How to Create a Course in 12 Hours

March 27, 2015

If you have a moment, I want to help you create a course (an epic “mini-course” to be more specific) that you can give away or sell to your audience, and I want to help you for free. Like seriously, I have a 20-page workbook and 5 training videos waiting for you, but I must start with the brief story of a time, long ago, when I created an entire mini-course in 12 hours. The story begins in the distant past known as . . . two days ago.

11 a.m. – I woke up // Don’t judge me, I got a late start.
11:15 a.m. – I remembered how I really want to create a quick, free Blog School this weekend to help people plan + create their blogs.
11:17 a.m. – I thought it would be fun to invite other friends across the globe to create their own short courses with me.
11:18 a.m. – I thought, “Maybe I can make it a bit of a challenge and post updates throughout the day.”
11:19 a.m. – Made up my mind and then posted a graphic announcing my plans on Instagram.

Mini Course Challenge Announcement

I started posting YouTube updates as I was creating my initial product (a blog school), which I still plan to finish soon, but then my path morphed a bit. I realized (somewhere in Hour 3 I think) that the mini course I was actually creating was a course on how to create mini courses. Yeah. It took me a minute to realize it. But see, #whathadhappenedwas:

I was working and posting videos and updates on one thing, but I constantly wanted to develop worksheets, resources, tips, and more for everyone else who was following along and creating their own mini courses.

Shocker, right? If you know me at all, then you know that I live to create and do adult homework. So the day I had so carefully planned out (translation: had not planned out at all really) morphed into the creation of a short course that I want you to be able to take for free.

Want to take a completely free course on how to create courses?

And here’s the thing, you don’t have to jump through any flaming hoops (unless you’re really keen to) . . . you get complete access hereI mean. Would I be mad if you tweeted the short tweet below? Not at all.

Take a free class my friends

And, would I complain if you put up with me as I share a few more shots of the workbook? Nope. It was a lot of fun to create.

How to create a mini course for your audience

So, what’s in this “Create a Course in 12 hours” workbook?

The workbook has 20 pages that cover the various sections of the mini-course. Between the five training videos and the worksheets, you’ll find materials to help you as you:

  • Decide on your topic
  • Identify your people (audience)
  • Create an outline for your course
  • Select the format for each part of the course you are creating
  • Decide on the delivery methods for your course content
  • Think up course promotion ideas
  • Edit your course
  • Format your course documents/videos (+ my secret tip for creating materials quickly)
  • And more (such as a Launch Checklist and lots of videos of me in my Jimi Hendrix shirt)

How to Create a Course for Fun or for Profit

So, the challenge itself was epic. Mad props to Vanessa Edwards (@4TheLoveOfLivin) for staying up with me and quoting Gwen Stefani lyrics. A lot of amazing people stayed up until 4 or 5 a.m. working on their courses. I loved the updates I was getting from Robin Walthour (@RobinWalthour1) on Facebook as she created her course/challenge; it was also nice to track people’s progress in the YouTube comments. Altogether, it was fun and insane.

Someone, somewhere might be making the excellent point that I should warn people and give people prep time before creating a challenge . . . I heed that. #Heeded. So here’s my forewarning >> If you have ever, ever, ever wanted to create a book, eBook, or other similar information product, then please clear your schedule in May. Some wonderful women allowed me to harass them into collaborating with me on something epic. I’ll tell you more about it soon. But, back to how you can take this current course for free. Just click on the workbook image below (or the preview of the class page) and get going.

The Free Create a Course Workbook

A free mini-course on creating mini-courses for your audience.

Share this free mini-course workbook with your friends

Let me know what kinda course you’re planning to create, eh?

Blog post photo: Kristen Curette
All photos of challenge/course: (c) Regina Anaejionu