Connection Within the Virtual World
As SharQui instructors, we can get caught up learning or creating choreography, choosing music, cueing and all that jazz. While all these are important, we can’t lose sight of the overall picture and sometimes miss the opportunity to connect with your people.
Think about the reasons why people choose to work out and dance with us, and what keeps them coming back. While some come for the sweat and others enjoy the choreography, some may come for the social support and group interaction. So, use the time before, during and after class to connect with participants, create personal relationships and try to make everyone feel part of the “family.”
Here are some of my tips to help build a supportive class community that will motivate, increase engagement with each other, and maintain class retention.
Before class arrive at least 10 minutes early. This not only important for you to prep your space, test your digital device and audio, but it also gives you the opportunity to get to know your students. This is YOUR chance to make a great first impression for the new peeps and a lasting impact on your “regulars”.
Coming to a class for the first time can be intimidating, so introduce yourself to the newbies, explain the format, and connect them. This is their first interaction and may determine whether they come back, so make it count!
This meet and greet is just the first part. Go even further by learning about their fitness goals and have them share why they decided to come. When you do this, it shows you have a vested interest in their success, and it can also help you tailor the class to meet their needs too.
Names, names and more names! Participants LOVE it when you make an effort to remember their “real” names other than those listed as “(Someone’s) Ipad”, or even their initials. It totally makes them feel super special because you took that extra effort to remember when it’s not obvious.
During class, use the time to give positive comments or give a virtual “high-five”. Go to your device and interact by “working the virtual room”. It’s always nice to see a smile on their face when you say…”Great job [name]”.
After class, people love it when you close it with a thank you, asking how they feel and questions from them. They simply feel heard and most importantly, cared for.
Let me know how I can help you in the virtual world!
Instruct & Inspire,