JADI KINDRED, PMP
English Business Coach & Founder of Accent Unique Inc.
Online, virtual classes. Yes, 2020 had confirmed how connected we all are. One person becomes sick across the ocean and within months the entire world had been affected. We then go online to see what is happening live in any country we choose. We can't hide from the fact that we have moved online. Online shopping. Online dating. Online virtual conventions. Online business meetings. Online language courses.
I, like others, resist change. When I began my private language school in 2011, we were offering course at the client’s workplace. Depending on some contracts, I would have to drive 45 minutes to 1 hour to give a 2-hour class. Why? Because that is what everyone was doing. That was expected. Was it the most effective?
Once, I arrived feeling heatstroke. I was driving to one of my client’s offices and had the windows rolled down to have air because my air conditioner wasn’t working. When the traffic started, the air stopped and it was 30C+ that day, so felt like 40C+ in the car. While giving the class, I felt weak, tired, and dehydrated. The class was much more strenuous on my body than it had to be. What if, that day I was in class 100% feeling my best, not stressed or dizzy, I am sure I would have been a better teacher that day.
Another time, I was offering a group class for hotel staff. Again, that contract was 55 minutes from my home and even longer when there were winter storms and icy conditions. They asked for classes on site but weren’t really prepared for them. We would move from meeting room to meeting room setting up at least 1 table and 6 chairs for everyone. I am a visual learner and wanted everyone to see and write down the grammar rules I taught, so they found a flip chart where I went through lots of paper and markers. It was a tedious task to write every grammar point, especially with my handwriting.
I made the others keep the poster for any missing participant, just so they wouldn’t miss too much.
Then, there were the clients who preferred semi-private classes, instead of paying double for the private classes. I found two entrepreneurs, one who lived 45 minutes north of my office and the other 45 minutes south. Since they were both busy during the day, I created a night class for them. So, after a long day of work they had to drive at least 1.5 hours if all the conditions were perfect for a 2-hour English class. It was flattering for me, but not practical for them. They never complained and were so grateful for this experience, but I imagined there must have been a more efficient way to bring two business professionals together.
These are only a handful of examples since 2011, when I first started my private language school for business professionals. Now, having helped hundreds of entrepreneurs and business professionals, I have realized an even better way to teach them. A more efficient way for their busy schedules, limited time, budgets and differing levels and personalities. That is virtually!
Here’s 20 reasons why:
It’s really a win-win for everyone!
I don’t understand why some are still so resistant to this change for the better. I receive some calls where the first question people ask is if we offer in-person courses. I say that we have moved onto a 100% cloud-based virtual language school and then people hang up. They have no interest in even seeing how much better, even impressive online classes can be. Instead of staying with the old mindset of in-person classes, I would recommend you reach out to us with an open mind to try our online platform for free. The only thing you will lose a few minutes in your day, but you may gain a new understating of first your level in English and two if you would like online courses.
That is why, at Accent Unique Inc. we offer a free, zero obligation, 30-minute needs assessment call to see your current level and what you need to reach your goals.
Contact us today to request your call!