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Presell - The Benefits of Creating an Outline for Your Course Before You Sell It | Course Creativ

If you're thinking about selling a course, you might be wondering if it's worth taking the time to create an outline for your course before you start selling it. The answer is a resounding yes! There are several benefits to creating an outline for your course before you start promoting it and selling it to potential students.

By creating an outline, you'll be able to:

1. More easily promote your course by having a clear overview of what topics will be covered.
2. Create more targeted marketing materials that focus on the specific topics covered in your course.
3. position your course as being comprehensive and covering all the bases on a given topic.
4. Have a go-to resource to share with potential students who have questions about what your course covers.
5. Be able to price your course more accurately, since you'll have a better understanding of how much content is included.
6. Save time down the line by not having to create extensive outlines for each individual lesson within your course (although, depending on the length of your course, you may still want to do this).
7. Avoid feeling overwhelmed when it comes time to start promoting and selling your course, since you'll already have a plan in place.
8. Help ensure that your course runs smoothly once students begin taking it, since you'll have everything planned out in advance.
9. Give yourself peace of mind knowing that you've done everything you can to set your course up for success before you start promoting and selling it!

How To Create an Outline For Your Course

  1. Start by brainstorming all the topics that you want to cover in your course. Once you have a good list going, start grouping similar topics together and arrange them in an order that makes sense." For example, if you're teaching a cooking class, you might start with general tips and techniques, then move on to recipes, then dive into specific cuisine types, etc."

2. As you group and order topics," be sure to also jot down any subtopics that come to mind so that you can further break down each section later on." Once you have a preliminary grouping of                topics," it's time to start filling in the details." Begin by providing a brief overview of each main topic area."

3. Then," add additional details such as specific subtopics that will be covered and any other pertinent information." Again," as you're brainstorming and adding details," keep any related                            subtopics in mind so that later on"you can further break down each section into individual lessons." Remember - the goal here is not necessarily to have everything figured out perfectly from                the get-go (although feel free to if that works better for you!) but rather just get all of your thoughts down on paper so that later on"you can fine-tune everything as needed."

4. The final step is to take all of the information from step 2 and organize it into a more formal outline." This will likely involve breaking down each main topic area into individual lessons or                          modules, as well as further breaking down each subtopic into even smaller sections."

As you're doing this," refer back to your list from step 1"to make sure that all of the topics and subtopics you wantedto cover are included in your final outline." Once everything is accountedfor," congrats - you now have an official outline for your upcomingcourse!"

Creating an outline for your upcoming course has numerous benefits and can help ensure that your course is successful once students start taking it. The process is relatively simple - just brainstorm all the topics you want covered in your courses, group similar topics together, add details and subtopics, then organize everything into a formal outline. By taking the time to create an outline upfront,you'll save yourself time and headaches later on down the road!

 


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