class, I became discontent and honestly, worse as a teacher.  I became angry that this would be my life forever and took it out on the kids. I love teaching, don’t get me wrong.  It is a core part of my being.  I’ve always known that I would be a teacher, but even in my college teaching education program I never could fit myself into the box of a literature-loving, grammar-focused teacher.  I could honestly count the times that I taught grammar or vocab on one hand, and I only taught it then because I felt like that is what real English teachers are supposed to do.  I was that teacher who would die before I gave students questions from a book or a pre-made handout.  I always decided that if I did not have fun planning or creating a lesson, then I would not want to teach it.  So as soon as I learned how, I created everything from scratch....
How to Ask Questions That Elicit a Response From Your Audience

How to Ask Questions That Elicit a Response From Your Audience

like Tony Robbins does Tony Robbins is not paid for being a motivational speaker only because he was born to speak, he has natural talent, or he is saying something new.  He may have a natural talent for speaking but without practicing the techniques used to appeal his audience, he would not be successful.  He could have all the natural talent in the world but without good preparation before he speaks, his events would fall flat.  Most of the time, he tells his audience things they already know, but overall, his delivery and the way that he makes the audience feel is what makes him so popular.  He makes them feel like they are having a conversation.  This is not just a natural talent that he has, but a skill that he has learned: how to effectively interact with his audience.  This skill has helped him refine his craft of speaking through building a connection to his audience.   Many speakers might marvel at the way he can ask a question and get a useful and audible response from his audience.  Today while listening one of his clips on The Quote of the Day Show, Tony talked about what it means to be wealthy, and I was very impressed with how much his audience verbally responded to his questions.  Eliciting audience response is not easy nor does it happen randomly.  It is a skill that Tony has learned, and we can, too.   Has there been any time when you have asked a question to an audience that you desired a response from and the person or audience assumed...
3 Rules to Follow While Writing & Editing a Paper

3 Rules to Follow While Writing & Editing a Paper

x There are no good writers, only good editors!! Write with your voice One piece of advice that I hear many, many English teachers tell students that I completely disagree with is, “Don’t write like you talk!”  WHAT?!?! What are you talking about?  How can you not write like you talk?  If you can’t write how you talk, how in the world can you write anything? On the other hand, the compliment that you should hear as a writer is, “It sounds like you are talking to me.”  When you do that, it is this amazing device that we English teachers call “Your voice!”  So why would they tell you not to write like you talk but at the same time tell you to find your voice in writing?  It doesn’t make any sense. I know their fear.  They don’t want you to add cuss words or informal language, but I have heard gang members use that informal language, very inappropriate for school I might add, while talking about the rhetorical appeals.  You know what?  I am not going to correct a student’s verbal grammar if they can have a discussion applying the appeals to an academic text that we have read.  If you are thinking deeply about a subject then write it the way you’d like and edit later. In the Montessori schools, they do not begin to grade on grammar or spelling in stories, journals, or essays until much later in students’ education.  They believe that thinking about the structure and spelling actually hinders the writing process and the student’s creativity; I agree.  This is because we...

Making a Change

If you do this 10 minutes every day, you will change!! I have changed my life this year.  It is simple and only takes about 10 minutes per day (or more if I have a longer drive or workout).  It has become my extrinsic motivator.  It has filled me with confidence and has inspired me to write more.  It has made me move out of my comfort zone into a world that is scary and unknown.  This change looks like the 10 minutes per day it takes to listen to The Quote of the Day podcast from Sean Croxton.  Everyday I listen to this podcast, and I have become hungry for more so have added audio books on Audible like The Five Second Rule, 48 Days to the Work You Love, 15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management or How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. This one change of listening to The Quote of the Day Show has spurred a change in my thinking and actions.  I have stopped thinking that success was just for those people.  I have stopped thinking that I can’t change.  I have stopped thinking that since I am a type B, laid back personality that I can’t be an entrepreneur. I have however, realized that an entrepreneur does not have to be the go-getter, boss, who is in charge of or inspires hundreds of people immediately.  I have realized that it is a conscious effort to change one thing at a time and utilize my time wisely to complete tasks efficiently.  I have gained a new desire to not...

Teach Hard or Go Home

One of the qualities of the best teachers that I have ever had is when they aren’t afraid to  make a fool of themselves or fail in front of their students.  They go hard. They buy into their silliness, and they don’t care if the students sigh and roll their eyes or join in.  I think of it as the one piece of being a teacher (you know, since we are so many things policeman, councilor, psychic, doctor, and many, many other things).  One of the hats we wear is performer. I went to a small venue for a rap concert one time.  The crowd was small, but the venue was nice.  When the performer came on stage, he danced and jumped around that entire stage, he was fully committed to going 100 and giving the best performance of his life even though the venue was only about a quarter full.  He did not let the crowd set the mood; he set it.  And song by song, the audience began to loosen up and dance.  It amazed me that one person could change the mood of so many people and influence them to do something they wouldn’t normally do. That’s the way we can be as teachers.  The students can come in with any variation of moods (especially if you are teaching teens or preteens), but we can be the guiding force of emotions in the classroom.  If you are going to teach something, think of a way to really get their attention.  Don’t take yourself too seriously.  Draw something and make fun of your drawing ability.  Sing for...
The Path of an Entrepreneur

The Path of an Entrepreneur

I’ve said a few times that I’ve never thought of myself as an Entrepreneur, but that has changed.  Through a series of events this year, I have realized that I’m capable of doing much more than classroom teaching.  I have realized that I can create and build whatever I want to do.  For instance, I have the ability to create unique curriculum and written documents with a combination of skills that I was born with and some that I have learned. I have realized that I have is that I can see the big picture while being able to break down the steps to achieve that goal.  I can use formal documents or standards that I am unfamiliar with, quickly read and understand them, and then use those standards to create a plan to apply them.   I can teach myself how to do anything, read any formal documents, and create a plan to achieve a goal. I actually LOVE this process.  Just the other day I began to work with a lady that I didn’t know to create curriculum for her physical therapy course (I have no experience in physical therapy).  She sent me the standards and expectations that she needs to cover during her course and I began to map out a lesson plan and unit plan that she can use so that she can use this guide for her state required accreditation document. This is all second nature for me.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE it.  That said, I am already thinking of ways that I can streamline this process for other professionals to use. Working with different...