I have been approached to teach 2 classes each week as a result of an instructor leaving the facility and I’ve accepted and will be teaching starting next week. This instructor who left was with the facility for many years and is well-liked by the members who attend these classes. I anticipate some disappointed faces and – possibly – some lower attendance. None of them know the instructor has left and they will be finding out from me. Any advice on how to handle this in general / how to introduce myself proactively at the start of the first few classes?
Hi Cristin. My advice: be upbeat, friendly and welcoming. Don’t EXPECT disappointment from the class members or they may sense that and exhibit it. Instead expect that they will love YOUR class, adjust to your style and embrace it. There’s a lot to be said that ‘we get back from others what we give out,” so go in there with energy and the expectation of a great class. See this as an ‘opportunity’ to give the class participants something new and different!
You will shine, and your class participants will come to see that!
Have fun 🙂