It’s a bit like being a stand up comedian….you walk in and there’s some in the room that won’t look at you directly and some that look at you as if to say ‘go on then impress me!’
People don’t like change so you’ve always got an uphill battle to win them over. Below are a few notes about what it feels like from a participant point of view and some top tips to make it good.
How does a participant feel? We asked some participants this question and below there is a summary of their responses.
As a participant when I have a cover instructor there is an element of uncertainty and mistrust. You’re slightly disappointed because your normal instructor isn’t there and as such you’re not sure what you are going to get. You’ve made the effort to get to the class and you want it to be good.
The first few minutes are critical…you want to feel confident in the instructor you want to feel like they know what they are doing.
It’s important that you feel like they are confident about the class and that they are going to get you to the other end.
Top 5 tips to make it good
1) Do some research, ask the instructor you're covering for about the class level and what the class likes and does not like. If you can’t speak to the instructor speak to the venue/club. A two minute phone call will make
a big difference to you
2) Have some music on in the studio so there is a bit of atmosphere at the start (nothing worse than a silent studio…you can cut the atmosphere with a knife)
3) Be confident and enthusiastic even before the class starts, say hello to everyone as they come in. Take charge of the class …they want you to lead
4) Introduce yourself and explain the content of the class (it will make them feel like you’ve got a plan)
5) Spend a few seconds right at the start to make sure you’ve got the music and mic level right. If they can’t hear you properly you’ll lose the class very quickly
If you can pick out a couple of the more lively participants before the class starts and quietly introduce yourself and say to them ‘I’m going to ask you about the music level and class intensity will you give me a thumbs up or down to let me get it right’. That way you’re much more likely to get a response to your questions, for some reason if you ask the whole class people are reluctant to answer.
Lastly, be confident in your own abilities and enjoy the class!