5 Things To Note Before You Host A Teleclass

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A Teleclass is a Webinar, Teleseminar, or Telesummit. All events done online or via a conference line. Each one of the tips below will help you as you plan for your next event.

5 Things To Note Before You Host A Telesummit

  1. If you’re using video, expect someone to email you regarding their not being able to view it.

    This is very much depends on their Internet speed and computer. All the checks and testing in the world will not resolve a slow Internet connection issue. Think through whether or not video is the best option.

    Consider having shorter video segments to help decrease load time. You could also add an audio or transcript as an added value. This could benefit not just those with an issue viewing the video, but all participants as well.

  2. Step through your entire process so you’ll know what participants will go through when they sign up for your event.

    Often trainers will leave this completely up to their virtual assistant and have questions later regarding the process. Be proactive and know the flow of things.

    It will also help you refine and tweak your process if needed. If you’ve got too many opt-ins following sign up and get frustrated with it, your participants will too.

  3. If you are using InstantTeleseminar for your event, be mindful of the options selected when creating your event.

    If you’ll only be speaking and using no visuals, make sure the PowerPoint slide option is not selected. This way if the event link is provided for the actual event or just the replay, your participants will not be looking at a blank screen. When you leave PowerPoint slide off they only see the event page when listening to the replay or participating live on the call via web cast.

  4. Pre-programmed email broadcast messages give you an opportunity to stay in the moment.

    There may be glitches that need to be addressed or content that needs to be tweaked at the last minute. By having your email broadcast messages pre-written and scheduled, it’s one less thing you have to think about. Of course, you will have tested it all and ensure the links are working.

  5. Pre-scheduled social media blurbs are also another to-do for your event that can be handled long before the event.

    You don’t want to have to think on whether or not you posted on Facebook or Twitter at the final hour. It would be too late and you’ll have other things to do.

It’s very easy to decide to host an event and get it setup in something like InstantTeleseminar or GoToMeeting. However, it’s the details behind the event that could easily trip you up.

Don’t let that be you. One of our unique characteristics is the ability to assist in the thinking through of the details. While you as the visionary see the whole picture, we break it down based on past experiences.

On the day of or week of your event you should not be stressing anything. Instead you should be focused on the participants you will be serving and the valuable content you’ll be providing them with.

How can we serve you in getting your teleclass from an idea to a scheduled event?

How To Get Up And Running With Blog Talk Radio

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How To Get Up And Running With Blog Talk Radio
by Tiffany Johnson

A few weeks ago a question was posed to me on my Facebook page:

How do you get up and running with blog talk radio?

Up until that point I hadn’t thought about taking you through the steps on getting setup. I’ve been recommending it as a way of practicing for your teleseminars, etc however the how to wasn’t included. Today’s issue is all about how to get setup with Blog Talk Radio and also a few fun tricks you may not have realized was possible with this tool.

First things first, determine what you want your show to be about. This will help when it’s time to create a title, description, and select keywords that best describe your subject matter.

You’ll also want a nice graphic to be included as it will be used each time your show airs. It’s also the image that comes up whenever the link to your Blog Talk Radio Show is shared on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+. You can also have a different graphic specific for each show.

It’s important to note this information can change over time. You may start off one way and decide to switch and that’s fine. It’s what happened to us as well. All previous episodes will feature the original information.

The updates will apply to any new episodes.

Here’s a short video on the setup process:

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From here you want to step through your account and update your settings for your Profile, My Page, Content, Notifications, and Password if needed.

You can have notifications setup so a reminder is be sent to both you and your subscribers a few hours prior to your show. Get ready, get ready, it’s time to go live!

You’re all set! Until show time…

In order for your show to start, you must be physically present. This means you have to dial-in to the host line and put in your host pin code to get the show started.
Otherwise those who call in to your show will hear the Blog Talk Radio announcer until the show starts. You definitely do not want that.

One thing you may not realize is although you have to be physically present you do not actually have to say anything live. That’s right, you don’t even have to talk. I’m sure you’re wondering how is that possible?

The very first blog talk radio show I ever did was on July 21st 2011. I scheduled it as a result of a blog post. However, when the time came for the show I get EXTREMELY nervous when the Blog Talk Radio announcer came on and said:

“Your show will start in 5 minutes.”

“Your show will start in 2 mins 30 secs.”

“Your show will start in 1 min.”

“Your show will start in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1”

How To Get Up And Running With Blog Talk Radio

I was live, sweating, tongue tied and had no idea what to say. I went blank. I saw that someone had logged on to the chatroom to listen to the call which made me even more nervous. I didn’t know what to do so I clicked the big red button:


Yes, I killed the episode. I didn’t want it to be full of ‘ums and uhs’ for 15 minutes. I had to quickly regroup and figure out what to do. I had posted on Facebook that we were having our first show and I knew I had to record something for my blog post.

I rescheduled it for later that afternoon and get myself together. I was ready the second time around. From that point forward I was always prepared, but hated how nervous I got when hearing the announcer. I still get nervous, however I came up with a solution.

I learned that you can pre-record your show using just about any method of choice these days. A digital recorder, a recorder on your smartphone, Sound Cloud, Audacity, whatever method you prefer to record audio and get an MP3 file. For some systems you may have to convert your .wav file to MP3.

Blog Talk Radio will accept a .wav file, however I found it to be much larger than when I converted to MP3. One day the show was going to air in just minutes and I needed my audio to load much faster than it was, so I immediately converted it to MP3 using iTunes and it loaded in no time.

These days sometimes the shows are pre-recorded and sometimes they are actually me speaking live. Either way, I’m always there to press the button just like they do at the radio station. I even have intro music which I think is pretty cool and I like playing it before and after the show starts.

This video shows exactly where to go to upload your audio. It also goes into the studio to show where you control your show.

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Once you’ve got your audio uploaded, you can control your entire show from your iPad. It’s important to note again you will have to be physically present to dial in to the show, but the rest can be done with the push of a button.

Also, if you’re interested in using the chat feature, you will need to be on a a newer iPad version that supports Flash.

Be sure and come back to let us know how your Blog Talk Radio show turned out.

How To Get Up And Running With Blog Talk Radio

The Latest Updates On Blog Talk Radio

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The Latest Updates On Blog Talk Radio

by Tiffany Johnson

Last Saturday I revised our Blog Talk Radio Show. The last episode was recorded in March of 2012. Since that time I receive reports on how many listeners I get per week. There were only a few weeks were the numbers were in the single digits, the rest double digits. Each time I’d think “wow, folks are still listening.” I even heard from listeners directly about the show and got positive feedback. As a result, I decided to bring it back. However I wasn’t sure when. Finally, last Saturday was it and I’m glad I did.

I really enjoy speaking about freelancing and helping to ignite the fire in others to seize the day and move forward in their dreams. Plus, some really cool stuff is happening with Blog Talk Radio and this is where you come in.

Did you know Blog Talk Radio is now incorporated with Facebook so you can prompt your show?

If you’ve ever watched a video or listened to an audio on Sound Cloud, it automatically posts to your Facebook Timeline for all to see. This is now possible with Blog Talk Radio.

Each time your show airs, it will automatically posts to your Facebook Timeline and when the replay is ready it will also post. You can even set it so when you schedule a new show that also post on your Timeline.

Blog Talk Radio is also incorporated with Twitter.

The same updates that go to Facebook can also be set to post on Twitter. Of course, you as the host have control over what you want posted. Up until this point if you wanted reminders to posts on social media, you had to do that yourself.

Additionally, you can now submit your Blog Talk Radio show to iTunes to be included as a Podcasts. How about that?

I’ve submitted my podcasts and will keep you posted on the results. It can take up to two weeks to hear back.

This is my favorite feature because I’m fascinated by podcasts and have wanted one of my own and was using Blog Talk Radio as practice. It’s also helpful in practicing for teleclasses if you find it difficult to speak before a virtual audience.

In July 2011, I introduced the first ever Blog Talk Radio show because it was part of a blog post on what you can do to prepare for your next teleclass. It’s been over a year and I’m curious to know if you’ve started your radio show.

It’s okay, I know some of you may be reading this tip for the very first time or completely forgot. Today is a great time to refresh yourself on how having an online radio show can help with your teleclasses check out this post: Blog Talk Radio and Your Next Teleclass.

The Latest Updates On Blog Talk Radio

5 Benefits of Teleclasses and How To Decide What To Charge

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5 Benefits of Teleclasses and How To Decide What To Charge

by Tiffany Johnson

Forget setting a New Year’s resolution. It’s time for some NOW resolutions. You know the things that have been waiting on the sidelines.

Stuff that can only be accomplished in the perfect setting, with the exact equipment, and on the vary day that Christ was born.

I just finished listening to a podcast about…podcasting and the guy is an audio snob just like I’m a WordPress snob. He was talking about the exact equipment to use and why.

Of course it all makes sense and yes the sound quality is going to be a million times better. However, if you don’t have the equipment right now today, it shouldn’t stop you. I mean if you wanted to do podcasting.

Okay, forget the whole podcasting thing. What I’m saying is that I know since you got here you’ve been wanting to do a teleclass. I’m curious to know if you’ve done it.

If not, have you tested the waters using Blog Talk Radio. You know this post Blog Talk Radio and Your Next Teleclass is the reason I started my Blog Talk Radio in the first place. I had to demonstrate how it was done. And then I kept doing it over and over again working and tweaking it each week until I felt comfortable with how I sound.

I’ve come to grips with the fact that the voice I hear in my head is completely different from what’s being recorded. I consider it a virtual version of me so I don’t get to caught up in criticizing my pronunciation of things or when my accent gets a little “extra.”

If I did, you wouldn’t ever hear my voice which is crazy because eventually I’ve got to say something.

Back to your teleclass…

Did you know once it’s done the recording is forever which can be turned into a product?

You could easily unload your entire calendar if you’ve been tied to 1-on-1 coaching all year.

You’ve probably got a lot of good information, but no one knows because it’s all stuck in your head. Do you feel heavy or overloaded because it’s just too much and if you read another thing you might explode?

Time to do a fun and wild thing, like making yourself available 24/7 via a recorded audio.

For those who have already experience Teleclass they’re wondering why they didn’t get started sooner. As a matter of fact they’ve been able to create eBooks, audio training, and workbooks all from one recording.

You can also:

  1. Create products. The calls themselves can be turned into products or classes.

  2. Build your list. Teleclasses are popular ways to introduce yourself to a new market.

  3. Sell more. By presenting a sales presentation over the phone, you offer much more interactivity and a stronger personal connection than you can through a website or direct mail piece.

  4. Get to know your audience. Being able to interact with your audience in real time allows an unprecedented level of market research, right in the moment.

  5. Create trust. Trust is crucial when you want to do business online. And one of the best ways to build trust with your audience is to interact with them directly. As they hear your voice live on the call — and as they ask questions and get answers right then and there — you become “real” to them and they’ll be able to bond with you. This is something that’s much harder to accomplish through sales letters and emails.

Have you considered whether your event will be paid or free? It really depends on your goals.

Why are you hosting a Teleclass?

– To promote a product or service.

– To build your audience.

Advantages of a free Teleclass:

  • You’ll get more registrations. Teleclasses are popular ways to introduce yourself to a new market. It’s easy to invite people to your free events — and as they sign up, they become part of your list.

  • It’s easier to implement. You won’t have to worry about processing payments or integrating a shopping cart with your sales page or email service.

Disadvantages of a free Teleclass:

  • They’re free, you won’t make any immediate money.

  • Sometimes, something offered for free is perceived as having a lower value than something that comes with a price tag.

Advantages of a paid Teleclass:

  • You’ll make money with each additional person who signs up to attend.

  • Your Teleclass might be perceived as more valuable if people must pay to gain access. 

Disadvantages of a paid Teleclass:

  • The more you charge, the fewer attendees you are likely to have.

  • Implementation is more complicated, as you’ll have to set up a way to take and process payments.

If you’re just starting out, you may want to go with a free Teleclass. That way, you can work out the kinks, figure out the technology, and
focus on learning the ropes without the additional stress of dozens of people expecting a top-notch, glitch-free experience.
And, of course, you can focus on the Teleclass and won’t have to worry about how to set up your shoppingcart.
Then, once you’ve figured out how everything works, you can start charging for your Teleclasses.

If your main goal is revenue generation, you could charge a fee for participating in your call or better yet do both.

Offer free participation in the initial call, and then charge for access to the recording and/or a transcript of the call.
This way, you maximize the number of people added to your list and you gain revenue in the process.

Only you can know what will work best for your situation and your business. Take a look at the pluses and minuses of a free Teleclass versus a paid one, and choose the one that feels right for you.

Now it’s your turn. Are there any advantages or disadvantages that you see in hosting a free or paid Teleclass?