Finish Your Damn Course! Course, Community, and Coaching with Janelle Allen
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It's time to exit the planning stage.

Tired of putting off your course? Finish Your Damn Course will help you create your online course in 10 weeks.

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You keep putting your plans on hold

You tell yourself you'll create your course 'someday.' 

But the longer you wait for 'someday,' the longer you feel stuck:

  • Stuck in the planning stage
  • Stuck with a business model that doesn't scale 
  • Stuck trying to piece together your course with free webinars and podcasts  


Look, you're smart and you have marketable expertise. It's time to get out of this cycle and finish your damn course.

Enter overwhelm

That sounds like a great idea, but the truth is you're feeling overwhelmed, alone, and more than a little frustrated. All of the 'gurus' told you creating a course was easy as pie.

What they didn't tell you was they have a team on-hand to make the damn pie.

But you? You're doing this solo, while managing clients, family, and a slightly unhealthy relationship with Netflix (hey, no judgment).

Meanwhile, your online course vision keeps drifting further and further away from reality...

There's a better way 

What if instead of feeling overwhelmed, you had a roadmap to guide you from validation to launch? 

What if instead of feeling alone, you had a community of peers to connect with?

What if instead of googling your online course questions, you could get answers from a real person?

You can.

You just have to let go of the DIY-mindset. Because to truly level up, you have to try something different.

Finish Your Damn Course! is the roadmap you've been looking for. 

Finish Your Damn Course! (FYDC) is a 10-week guided program that gives you a roadmap for creating (or improving) your online course using proven Instructional Design principles.  

Unlike other programs, FYDC will teach you how to validate and create a course that's focused on meaningful transformation--not just marketing fluff.  

But marketing is important too. So you'll also learn how to apply marketing principles to plan and pre-sell your course.  

All of this is wrapped in a hybrid format that includes self-paced curriculum & live sessions with me.

Course Outline

Mission 1 - Define Your Learner

We kick off the course with research to pre-validate your idea (or pivot). 

During this Mission, you will research your learners’ needs, survey your audience to clarify your course idea.

Mission 2 - Validate Your Assumptions

Next, you'll finish pre-validating by interviewing potential customers. 

During this Mission, you will interview people in your audience, identify your target learner, and determine their true needs.

Wrap Week - Create Your Learner Profile

This is a bonus week for you to 'wrap-up' any unfinished work. During this week, you will also refine your learner profile so you'll have a clear picture of your target customer, what they want to learn, and how to market to them.

Mission 3 - Outline Your Course

During this Mission, you will define your course goal, apply Backwards Design to outline your content, map your Learner Journey, and create your course outline

Mission 4 - Plan Your Pre-Sale

This Mission is all about planning your pre-sale. During this Mission, you will finalize your offer, create your launch timeline, write your email sequences, and create your launch content.

Mission 5 - Launch Your Course

In this Mission, you will create your landing page, test your shopping cart and launch your pre-sale! 

This Mission is intentionally light to give you time to catch up.

Wrap Week - Pre-Sell Your Course!

This is a bonus week for you to 'wrap-up' any unfinished work. Launching is a lot of work, you'll need the extra time to tie up loose ends. 

Mission 6 - Prepare to Teach!

In this Mission, you'll create the content for your live pilot, whether it's a 2-day workshop or a full-length course. Then you'll kick things off with your new students! 

What You'll Get

Live group calls

Bi-weekly live 90-minute Office Hours via Zoom (we'll pick a time based on the group’s availability). These will be recorded so you can access them at a later time

Slack community

A private Slack channel that gives you direct access to me and a place to connect with other course creators 

(long live the old Slack logo!)

Worksheets

Digital and downloadable worksheets to help you apply the material 

Sales page review

Every student gets one (1) sales page review with feedback

Templates

Gain access to swipe copy and framewoks that you can use to create your surveys, emails, and more.

Access from anywhere

Get lifetime access to the self-paced curriculum in Thinkific. All lessons are desktop, mobile and tablet-friendly.

Janelle is the real deal. Her program helped me create and launch my first online course with actual paying students. Before working with her, having an online course was just something I kept attempting at but feeling stuck. Her podcast brought me closer and closer, but the group program gave me the structure, mentorship, and Janelle taught me important foundations in instructional design. Now I'm in the middle of delivering on promise to students and instead of shutting down on camera I feel confident knowing that I've designed real outcomes for my students. Seriously, even if you're already making online courses take a moment and learn from Janelle.

Ryan Clover-Owens - Maple Creative

-Ryan Clover-Owens, web designer + founder, Maple Creative

Choose Your Preferred Plan

PRO

$1497

  • 7 LIVE Work Sessions with Janelle to work through the curriculum & answer questions
  • 3 'Wrap Weeks' for you to catch up if you fall behind
  • Videos to teach you the concepts you need to succeed
  • Assignments & worksheets to help you apply the Instructional Design principles to your course 
  • Access to a private Slack community 
  • One (1) sales page review to make sure you're ready to launch
  • Free copy of Price it Perfect, to help you price your online course ($97 value)
  • Two 45-min 1-on-1 coaching sessions with Janelle to create a game plan for your course ($500 value)
  • Bonus! Marketing copy and a sales page template for you to swipe
Buy for $1497

PREMIUM

$1997

  • 7 LIVE Work Sessions with Janelle to work through the curriculum & answer questions
  • 3 'Wrap Weeks' for you to catch up if you fall behind
  • Videos to teach you the concepts you need to succeed
  • Assignments & worksheets to help you apply the Instructional Design principles to your course 
  • Access to a private Slack community 
  • One (1) sales page review to make sure you're ready to launch
  • Free copy of Price it Perfect, to help you price your online course ($97 value)
  • Two 45-min 1-on-1 coaching sessions with Janelle to create a game plan for your course ($500 value)
  • Bonus! Marketing copy and a sales page template for you to swipe

What happens after you click the buy button

  • YOU GET SENT TO THINKIFIC TO PAY  
  • YOU'LL GET A CONFIRMATION EMAIL IN YOUR INBOX  
  • WE START ON SEPTEMBER 3rd 

Don't miss out. Registration closes soon.

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How I've used this process for myself...and clients

Hi I'm Janelle Allen. This is the story of how I used the exact process taught in Finish Your Damn Course! to get unstuck and launch courses faster and leaner.

When I started Zen Courses in 2016 I had no idea what I was in for. See, as an Instructional Designer, I was used to creating courses for colleges and corporations.

But creating courses to sell? Not so much.

First, I tried to build my own self-paced courses. I sold a decent number, but there was no way to tell if students were getting results. Plus, if I'm honest, I wasn't a natural marketer. I never felt like I truly understood how all the pieces fit together: Instructional Design, marketing, launching...*sigh*

Eventually, I shut down my self-paced courses and focused on working with clients who already had their marketing dialed in.

After about a year, something clicked. For one, I got better at marketing. Secondly, I began to develop my own process for creating online courses for entrepreneurs. 

So what next?

I knew I didn't want to create any new self-paced courses (I loved interacting w/ students). Around the same time, I started getting inquiries from people about a group program. Thus, Finish Your Damn Course! was born.

The process you'll learn in FYDC is the exact process I use to launch a new course. It not only draws on my experience launching profitable courses for myself, but also creating courses with my clients using Instructional Design principles.

I love teaching this program and hope to see you inside.

"Before Janelle’s course, I had a lot of ideas for creating my own online course. I would start writing one, and then get stuck due to self-doubt, lack of information, procrastination, etc. I knew this was something I wouldn’t soon achieve on my own. I was looking at different course creators and comparing them, and luckily happened upon Janelle. I knew right away that she was the teacher for me because of her experience with instructional design, her methodical approach; and how her course was research-based and focused on students getting results. Thanks to FYDC and Janelle, I now have a course that has been validated by my audience, and I know how to repeat the process."

Victoria Stith

-Victoria Stith, therapist & professor, Open Sky Mind

Who This Course is For:

  • You want to turn your process into a course or improve an existing one
  • You have a business or skill that generates revenue
  • You have an email list OR network of at least 150 people who you're willing to market to
  • You want to be challenged and get out of your comfort zone
  • You need help figuring out how to organize and develop your content
  • You want to learn how to validate and market your course
  • You want to join a community that holds you accountable
  • You're ready to roll up your sleeves and get to work

Who This Course is NOT For:

  • You don't have an email list, client base, or audience
  • You want to create a course as a 'get rich quick' scheme 
  • You don't want to market or talk to your audience 
  • You'd rather focus on perfection than action
  • You're not willing to get out of your comfort zone, stop procrastinating, etc.
  • You're holding on to self-limiting beliefs

Choose Your Preferred Plan

PRO

$1497

  • 7 LIVE Work Sessions with Janelle to work through the curriculum & answer questions
  • 3 Wrap Weeks for you to catch up if you fall behind
  • Video lessons to teach you the concepts you need to succeed
  • Assignments & worksheets to help you apply the Instructional Design principles to your course 
  • Access to a private Slack community 
  • One (1) sales page review to make sure you're ready to launch
  • Free copy of Price it Perfect, to help you price your online course ($97 value)
  • Two 45-min 1-on-1 coaching sessions with Janelle to create a game plan for your course ($500 value)
  • Bonus! Marketing scripts and sales page template for you to swipe

PREMIUM

$1997

  • 7 LIVE Work Sessions with Janelle to work through the curriculum & answer questions
  • 3 Wrap Weeks for you to catch up if you fall behind
  • Video lessons to teach you the concepts you need to succeed
  • Assignments & worksheets to help you apply the Instructional Design principles to your course 
  • Access to a private Slack community 
  • One (1) sales page review to make sure you're ready to launch
  • Free copy of Price it Perfect, to help you price your online course ($97 value)
  • Two 45-min 1-on-1 coaching sessions with Janelle to create a game plan for your course ($500 value)
  • Bonus! Marketing scripts and sales page template for you to swipe

What happens after you click the buy button

  • YOU GET SENT TO THINKIFIC TO PAY  
  • YOU'LL GET A CONFIRMATION EMAIL IN YOUR INBOX  
  • WE START ON SEPTEMBER 3rd 

Don't miss out! Registration closes soon.

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What did I like most about FYDC? The attention to detail in terms of course structure. The clear communication of expectations around participation. The warm yet professional dynamic that was created and facilitated by Janelle. The hands on, down and dirty details re: creating our course content - with all resources referenced. The live calls which gave us the forum to get immediate feedback. Best practice instructional design. Everything.

Kirstie O'Sullivan

-Kirstie O'Sullivan, actor & voice coach, The Voice Practice

Janelle's experience in course building is strong, and the support/feedback you get goes beyond what any self-paced course can do. Check out her blog and you can see it there. Look at her podcast and all the knowledge she has gained talking to course creators for such a sustained period of time. No doubt she will guide you well (if you are ready to be guided). She is a pro at instructional design, and also has marketing and digital chops. You want both.

Hal Zeitlin

-Hal Zeitlin, President, Zeitlin Media

FAQs

When does the program start and finish?

The first run of the program starts the week of September 2 and runs for 10 weeks (approx. 7 weeks of content, plus 3 independent work weeks). 

How long will I have access?  

You’ll get lifetime access to all of the course material including all lessons and templates, as well as lifetime access to the private community. If I ever add/change content or resources, you'll get acces to that too.

When will the live sessions be held? 

On Tuesdays. (I'll poll the group to pick a time that works best for everyone).  

What if I can't make the live sessions?

The live sessions will be held weekly. They will also be recorded, so if you can't make a session you can replay it at your convenience.  

I have an existing course that I want to improve. Will the program be too basic for me?

Nope! This program is for course creators in what I call the "growth" stage: you have a course idea and an audience (or network) to sell to but you need help finishing your course. "Finishing" can mean launching your first course or applying the structure to take your existing course to the next level.  

Do I need an email list to join this program?

Yes. Here's why: you'll learn key validation and launch strategies that work best with an active list of at least 150 people. If you don't have an email list, you'll need an existing client base or network you are actively engaged with and can market to. If you aren't there right now, your #1 focus should be listbuilding.  

Does this program cover Instructional Design??

Yes. I’ll show you how to apply Backwards Design to create a course that gets results. You'll also learn advanced strategies like how to increase engagement in your course, choose the right activities, and how to make your content more actionable.  

Will you show me how to build my course in Teachable/Thinkific/Podia etc?

No, we don't cover tech setup in this program. Most platforms have very helpful tech support to get you going.

Do you have non-profit pricing?  

Unfortunately, no. My 1:1 Instructional Design consulting rates start at $7k, so this program is the BEST value if you want access to me.

If I change my mind can I get a refund?

Sure. You have 14 days from from your purchase date to request a refund. Since you'll get access to the content up-front and there are limited seats, there's no refunds after that time period. I'm happy to answer any questions you have to make sure the program is the right fit for you. Just email me at hello [at] zencourses [dot] co. 

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