There are so many e-courses, how do I decide to invest in training or move on?
I absolutely love enrolling in e-courses. In fact, I love learning in general and have 3 University Qualifications, 4 Accreditation’s and have attended many online courses.
It’s safe to say I love to invest in training.
I am also a qualified trainer and am quite critical when I review the training courses that come my way as I understand what makes a good course (and what makes a great one!).
Despite this, I really struggle to say no to more learning opportunities but frankly my bank account can’t afford for me to enrol in everything!
So I wanted to share with you how I pick which courses to enrol in, I hope this will help you decide if my course or the ones I recommend are for you and also to critically review any others that come your way.
In this online world, it can be a little tricky to separate the good courses from the below average ones and the downright cowboys.
The million dollar question
But before you even make that call there is a question you need to be asking yourself first – Does this course align with my business plan (and identified learning and development priorities) for the year?
If you don’t have a business plan sadly you will end up being seduced by flashy courses and enrol when quite possibly what you are learning is not relevant to the direction of your business or your particular skills gaps.
So let me give you an example. If in in 2017 you want to get more serious with your blog content it would make sense to enrol in programs like bright eyed and blog hearted.
However if creating an e-Course is higher on your priority list then enrolling in my program the e-Course Launch Formula would make more sense.
Content, Content, Content
Next, you should review what content the course will cover in detail. If they don’t provide a good level of detail then don’t enrol!
Think about whether the structure and flow of the course makes sense as this will give you a good insight to their skills in designing and writing e-courses.
Is the content going to take you further in your business, does it align with your business plan priorities or is it just ‘nice to know’?
Will it fit your learning style?
Every person has their own learning style which can be classified as visual, auditory or kinaesthetic or a mixture of these.
- Visual Learners will like videos (if they are visually interesting), workbooks they can print out and infographics.
- Auditory Learners will enjoy videos, podcasts, webinars and live Q&A calls.
- Kinaesthetic Learners will enjoy lots of activities that get them involved, for example, a meditation which gets their body involved or an in-person meet-up.
I am a very strong visual person and I find it REALLY DIFFICULT to listen to podcasts and webinars where there are no visuals as my mind just wanders. So training that is predominantly delivered that way does not work for me.
A really important consideration is whether the course has any interaction with other people such as in-person meet-ups, forums, facebook groups or Q&A calls. For some people, this interaction is really important to them and others will prefer to study independently (this is largely due to differences in personality).
You need to understand your style and preferences and select training accordingly. If you don’t know your learning style you can take the test here.The best training will have been developed by someone who understands the 3 different learning styles and caters to all three. Click To Tweet
Is the Price Right?
Price is an important factor but my experience is that if I really want to do something I will find the money, no matter the cost.
So when I say is the price right? I mean does the price they are asking align with your perceived value of their course and the quality of their marketing materials.
Do you connect with the person, brand or business delivering it?
Part of what you are paying for when you sign-up to training or e-courses is direct access to the brand or business which is often just one or two key people. Therefore you need to know whether you like their personality, style and demeanour before investing in their training programs. You can work this out my first reading their blogs, watching their videos and signing up to their newsletter to get a feel for whether you connect with them and would like to learn from them before investing your money.
Some of my clients like to learn from me because I am very driven, organised and planned yet also a mum and understand their current life situation and limitations.
It really depends on what YOU connect with!
What is your ‘gut’ or intuition telling you?
When the current mastermind I am in was enrolling my head was telling me “this is way too much money, you should save it”…..
However, my gut was just urging me to sign up.
I asked myself ‘can I afford to do this’ and my intuition responded with this isn’t about the money, you have a soul calling to be in this group.
Let me tell you any decision made using your intuition will be the right one.
If you are going to enroll then commit to it!
Serial course enrollees like me can suffer the propensity to get really excited, enrol but then never finish anything!
When I spend alot money on e-Courses or Masterminds I vow that I am going to do all the work, implement like a mo-fo and get the most out of it that I can. And I do.
Making a comittment to implementing will virtually guarantee you make the investment back.
If you have a question about the course then just ask!
Seriously we would prefer to answer your question and help you decide if the course is right for you than not hear from you at all. By the way, I’d love to hear from you if you are considering my program and have a few questions!
Don’t let fear stop you
If you are struggling to make a decision on signing up for a course I recommend finding a quiet place getting comfortable and thinking about the course – what is your body telling you?
Is it saying this really isn’t the right course for you?
Where is the resistance coming from?
Is it your intuition telling you it is not right or is it FEAR telling you can’t do it with sabotages such as what if I don’t understand and look dumb or what if the other people don’t like me?
If it is fear then recognise it, acknowledge it but then face that fear and sign-up.
And remember most courses have a refund period so if it really is not what you hoped and expected then ask for a refund during the refund period.
What have you got to lose?