The start of the class sets the tone for your participants. This is one of the most important parts of a good class and unfortunately most people suck at it! When you deliver a great introduction, participants get a sense of who you are and what to expect from the class.
How do you introduce normally yourself to a new class?
What do you do?
What do you say?
How do participants respond?
Based on years of research and experience training new instructors, here are some keys to introducing yourself
- Practice your self-introduction in advance. Use a mirror, film yourself and/or try it in front of someone you trust. This may not be comfortable, but will pay off in the long run
- Arrive early and do your best to connect with a few people in the reception area before they walk into the room
- Before you walk in, tell yourself you’re ready and will do a great introduction
- Walk into the room with energy, confidence and a smile on your face
- When you walk in, position yourself so everyone can see you
- Place your hands on your hips, behind your back or hold a prop. Don’t fiddle with your clothing or cross your arms over your chest
- Keep your head up and look above eye level. Keep smiling!
- Wait until everyone settles so they can hear you
- Make participants feel welcome
- Don’t brag about yourself and your accomplishments
- The introduction is about the participants, so let them know what you’ll do for them