Want to know something crazy?
Out of all the men and women instructors I've been coaching lately, every single one of them struggles with confidence.
I'm talking brand new instructors, instructors who have been teaching for a few years, and even instructors who have been in the industry for decades.
This KILLS me.
How has this industry failed us so much that we can't even get comfortable on our own stages?
I'm not going to lie and tell you that it's easy to gain confidence in front of your riders, but I will share with you some of the tips that I tell my clients:
1. Practice, practice, practice
This one is obvious, but not many people take the time to do it. Carve out some actual time during the week to practice your routines, and you'll feel way more confident when you go to teach them.
2. Know your systems
Whether you teach at one studio or 10, you need to master the sound systems, AV equipment, and bike meters. Technical difficulties once in awhile are inevitable, but knowing the ins and outs of your systems (and having backup plans) will keep you from getting overwhelmed by unexpected hiccups.
3. Dress the part
Let's say for a second that you were an executive at a corporation and you walked into a big meeting with a wrinkled shirt and ripped pants... You'd probably feel pretty self-conscious, right? Maybe a little out of place?
Same idea goes for your cycling class! If you show up in ratty old clothes or look like you just rolled out of bed, you won't feel comfortable in front of your class and you won't bring the best energy to your riders. Invest in some good quality, comfortable riding shorts and tank tops and you'll see a world of difference in how you carry yourself on stage.
4. Get to know your students
Getting up and instructing in front of a bunch of familiar, friendly faces is a whole lot easier than trying to gauge the enthusiasm and energy of total strangers. Get to know your students by chatting with them before and after class and you will naturally feel more comfortable up on stage. Plus, it will work wonders for rider retention 😉
Feeling like you don't even know where to start when it comes to writing routines and cueing, building confidence, and mastering your stage?
You could probably get there on your own, but will take you years of trial and error. It's crucial that you learn best practices and the secret tricks of the trade while you're still new to the game, and investing in a coach will set you up for success right away. Check out some coaching options, and let's get you on your way to mastering the stage!