Having just been hired by two stores to teach classes featuring Fit It, maybe Phil or anyone else will be interested in these thoughts...
The stores have a computer for me to use for my demo and for later demos when they sell the Fit It CDs....just like if they were going to demo a heat tool and have ones on hand to sell. That's the starting point.
I will train a staff member in each store, so they can teach when I'm not there, since I'm only available to them one day a month, by having someone from their staff sit in on my class (and then they can ask Phil or me more questions later). it seems like a good idea to have someone in the store who knows the product as well as someone to teach classes.
The copyright arrangement on the product and Phil's arrangement with teachers and stores (please step in Phil, if I've got anything wrong) is that you do three things in a class:
Also, Fit It is connected to other products, so make sure there are interesting papers and card stock and other things either included in the cost of the class or available for students to select and buy. Since people work at different speeds, this is really important. If there's only enough stuff for making one project, the faster or more experienced people need to have other materials to work with.
I'd be happy to help people develop classes or share the handouts for the ones I'm teaching, and would love to compare notes with teachers and store owners about what has been successful or what didn't work.
I'm limiting my classes to 10, but don't know yet whether it should be fewer or more people. I have a feeling a dozen is about the max for me, but I like small classes when I'm a student so I take that bias and flip it around when I'm the teacher to assume people like fewer bodies competing for the teacher's time...but this depends on the teacher and the size of the room and the length of the class...
So far I've only taught people one at a time, except for three friends who were guinea pigs in my basement (but that's where I got the part about the students jumping up and down, they LOVED it and couldn't believe how easy it was...remember, my friends are not stampers and don't do crafts, they were just being polite to see what I was so excited about).
Hope this is useful,
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