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?
You already have some great suggestions here. All I would add is be yourself and keep in mind that your personality, teaching style and experience might actually bring in or back people who either didn’t like the previous instructor or they would love to try something new. Once you start teaching the class you can always adjust to the needs of the class if needed. Look at it as an opportunity to grow your business and get your name out there. You might be the missing link to a great and more fun class!