Before joining any class whether in-person or online, I look for the following : the teacher's style to make learning fun and excitable, how the teacher breaks down instructions that make seemingly complicated moves doable, undaunted & simpler, how the content is structured and stitched together to build up on previous lessons and make it a progressive learning rather than the program being scattered and all over the place, and the quality of the online materials matter - the way the videos are shot, the angles taken so you can see the moves, HLC did all that and way more.
The Hoop Love Coach training is a unique experience. It gives you all the tools you need to become a great hooper, an amazing hoop teacher and a self confident person. It makes you see hoop dance as a way of everyday life and helps you communicate the best part of yourself with your students and the hoop community. It is a gift to yourself that makes you realize that the right time is now!
I truly believe confidence comes from repetition. Doing something over and over again, learning, tweaking, making it better will bring confidence.
What you truly need is courage.
The courage to get started. The courage to keep creating.
So let’s do this!
I have been sharing videos online regularly for about a decade. But truly making videos since the 80s. My Mum has some epic mini series on VHS starring my Barbie and the dog.
These days I mostly upload to YouTube and Instagram, with some regular Facebook live action. But I “make a living” from teaching online. Online video courses have become an absolute passion of mine and I love learning how we can transcend the screen and share fully connected teachings with students all over the globe.
Cameras truly are the bridges between worlds, they facilitate connection and support learning. But they also bring terror and palpitations to the hearts of many who are not used to speaking in front of them.
Here are my top tips for having the courage to start teaching and sharing through the lens. Ways to make your videos stand out and most importantly keep your students or audience watching so that your message is heard and your students can grow and improve.
A friend who really wants to learn something from you, wants to feel loved, respected and entertained like all friends do, but hasn’t got all day for you to get to the point.
Have the courage to speak directly in a sincere and friendly way.
How do you do this? Imagine your best friend, your sweetest friend, your most considerate friend is sitting right behind the camera. Talk to them.
In many of my early instructional videos this was my entire focus. It gave me a lot of courage to teach in front of a camera even if I wasn’t feeling entirely confident. Every time I switched on the camera I imagined I was talking directly to a student or a friend right in front of me. Keeping it simple, direct, friendly, and giving “them” lots of love.
Here is an example of a video I shared many years ago. I simply stood in front of the camera and gave instructions as if I was showing a friend some new ideas.
I used to think that this would mess up my flow and make things seem unnatural but writing out some notes before hand or a complete script is going to help you in several ways. 1. You will know exactly what you want to say and your delivery will be well considered. No rambling. 2. You will have to do less takes and less edits. Time saving. 3. You won’t forget important parts that are really helpful to your message and your audience.
Here is an example of of a video that I made to share the new Hoop Love Coach training course. I knew there were a lot of things that I had to share in a short video, I didn’t want to leave anything out and I wanted to make sure that I could courageously speak with fluid pace to the camera. So I wrote out the script, added it to a free online teleprompter, set my lap top up right behind the camera lens, practiced 3 times so I didn’t look like I was reading then delivered my script courageously to the camera.
Without a script I surely would have left many valuable points out and the video shoot would have taken hours and hours instead of about 30 minutes. It also made editing the video super easy because there were no mistakes.
When it comes to feeling courageous in front of a camera, timing is a huge consideration.
Jumping straight into teaching online courses, sharing weekly tutorials or launching a new YouTube channel requires some planning and consideration, especially if you want to keep it consistent. Try smaller projects to build your courage and become comfortable with your voice on camera, your delivery, the tech side of things. Start by sharing daily or weekly Insta Stories. Maybe play around on SnapChat. Share some Facebook live tutorials. Shoot a few practice tutorials and share them in private groups.
By starting out with smaller projects you can build confidence through repetition, you can learn more by doing but you don’t have to feel overwhelmed by the demands of consistent content creation and a brutal uploading schedule.
Action takes courage, but courage is all you need. Confidence will come from action but you have to take little steps. If you have lessons, messages, tips, tutorials that you really want to share with your students then start now. Start small but start now. Make a plan. Decide where you want to video, what camera you will use, where you will upload the videos so that your students have the best chance of seeing them, what you will teach/discuss/share. Make some notes, pick a time of day for good lighting, pick out an outfit that makes you feel courageous, grab a hoop that doesn’t clash with the background colour (a mistake I still make!!), do a few practice tutorials and then make a commitment to share with courage.
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Deanne Love has launched a global revolution inside the hula hoop. Hoopers from around the world tune in to learn from Deanne’s fresh and passionately positive style of hoop dance instruction. The one time primary school teacher and creative founder of Hooplovers.tv shares high energy live and online classes, workshops and performance-based hoop education. Her mission is to inspire global beings to find their true potential through movement and self-expression via hoop dance.
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