Have you ever learned something? Mastered a mini-skill in the massive ocean of possibility, a skill that has helped you accomplish your goals in some way? That, my friend, is the only qualification you need to become a teacher!
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Quick question as we begin today’s episode, and it’s simply this. Have you ever learnt something I would imagine everyone here listening could say without any question, 100 percent certainly that they have at some time learnt a useful skill, learnt something that has improved and enhanced and benefited their life in some way. You know, have you mastered some kind of mini skill? Yeah. In the massive ocean of possibility, all of the things that you could possibly do and learn and give yourself to.
But in the midst of all of that great ocean, you have discovered something that is worthwhile, something that has enhanced your life and helped you to accomplish your goals. That, my friend, is the only qualification that you really need to transfer from being a learner to a teacher. If you have actually learn and applied something successfully, you step into different shoes. You step into shoes that could potentially and in some ways almost ought to become a teacher to hand that knowledge on and to pay it forward.
Now, it’s important to remember that sometimes we can take very much for granted the things that we have learnt way we would like these hard earned skills and breakthroughs that we enjoy the benefits and the fruits of. Now we will want the other side. Yeah, we were once on the other side of those breakthroughs and those learnings looking and wondering what do I do next? You know, and most people and not there are people right now. Yeah. In the very same place that you used to be, you know, they may be one step behind you, they may be 10, but they are looking and asking the same questions that you were at one time.
And, you know, most of them aren’t looking to kind of leapfrog the next 5000 miles to the end tape, although for some people that may be the dream. In fact, you know, a lot of people want to press a button and end up like on top of the mountain or on the podium holding the winner’s cup, you know, but really, that is a fantasy. Yeah. Most people with a reasonable intelligence understand that what they long for, what they’re looking for is to find someone who can help them take that next confidence step to overcome their fears and just step forward one or two steps toward their desired outcome.
And if you can do that, can you help someone do that in a specific area of life? My bet is that everyone here can you know, I’m a big fan of online education. Larna and I have produced numerous different online courses in everything from like Christian dance and movement all the way through to kind of how to use particular kinds of software and then more inspirational kind of productivity courses, courses, teaching prayer, all sorts of different ways in which we’ve sought to crystallise our experience and our knowledge to help other people really leverage what we have paid for through our time, through our experience, and hand it to others so they don’t necessarily have to go through the same kind of mountain climbing exercises that we did to discover what we knew and also understanding that I’ve allowed others at times to do the mountain climbing for me.
I’ve invested in their training and then as a result of application of that training, I then seek to teach other people, you know, as I’ve been the grateful recipient of all of the truths and the help and the wisdom of others who have gone before me. I’m a voracious reader, a lifelong learner. I love to listen to books. I love to read books. I love to partake of what others have paid to discover, you know, and at the same time as being a consumer of that kind of information.
I’m also a maker, you know, and you and I were children of the creator. You know, we’ve been cultivated by the Holy Ghost to follow in our father’s footsteps and make things, you know, make things of beauty, make things that are useful to other people and that can benefit other people’s lives. And because of the way that the world has now opened up through the Internet, it’s made it very, very easy for us not to just be recipients, but to be contributors, that you’ve got something to contribute to mankind, contribute to other people, and the actual framework is there for you to do it.
You know, the the opportunity is open for you to do that should you choose to. And as you do, you keep this seed sowing cycle working by sharing your awesome with other people, even as you partake of the awesome that’s coming to you from elsewhere. You know, and this contribution that you’ve got to bring, it’s just something special, something that only you can share, really, because it’s infused with your unique personality, your unique history.
All of that rich experience is transferable and just really needs a vehicle to carry the information from your heart and mind to the heart and mind of someone else. Online courses are one way to bake all of that beautiful into a cake so someone else can eat it. And I’ve used various ways to do this. And this has been both good for me in just my reach and my impact and also my income. I’ve used platforms like Udemy. Udemy would not be my first recommendation, to be honest, because they have very you know, it’s very controlled.
You don’t have the same freedom with your content on the Udemy platform as you might have elsewhere. I’ve set up WordPress, websites, membership sites. I’ve, you know, certainly learning how to build a basic website is very, very useful knowledge to have if you’re looking to make a splash in the online world. But, you know, even that can be quite complicated. So I’ve used other platforms as well. But my favourite and the one that I now kind of really I’ve just thrown my all in with is podia, because it not only allows you to host unlimited video files, audio, etc.
, you can create unlimited courses. You know, you are not you’re not a lot of the platforms you pay on a monthly basis, just as you would with podia. But on the lower plans, you can only create five products or something like that. Well, I’ve got I’ve got loads of products. I don’t want to be limited. And I also don’t want to pay more and more and more and more every time I come up with a new idea that I want to experiment with.
And so the unlimited nature of what Podia presently offers is was very enticing for me. And and the fact that really it bakes so much in to that one platform, not only the delivery of your content, but the the sales side of it. It will connect in with your stripe account or your PayPal account, and you can take payments. You can also bring affiliates on board. And you can it’s got basic affiliate management, basic list building and kind of drip email features in there.
So there’s a you can build your own website on there. So you’ve got a front facing website with the various pages that you might want to show and plus kind of a very nice and hugely improving. It’s like got better and better in the short time that I’ve been with them. I’ve been with them probably a couple of years now, but they’ve made that. They’re always making new features, improving the product, improving the service. So they’re very invested themselves.
And so there are, as I say, other options. Udemy is a nice place to start in some ways because it’s completely free. You’re going to have no expenses and you can begin to kind of hone your course, creating and course presenting and selling skills there without really having any initial or monthly expenses that go along with it. So it’s a good place to start. But once you begin to kind of gather an audience and sharpen your skills.
It may be that you’ll want to have more leverage on how you present your content and, of course, the money that you take, because when you’re on a platform like Udemy, they are going to take 50 percent of the income, you know. So here in Podia, you keep all of the money that you make, which is like a huge benefit. Let’s face it. You know, there are some weaknesses. You know, there’s not a lot of power to create even a very simple funnel.
You know, it’s very much a front end type presentation of your course. It would be nice if they had some funnel building structure within there. So you could better say you can add up cells so you can sell a course and then say, hey, you might also like to buy this, but it’s very limited. You can’t even create a kind of a solid sales page for that upsell if you choose to do it. But, you know, as with any platform that that presents itself and claims to be an all in one solution, most of the time they’re not you know, they every platform that claims that it does have its weaknesses.
But as far as actual value for money is concerned, feature set the people behind the product that you can trust. This is not some spammy Internet marketing type scam that will disappear after a few years. It’s a very, very solid product with a huge user base and say there’s financial the financial wheels are moving in the background to keep funding improvements on it. I would say podia is definitely my number one recommendation for anyone looking to get into the course building marketplace.
And yeah. So what do you know that you can show? Do you have ideas that can be planted in others and cause them to prosper and grow? If that’s the case, online courses may be the way to go. I recommend that you give some thought to it, you know, what do you know that you can show? Do you have ideas that can be planted in others causing them to prosper and grow online courses may be the way to go.
Well, thanks for listening. Hopefully it’s been an encouragement to you today. If you want to connect any further, you can do so through my website at Davidleemartin.com. Have a great day.