Free

I am told that if I build something and put it on the market for free, no one will use it. Customers and clients would believe that anything given freely is worthless. Even those who pick up a free item will let it sit on the shelf and never use it because they don’t have anything invested. Anything with no cost attached will never be used because it’s looked at as being inferior and worthless.

I think that’s hogwash used by some people to justify their charging of overpriced goods. I worry that if I do charge a price for specific classes, the people I wrote the course for would never be able to afford them. What good is it to write classes and then charge more than the intended user could comfortably pay.

Well, I guess I’m about to find out. Although I have a book on Kindle, and in print through Amazon, and a course on the same subject on Thinkific, I worry that the price of these will deter some needy students from what I have built specifically for them. Therefore, I’ve taken the same information and developed a five-day minicourse that can be enjoyed for free on Facebook messenger. It has a chatbot (no talking, you read what the bot is saying.) And the chatbot guides you through the course.

The course will send you a section every day for five days. Each day’s chapter will take about 20 minutes to go through, and then there’ll be some homework or research to accomplish. The course will help you to define who you are, what you want to do, and develop a roadmap to get from here to there.

At the end of the course, you should understand and have a basic plan of where you are and where you’re going. Hopefully, you have fun working with each chapter along the way. And probably you’ll learn some new things and can look at other ideas in new ways.

We are testing the course in a beta release right now. If you’re interested in taking it, please send me your email and name, and I’ll see that you get enrolled.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Trust

When we buy a candy bar, we trust it’s going to be like all the other candy bars of that type we have purchased before. When we get ready to eat the candy bar, if we open it and the chocolate is old and stale, and the creamy insides are is hard as a rock, we may throw the candy bar away. After all, it’s only a candy bar.

When we go out to a restaurant, and we order something, we trust that they will serve us what we ordered. We trust our order will be made under sanitary conditions with care and it will be edible. If we are disappointed in what is served us, we may send it back or even remove the restaurant from our places to frequent. After all, it’s only a meal.

When we order courses off the web to learn something new or to expand our horizons, we trust that we are getting what was offered in the promotion of the course. If we were told that the course was for us and could solve specific problems that we had, we trust that is what is going to happen. As we pay for that course, the results for us need to stack up to the promises made and the cost of the course. This is important because what we study and learn will influence us as we move into our future.

Some people trying to convince others that their course is valuable and essential will charge thousands of dollars for it. They have been taught and live under a belief that a course not costing thousands of dollars cannot possibly be a good course. I am not sure that is so, and in charging high prices, I am probably not going to get to teach some of the students who could really benefit from my training.

I have studied education and training most of my life. I have always both worked and volunteered in part as a trainer and a coach. I have the academic degrees to back it up. And I trust in my skill and motivation. I have no plans to charge you thousands of dollars for something when I can give you a much lower and reasonable price. Don’t get me wrong, if you feel you have to pay me thousands of dollars, okay. Yet, I would have to ask the question, why?

When you take one of my courses, I am trusting that you signed up because you really need the course, or really want the course. I trust you are going to take the course seriously, I have faith that you will do your best to learn what I am teaching. And I believe that you will use the knowledge to better yourself and/or those around you.

I am working on a real active trust and faith which I haven’t quite ironed out yet. I do hope that I can have it figured out and completed by Tuesday of next week (October 2) I will talk about this on that day whether I can accomplish it or not and I think it’s something you might want to read. If it works, it’ll be an excellent offer for you.

Until then I am trusting you will have a good day. And, I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

 

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