Every teacher brings something special to Skillshare and we encourage you to teach your passion. If you’re struggling to figure out what topic to teach, here are some strategies you can try to help you decide.
Learn What Topics Work for Skillshare (and Which Don’t)
Skillshare students are eager to learn from new teachers who bring a unique style and perspective. So we encourage you to teach on a topic you're passionate about. Our primary focus as a learning community is creativity and so many of our more popular classes are creative in nature. That said, a variety of topics are welcome, and as Skillshare grows, so does our audience. We see new topic areas growing in popularity all the time!
There are a few topics that are not permitted on Skillshare — review our Restricted Class Topics list to learn more.
Teach What You Know
It's best to keep your class focused on a specific subject that you know well and are confident sharing.
Put Yourself in Your Students’ Shoes
Ask yourself, “What would I have loved to learn when I was new to this?” What did you find tricky or really confusing when you were first getting started in your practice? Not only will this give you a topic you know a lot about, but it will also help you find an audience that’s hungry to learn it.
Listen to Your Audience
Listen to the people around you that support your work. Have you made something that you get a lot of compliments on from friends or family? Or are a lot of fans or clients asking you, "How did you do that?" Those questions could point to an interesting and relevant topic.
Start With the Project
As you’re thinking about topics, consider the project you’ll have your students create. Look to your own work or accomplishments for inspiration. Is there something you’ve made that you’re particularly proud of? This approach will also help you focus your class, covering just the skills students will need to complete the project.
Examine Your Topic Through Our Staff Pick Principles
Consider how your topic aligns with our Staff Pick principles — or what makes an exceptional class — to help you determine how successful it will be with your audience. If you’ve got a list of topic ideas, ask yourself:
- Demystifying: Which of these topics explains or demonstrates a skill that may seem intimidating at first?
- Actionable: Which of these topics has a strong value proposition and clear takeaways for the student?
- Personal: Which of these topics am I most passionate about teaching?
- Class Planning Document
- Build Your Skillshare Channel: We’ve provided some additional tips for choosing a class topic beyond your first class.
- Teacher Hayden Aube’s System For Choosing A Winning Class Topic: Stuck on what to teach next on Skillshare? Follow the advice of teacher Hayden Aube who has developed a system for choosing a winning class topic every time.
- Still stuck? Email your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be happy to provide feedback.