Do you have a clearly defined process that summarizes your teaching? As a thought leader/blogger, one of the best uses of your time is to come up with a framework that helps you teach your passion. A framework is a one-page roadmap that visually explains your simple step by step process.
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Whether it is getting out of debt, eating more healthy, growing a speaking career or losing weight through exercise, your audience wants a roadmap. More than anything they desire a trusted guide to take them through a proven roadmap. Creating a framework from your passion is one of the smartest projects you can undertake. A framework will help you:
- Organize your teaching into an easy-to-understand resource
- Scale your business by allowing others to teach your framework
- Write a book that explains your framework in-depth
- Create online courses that not only deliver the “what” but also the “how”
- Gain followers as your audience can see the map of where you are going
- Design several keynote talks that can help build your business
- Give you a clear agenda to follow when hosting your own workshops
As you can see, building a framework is the essential first step. One of the best advantages of doing so is that it forces you to simplify your message. It reminds me of the Albert Einstein quote which says, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it enough.” Creating a framework helps you to become a better teacher.
Ideally, you’ll want your framework to fit on one page if at all possible. Your framework does not need to contain everything. It just needs to convey the big steps in an easy-to-understand format.
If you are needing inspiration on how to graphically represent your ideas, do a Google image search on “framework ideas” and you’ll see many options. A few popular models include:
- Three concentric circles
- Pie charts divided into five or six parts
- Pyramid with blocks
- Baseball diamond with four main steps
- Staircase where each step builds on the next
- Ladder which represents different levels
You can even create something original like Stephen Covey did to explain his 7 habits of highly effective people. Going through this creative process will help you to simplify all your ideas into an easy-to-teach structure.
Design Your Framework in 30 Days
I encourage you to not spend too much time getting your first framework built. More than likely, your framework will evolve over time. Here’s a few steps to feet started:
- Do a Google images search on “frameworks” for ideas
- Sketch out an idea on blank paper
- Go to 99 Designs and create a contest on building your framework (you’ll get many ideas you haven’t thought of).
- Select a winner and have them deliver your framework to you in many formats including a color PDF version.
What Do I Do Once I Have a Framework?
Essentially, all your products and services can flow from this framework. Your next book can be a deep dive into your framework. You’ll now have a guide when coaching others. You can extract pieces of your framework and make them keynote talks. You can even create a more in-depth online course with your framework. Give away your framework as an email opt-in incentive. Everything flows from your framework.
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