New Home Forums Course Ideas & Outlines My Freebie Outline…… Does it interest you? Why or Why Not?

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  • #32574

    Chris Gilmour
    Adventurer
    @ChrisG

    Ok, this is draft #2 for my freebie course.

    I deleted the original post (by editing it) and this is my next draft integrating the first few comments in the thread.

    I have also posted my 2nd draft for my full course and would greatly appreciate your feedback on it when you have a moment or 2 – https://thegreatecourseadventure.com/campfires/topic/my-2nd-first-draft-feedback-appreciated/

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    This FREE mini-course makes preparing for the unexpected simple and straightforward.

    Concerned about climate change? This is a fun, optimistic and easy to integrate (even when your ultra busy) approach to being prepared for a changing world and unexpected emergencies.

    Are you a parent? Sleep easy and feel good that you know how to keep your children safe from certain unexpected situations.

    Would you prefer a positive & optimistic approach? These can be serious topics but they don’t have to be stressful. Preparedness should be educational and enjoyable!

    Complete the lessons, by yourself, with your friends or the whole family (kids included!)

    Course Outline:

    Day 1 – What do Jason Bourne & Katniss Everdeen Have in Common? –  Situational Awareness & Awesome Skills!

    Day 2 – An Almost Invincible Home – 30 minutes to a safer home

    Day 3 – Preparedness Can Be Fun! – An improvised flashlight from under the kitchen sink

    Day 4 – Expect the Unexpected – Make a quick and easy emergency kit

    Day 5 – No Phones, No Problem – Imagine not being able to contact your loved ones in an emergency? Create a simple communications strategy for if  you are separated  or the phones go down.

     

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    #32582

    Bradley Morris
    Mountain Guide
    @bradleytmorris

    Hey Brother, pumped to see you moving in this direction. I’m gonna share my gut instincts, which have zero scientific backing. so take what resonates and leave the rest…

    1. I felt like 7 days was too much (that was my first thing). I felt like five would be better. (no reason why – just first thought). Could you deliver the transformation in less days?

    2. I wasn’t clear on the EXACT transformation. Is this so that my family and I are fully prepared for an emergency? Refine the SPECIFIC purpose down to as few words as possible.

    3. I like # 2 and 3. I think #4 can be demonstrated in how you deliver it and as a part of your core message. Perhaps by incorporating games and challenges. Does it really need a day? I like #6.

    4. Number 7 (the quiz) feels like it’s a follow up piece, that leads them into your paid offering. I’m not sure it needs to be a part of the lessons…

    5. I’d like to see the 7 benefits you listed whittled down to 3-5 benefits that are clearer and more concise.

    6. All in all, i love it and am pumped to sign up. Those were the immediate things that jumped out at my brain that need to be improved (in my opinion).

    #32585

    Lorraine Watson
    Adventurer
    @lorrainewatson

    Chris @chrisg – my gut feel is this is a big first bite and would make an excellent in between course … between your freebie and full program.

    What really jumped out at me was “Preparedness Can Be Fun! – An improvised flashlight from under the kitchen sink”.  How could you turn your whole 7 day outline here into a 5 Day Challenge as a freebie? I’d likely sign up for that without thinking.

    I can see incorporating bits and pieces of the what you had planned above but make them easy wins in a fun environment. You’d have momentum to build on for the next step and leverage people’s enthusiasm to keep going.

    #32602

    Bradley Morris
    Mountain Guide
    @bradleytmorris

    I like that idea Lorraine.

    Chris, I’m curious if some of those ideas could be mini courses in themselves. Remember the idea of keeping each lesson simple, bite-sized and doable. One CTA (call to action) per exercise, so they feel like they’re making consistent progress.

    Just curious, for each of those lessons how many steps and lessons within the lesson there could potentially be?

    For Example:

    Making the flashlight:

    Lesson 1: Why this matters and how this could be crucial if there were an emergency

    Lesson 2: Get your tools and supplies

    Lesson 3: Build your flashlight

    Lesson 4: Teach a friend

    Or something like that. Instead of 1 video, it’s four shorter videos, each with a different step.

    I could see mini courses being HUGE for you and WAY easier to create.

    What are your thoughts on what Lorraine and I have shared so far?

     

    #32610

    Bobbie Jo Van Den Plas
    Adventurer
    @bobbiejo

    GREAT stuff, Chris! Super exciting!!

    I love the feedback you’ve received so far from Bradley & Lorraine!!

    I agree- if it can be shorter? For me it feels like such a big thing, that I may be overwhelmed with doing so much (even if they are made simple, I personally feel like it’s a lot of steps- but that’s just my opinion. Side Note: This is something I am learning here and working on too. I had something that was 17 steps! HA! Being here shined a light on that one for me.).

    I agree that you could have many mini courses within here (which is awesome!!). Could the first day, be kind of an intro- making it more light and fun and showing people why they’d want the free course? (I know it’s all serious stuff, but a way to engage in a ‘I want to do this (and feel I can)’ versus a ‘I really should do this’.)

    These are the ones that really jumped out at me:

    Day 4 – Preparedness Can Be Fun! – An improvised flashlight from under the kitchen sink

    Day 6 – What do Jason Bourne, Katniss Everdeen & Batman All Share? – Emergency Decision Making & Situational Awareness

    I believe all of the days are great and necessary things for us to know. I think these jumped out at me, because it makes it feel more like a fun, creative adventure. I’d like to feel more like Katniss Everdeen getting prepared to protect my loved ones. 😉

    So perhaps like Bradley and Lorraine said, even just the flashlight could be your freebie. It would show how it can be enjoyable preparing your family, as well as get to know your awesome personality. Then show the next steps they can sign up to do?

    Day 5 – Keeping Everyone Safe – Emergency kits are little work yet huge PEACE OF MIND

    Perhaps with wording for me, things like: Make a quick and easy emergency kit. would jump out at me more. I think because of life being busy, anytime you can say something that is necessary is ‘quick, easy and fun’ to do is more doable for me.

    Day 2 – No Need for Extra Worry – How to communicate with the people you care about in emergencies or if the phones go down

    No phones? No problem! -Ways you can easily communicate with loved ones in an emergency.

    Again, these are just my thoughts. Listen to your heart.

    You’ve got so much awesomeness to share here!! Very excited to see it all unfold! This will help so many!!! And just by watching your intro video, I can see your personality and passion make you the perfect person for this!!!! Very inspiring all you’ve done and all you know and how you are putting this all together!! Life changing and saving! GREAT WORK! (insert loud applause and cheering here)

    #32617

    Lorraine Watson
    Adventurer
    @lorrainewatson

    Throwing my nickel back in here …

    I can see these creating a 5 Day Challenge so at the end of the five days through the challenges you actually can see the progression building of having these things made or in place. Have people share a picture each day of their growing kit.

    Day 1 – No Phones, No Problem – Keep talking when the phones go down (yes, cell phones too)

    Day 2– Expect the Unexpected – Basic tools & know how to deal with the unpredictable

    Day 3 – Let There Be Light – Build a flashlight from your kitchen sink

    Day 4 – Keeping Everyone Safe – Emergency kit essentials [bare minimum so you can build on it later in the next course]

    Day 5 – Channel Your Inner Jason Bourne – Decision making & situational awareness in emergencies

     

    For the other two items:

    Day 1 – How the Next 1 – 10 Years of Climate Change Will Affect YOUR Life

    – I would rather see this information to be woven into the material across the five days than one specific chunk

    Day 7 – The Changing World Challenge – Test Your Knowledge & Make Your Next Move

    – This could be done at the end of Day 5 or sent as a follow up email. I’d be bummed out thinking I had to take a test at the end of it because it feels like a pass or fail. But I would be interested in something that confirmed how much I had learned. A quiz could work really well here and be fun. Have you seen Deanna’s thread ( @teenlaunchacademy ) on creating a type sorting quiz? You could create 4-5 categories reflecting the degree of preparedness or know how and then ask questions in a quiz format so at the end they get some sort of ranking and profile description.

     

    I wouldn’t be as interested in mini-courses because they would feel more like separate items that I could look up should I ever need those items / know how. With a challenge type context I feel more like I’m building towards something that is greater than each day individually.

    #32624

    Chris Gilmour
    Adventurer
    @ChrisG

    Hey Loraine, Bobbi & Bradley,

    Great thoughts from all 3 of you. My initial instinct was a 5-day course so consider that one done. I like thoughts on lightning up the theme/language a little bit and focusing on fun and easy. I know the headings sound big but I do see these as being for short videos ( 5 min) with an actionable item for each one. Yes, they could all be mini courses, I planned on my bigger course going into more detail on all these topics thus the free course foreshadows the larger course. I may consider breaking my full course into shorter sections, I will wait to get some feedback on it first though.

    Ok, back to the drawing board, I’ll repost shortly.

    #32627

    Chris Gilmour
    Adventurer
    @ChrisG

    Ok, Here are some edits based on the first few comments. I also edited the original post at the top so anyone just joining this thread gives feedback on the latest version instead of the old one

    I have also posted my second draft of the full course and would greatly appreciate your feedback on it as well – https://thegreatecourseadventure.com/campfires/topic/my-2nd-first-draft-feedback-appreciated/

    ______________________________________________________________________________

    This FREE mini-course makes preparing for the unexpected simple and straightforward.

    Concerned about climate change? This is a fun, optimistic and easy to integrate (even when your ultra busy) approach to being prepared for a changing world and unexpected emergencies.

    Are you a parent? Sleep easy and feel good that you know how to keep your children safe from certain unexpected situations.

    Would you prefer a positive & optimistic approach? These can be serious topics but they don’t have to be stressful. Preparedness should be educational and enjoyable!

    Complete the lessons, by yourself, with your friends or the whole family (kids included!)

    Course Outline:

    Day 1 – What do Jason Bourne & Katniss Everdeen Have in Common? –  Situational Awareness & Awesome Skills!

    Day 2 – An Almost Invincible Home – 30 minutes to a safer home

    Day 3 – Preparedness Can Be Fun! – An improvised flashlight from under the kitchen sink

    Day 4 – Expect the Unexpected – Make a quick and easy emergency kit

    Day 5 – No Phones, No Problem – Imagine not being able to contact your loved ones in an emergency? Create a simple communications strategy for if you are separated  or the phones go down.

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    #32639

    Bobbie Jo Van Den Plas
    Adventurer
    @bobbiejo

    I like it Chris!!! Seems very simple and doable!! Awesome! Love the ’20 minutes to a safer home.’ That really shows how it doesn’t take much time to keep your family safe. Also love how you mention it can be done with family too. What a fun project to make a flashlight with the kids!! These are all easy to read and digest and understand!! Great job!!

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