I began teaching Pilates workshops my first year as a Pilates teacher! Looking back that is crazy to me, and actually, I should be more specific. I have been teaching Pilates business workshops after teaching Pilates for six months. This trip down memory lane prompted after reading one of the inquiries in my inbox.
A fellow Pilates instructor was interested in how to get started teaching workshops. She wanted to know how does one get asked to present Pilates workshops? She’s got some great ideas and is waiting for people to ask her to present them.
Truthfully, I don’t know the magic recipe for getting asked to present. But, something I think is essential to talk about is that one should never wait for an invitation to do the thing they want to do.
In my course on “Rates and Revenue Streams,” one building block of income can be workshops. If you want to be teaching Pilates workshops then you should start with these:
- Decide what you want your Pilates workshop to be on
- Create your workshop
- Invite people to come to your workshop
- Present it for the first time.
- Get feedback
- Self critique
- Adjust, correct, add, delete and repeat the workshop again
I am a woo-woo girl! My friends know that I enjoy a good new moon and full moon party. I love manifesting and doing vision boards. But, all the manifesting in the world won’t get your Pilates workshop in front of teachers if you don’t start with the steps above. One of the best ways to also discover your workshop calling is to go back to who you are as a teacher, whom you are for and what you offer. You can use the same information discovered in our Becoming Known course.
There is much more that goes into presenting a workshop then the steps above. I don’t want to belittle the process that myself and other instructors go through. But, I also don’t want to overwhelm you when you are first starting out.
As you begin the steps above keep in mind a few questions:
- What unique ideas are you bringing to the topic
- Who is your Pilates workshop for?
- Why should they come?
- What do you want them to take away?
And, another reason why creating and presenting a Pilates workshop requires more than manifestation is the actual presenting part. Yes, you rock a Pilates session and class. You can see what a body needs and you have the magic touch. Your energy is contagious, and your schedule is filled. You have something to say! But, have you practiced public speaking? Getting up in front of your clients and even friends is comfortable. They know you and your idioms. But, getting up in front of a group of instructors that you may not know is a different ball game.
Try these tips for getting ready:
- Videotape yourself
- Present to your friends
- Ask them for feedback
- Have your friends present workshops in your space
- Team up!
The ability to give a workshop that keeps people engaged, makes everyone in the room feel welcomed and leaves people ready to try out what you taught is something that comes with practice and time. Not time thinking about it but time doing it.
Manifesting will help you think about what you want to do, how you want it to go and keep your mind’s eye on your goals. But, manifesting cannot do the work to create the workshop. It cannot teach it for you.
If you are being called to present a workshop, then follow that voice. You don’t have to have the answers right away. In fact, in the beginning, you may merely be manifesting. But, if you have had “present a workshop” on your list for awhile and you’re just waiting for the invitation to present here it is. I am inviting you to create the workshop that is inside you. I want to hear what it is, I want you to share it with your Pilates friends, and I want you to find a time to present it. My first workshop on “converting first-time clients” is massively different today than it was almost ten years ago. I started it with a small group, presented it, refined it and presented it again, and again, and each time I get better and better.
So, what workshop is inside you?
Who is it for?
Why should they take it?
What do you want to share?