Branding Joe: Here’s a Quick Way to Create Certificate
I hope you are enjoying the freshness of this New Year. Well, as for me, things are going pretty well…
The webinars that I had conducted became really popular, flooding in more requests. This gave me the idea and opportunity to start my long-time dream of running virtual classes.
Yes! I want to start my online training program where I can train individuals in the skillful art of communication and also develop their soft-skills.
But, you cannot just start an online program, without being mindful of all the basic factors that are necessary to make those programs successful and fulfilling.
In this article, I will list down 3 factors to consider before starting an online training program.
Also, let’s not forget that a course has no soul without the prospect of being validated through a certificate. So, I will also share why providing a certificate is necessary for a course to appear convincing. Finally, I will show how I plan to generate a certificate for all my online courses via the DocHipo platform.
3 Factors for Getting Your Online Course Started
And why not!
The Internet has been a blessing…
Now, we not only get all our answers just within minutes but also have access to a world filled with profound possibilities.
We can socialize, communicate with people virtually, scout through the platform to look for potential contacts and jobs.
In fact, most businesses can be operated online without being interfered with any unwanted situation.
The best part about online platforms is that we do not have to move from one place to another. We can simply be in our pajamas, sip a nice cup of coffee, and just switch-on our digital devices.
Hence online platforms are convenient, cost-effective, and do not require extra time on transportation.
These factors make online courses the ideal choice. This is because the participant feels that he/she gains something important without compromising any aspect of his/her life.
Hence, I realized that to fulfill my dream of owning a renowned training center, I first have to be more reachable to my prospects. For that, starting with online courses is the best way.
Moreover, I also need to see how my audiences are taking the course and continue to evolve strategies that will help me to grow my business.
So, before starting an online course, there are 3 crucial factors that you have to keep in mind.
1. Choosing the Topic and Drafting the Lesson Plan
You just cannot randomly select a topic on which you want to draft a course. You must have a proper layout of the course and its lesson plans.
But before deciding on the topic, you need to ask yourself these questions:
- What are the skills/knowledge that people want to acquire? (This will help you to understand the current market demands)
- How many of the training provider companies/individuals are already providing this course?
- How can you be different from them?
- How can your course and lesson plans help people to be better than others?
- How long will your training program be?
Like in my case, my training program will be based on communication. To be more specific, a long course will include all the elements of communication, such as business communication, interpersonal communication, cross-cultural communication, and so on. But, a short course will have these courses in its separate component.
Since I am planning to provide short courses, I will start with Business Communication (as this course is in demand). Moreover, I feel that my target audience wants to acquire a skill quickly and might not want to enroll in a long-term program.
Many of my competitors are already providing this course. So to be different and more effective, I plan to include some extra lessons and training that they do not provide. At least the first aspect of my communication training program is to scrape away the psychological barriers that hinder flawless communication.
2. Presenting Yourself in the Online Platform
This is a very crucial aspect.
With many online platforms booming their way into being included within any corporate work process, it is important to choose the right one that will satisfy your purpose.
Some of the commonly used platforms are Zoom, Google Duo, Skype, etc. From them choose one particular platform, which will fulfill your purpose.
Once you have chosen your stage, you have to start thinking about how you can appear in a more clear and engaging manner. That includes your body language, voice modulation, and a little humor.
Presenting your course online is not an easy job, as you cannot gauge whether your participants are enjoying it or they are getting bored.
Physical classrooms always allow you as a trainer to observe the reactions and work on your presentation accordingly. But with online platforms, this might be difficult.
So you have to construct a well-laid out plan that will make sure that your lessons are well understood and your students enjoy your sessions.
This is important as it will attract more participants who got recommended by your x-participants.
3. Marketing Strategies
When you’re clear with the nitty-gritty of your online course, you can start strategizing your marketing plan.
To begin with, Social media platforms serve to be the best space for these marketing strategies. Being extensively used by audiences worldwide, your advertisements have a greater chance to be viewed by a large group of audiences. This increases the probability of prospects to enroll in your course.
Studies have suggested that Social Media impression numbers are at a rise of 20% every year. This indicates that advertisements on social media have a good chance of being considered by audiences.
So, whether you plan to post advertisements on Facebook or Instagram or any other social media platform, you can expect to get a good outcome from this investment.
Now the next step to market your course properly is to draft out the right content that you will let out into the global audience.
The rule of this is to be honest and clear about your program. People value honesty and would love to invest in something that can win their trust. Clearly lay out the objective of this course and its lesson plans. Also, make sure that you are very neat about the financial aspects. Sudden financial surprises can totally take away the charm of your program.
The best way you can market your program is by proposing a free demo class, where the interested client can attend the first session without committing anything.
If he/she likes that class, then they can enroll themselves in the next batch.
This will keep on projecting a very professional yet considerate attitude, luring in more participants.
Finally, everyone wants a document that can validate their acquired skill. So providing certificates and mentioning them in your advertisements is a must!
Importance of certificate
Certificates are everything!
In most cases, people often complete a course to obtain a certificate that will enhance their eligibility. Certificates are like visible proofs of legitimizing your obtained skill.
Also, a certificate gives you a feeling of accomplishment, which boosts your confidence and makes you believe in yourself.
So it has more profound relevancy than just qualifying you in certain executive positions.
Now, when your course starts to provide a certificate that is well-recognized by professional bodies, then that online course automatically gains popularity.
Also, it is important to make sure that your certificate looks good. A stunning looking certificate enhances its overall purpose. At the same time, your document design needs to sync with your course theme.
Honestly, I do not have to worry about my certificate looking brilliantly awesome! Because I am a Pro member of DocHipo.
Yes…with DocHipo acing my designs for me, I am completely relaxed with the way my certificate is going to look.
At DocHipo you will get certificate templates based on different themes, all uniquely designed.
Let me show you one certificate template from each category.
Check this awesome Academic certificate template designs:
If you have to create a certificate to appreciate an outstanding participant, you can use this one:
Check this certificate that awards an achievement:
You will also get certificate templates related to the course completion:
If you are providing a Diploma course, even then you can get wonderful certificate templates:
If you want to appreciate an employee’s performance via a certificate, then how about this one:
DocHipo also has certificate templates related to talent recognitions:
If you own a big institute or a School, then you can award a certificate like this:
If you own a sports institute, then this certificate template is perfect:
How to generate a certificate in a Minute
You read that right!
With DocHipo by your side, you can generate a certificate within a minute.
All you have to do is to Sign up for DocHipo, then follow these 3 simple steps.
Log in to DocHipo and enter its charming landing page.
There you can either type “Certificate” on the search bar, or click the option “Certificate” under the widget “General Purpose” situated on the left panel.
When you do that, you will navigate to the document templates page, which will showcase a series of vibrant template designs:
Click the certificate template that resonates with your training program.
When you choose your certificate template, you will get redirected to the Document page.
Here most of the information will be auto-populated, which you can alter. You can also add a little description that will help you to work with the document better:
After you click “Next”, you will get redirected to DocHipo’s Editor:
Now, you just need to edit the texts. You can also change the color and add or delete any design element as well:
This is super easy and can be used even by a non-designer.
Now, just download it.
Click the three-dotted button on the top right corner. A list of options will appear from where you have to choose, “Download”.
A box will flash-up, where you can select the file type (PNG/PDF) and the document Quality (Normal/Medium/High). It is always recommended that you choose the High quality if you want to print the document:
This is how my downloaded course certificate will look like:
If you want to know more then check this video out:
I am really excited to start my course as this will not only be a learning experience for my participants but also for me.
After I properly set up all the factors needed to establish a successful communication training program, I shall begin to venture out into this world of knowledge sharing and constant learning.
As for my creative needs, I have DocHipo with me always.
DocHipo is my design best friend that holds my hand whenever I need creative support.
Try out yourself and you will also get your creative pal for life.
I would like to remind you that DocHipo is offering a 40% OFF launch discount for the first year on the Pro Plan! This offer is available for a limited time (Offer ends 11:59 pm UTC 31 Jan 2021), and I don’t want you to miss this! To redeem this offer, use coupon code LAUNCH40 at checkout.
Being a Pro member I have facilities that keep on helping me to work flawlessly. So, if you want to leverage your business to the next level with amazing template designs then avail of the Pro Plan.
You just have 15 days left…
Until then see you next time.