List of Tips to make your Essential Oils 101 Presentation a huge success:
The best way to spread the word about Essential Oils is by teaching a class about essential oils in front of a group of people. That can be in your home, in a library, in a hotel, at a fair or in a farmer’s market. That presentation is a great way to share your love for essential oils with others. It is an easy way to introduce others to essential oils and possibly increase sales for those who sell essential oils.
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Keys to a Successful Class
From our experience giving classes or participating in other’s classes involving essential oils, there are three main keys for giving a successful class.
These keys are:
- Learn about essential oils, experience them, and share what the oils have done for you with others. This will give you the best background when it comes to teaching.
- Keep your class focused on a specific, simple goal.
- Plan to allow the class members an opportunity to interact—both with you, and with the oils.
- Share your love for essential oils and have fun with what you are doing.
- Share your personal experiences or ask guests to share their experiences.
- Interact with people attending the class by asking open questions and relate with what they are saying.
- Let people answer to the open questions, you will find a lot of information about what they need…
- Keep it specific with only one goal in mind.
- Follow your Power Point sequence.
- Have lots of handouts, flyers business cards to give away
- Keep it simple: don’t try to teach everything at once.
- Let people touch, smell and share the essential oils as much as possible.
- Know (and be prepared to act on) all pertinent safety information for any essential oil you use during class.
- Don’t try to fake what you don’t know.
Possible Class Subjects
While there are many different possible subjects that can be taught about essential oils and aromatherapy, it is best to pick an area that attracts or interests you.
That will help ensure that you have enthusiasm for the subject, which will, in turn, help those in your class feel this same excitement as well. While the following list is in no way comprehensive, it is a great starting point, and may help you generate some new ideas.
- Introduction to Aromatherapy/Essential Oils
- Essential Oil Safety
- Essential Oil Constituents
- How Essential Oils are Made
- History of Essential Oils
- Everyday Uses for Essential Oils
- Aromatherapy First Aid
- Essential Oils in the Classroom
- Oils of the Bible
- Oils in the Antiquities
- Essential oils in Egypt
Take a look at this video from Angie at TheWellOiledLife, she has good resources and know how.
- Relaxing with Essential Oils
- Aromatherapy and the Emotions
- The Helix of essential oils
Advanced Presentation with Vitality
- Cooking with Essential Oils
Advanced Presentations: Essential Oils for outdoor
- Essential Oils and Gardening
- Essential Oils for Pest Control
- Essential Oil Cleaning Products
- Aromatherapy and Animals
Aromatherapy and Massage
- Aromatherapy and Reflexology
- Aromatherapy and Vita-Flex
- Aromatherapy and Raindrop Technique
- The Aromatherapy Home Spa
- Essential Oil Blending
- Essential Oil Crafts
- Soap Making with Essential Oils
- Aromatherapy Gift Ideas
- Bath Salts
- Massage Oils
- Bath Fizzers
- Bath Melts
- Lip Balm
Advanced Presentations: Healing with Essential Oils
Be careful with this type of presentation as they may not be FDA compliant
- Essential Oils for the Cold and Flu Season
- Aromatherapy and Pain Management
- Aromatherapy and Learning Disabilities
- Disinfecting with Essential Oils
- Essential Oil Anti-Oxidants
- Aromatherapy and Weight Loss
Other types of presentations
- Aromatherapy at the Office
- Aromatherapy and Beauty
- Seasonal Aromatherapy
- Romantic Blends (valentines, anniversaries)
- Christmas Blends
- Aromatherapy at the End of Life
Questions to ask yourself before preparing your class
The following list of questions is by no means comprehensive, but it should get you thinking in the right direction as you plan, prepare for, present, and reflect on your class.
- What would I like to teach about?
- What do I know about that topic, and what do I still need to learn about it?
- What experience do I have with that subject?
- How can I gain more experience with this topic if needed?
- Do I want this to be a basic class for beginners or a more advanced class for people familiar with the matter?
- What specific goal would I like to accomplish with my class?
- What do I want the class members to take away from my class?
- What kind of atmosphere do I want for the class (i.e., lecture-interactive, formal-informal, structured-loose, large class-small class, fun-serious, etc.)
- Where will I teach the class?
- When will I teach the class?
- How long do I want the class to be?
- Do I want (or need) to charge for the class?
- Who do I want to attend the class?
- Where can I find the people I would like to attend the class?
- How can I get those people to feel that attending this class will be beneficial to them?
- Do I want people to pre-register for the class, or just show up?
- Do I have the right marketing material (Flyers, banners, business cards, handouts, Power Point presentation, Booklets, etc…)
- Do I have a specific goal in mind for my class?
- Have I learned all that I can about the topic, and refreshed my knowledge so I can readily answer most questions?
- Have I experienced enough with the topic, and have I refreshed my memory so I can readily share my experiences?
- Do I have a specific plan for how to present my knowledge and experience in a way that helps achieve my goal?
- Have I prepared for opportunities to let the class members interact with both me and the topic?
- Do I have a general timeline for how long each portion of my class will take?
- Have I let the people I want to attend know about my class, and helped them realize how it can benefit them?
- Do I have the location for the class picked and reserved for the times I want (including extra time before to set up, and extra time after to take down and clean up)?
- Do I have the supplies ready that I will need, including visual aids, handouts, paper, pens, any equipment needed to make anything, audio-video tools, samples, door prizes, reference books, etc.?
- Have I practiced my presentation enough that it is polished and professional?
- Have I sought feedback on my presentation from friends or family members to help make it better?
- Do I have my class presentation outline memorized or on note-cards so I can easily move from one section to the next?
- Do I have all visual aids prepared, in order, and easily accessible so I will not have to spend time looking for them?
- Do I have any activities or demonstrations set up and ready to go?
- Have I made sure that no outside distractions will interrupt my presentation (including cell phones, pagers, bathroom breaks, etc.)
- Have I made arrangements so I can focus completely on my presentation without other worries (including babysitting, issues at work, family problems, etc.)
- Can people hear me adequately?
- Do I have any equipment I need in place and working properly (including computers, projectors, music systems, microphones, etc.)
- Did I accomplish the goal that I had for my class?
- If not, how can I improve my class for next time?
- Did the people I wanted to attend the class come?
- Did they take away from the class what I wanted them to?
- Did I have enough time to prepare and set-up for my class?
- Were there any questions I was not prepared to answer from my knowledge or experiences?
- Did I have all of the equipment I needed on hand for the class?
- Was the classroom the right size for the class?
- Do I have a way to contact those who attended to follow-up on un-answered questions, or to let them know about future classes?
- How can I improve the class for the future?
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