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?
this is really an unfortunate situation that the club places you in. Why on earth will you have to be the one who tells the members that a well-liked instructor has left?
Well, be that what it may, you’ll be teaching the classes, and some people will be disappointed. Have you ever taken any of her classes?
After having introduced myself, I would say that your style may be different from the one of the old instructor, but that you encourage feedback on what they like and maybe not and that you ask for a chance to get to know you.
Ultimately, they don’t have a choice. You are it but it may make the transition easier when the members feel as if they have some input.