In this latest interview, I speak to Gabby Wallace about teaching online.
Gabby has a very successful YouTube channel, co-founded a popular podcast, and has created various online courses for her English learners.
We discuss the above and much more in our interview below. Hope you enjoy it:
What We Discussed
We started off talking about our mastermind group. Now, a mastermind group is where you meet either online or in-person to brainstorm, share your successes and failures, give advice, share resources, and give each other support.
“For me, it’s been really motivating and it’s held me accountable too.”
Like Gabby said, it’s about collaboration, not competition, and we both recommend finding people who have something in common with you if you want to start your own mastermind group.
Gabby has been teaching language for over ten years in many different settings and age groups. About five years ago, she picked up a copy of The Four Hour Work Week, read other entrepreneurial books, and liked the idea of moving online and helping more people.
But before all that, she started making short videos that answered the questions she had in the classroom, and uploaded the videos to YouTube.
There was no business plan at this point, but she started receiving positive feedback, and made more videos. YouTube has now become a focus for her online teaching business (driving people to her website and to continue learning with her).
She was a little self-conscious and worried about putting herself out there at first, but it’s something she has got used to.
Gabby has also had a lot of experience with podcasting and has been very successful in this area. She was the co-founder of All Ears English. It was, and still is, hugely popular. But after a year or so, Gabby started her own podcast and concentrated all her efforts on her own brand.
Before starting the first podcast, Gabby admitted that she had never listened to one before. There were a lot of things that she had to figure out to get things going, but once she had gone through this process once, she knew exactly what to do the second time.
After creating around 100 videos on her YouTube platform, she posted her first course on Udemy. This year, she posted a new course on her own site, which is solely video based. She has a total of six courses with a new one on the way.
Just like Stephen, Gabby listens to her learners and creates her courses based on the feedback she gets.
In the past, Gabby couldn’t get things to work on her own platform, but changing the software she used made a big difference. When creating her courses, Gabby sets a deadline, pre-sells the course, and then gets the material out there.
Here are some links to her social platforms:
Thanks Gabby for sharing your story with us!
Over to You
Did you enjoy the interview?
Please comment/ask questions on anything we discussed. Gabby and I will respond to any questions you have.