Last week I started a series called How to Create Your First Information Product in 30 Days where I promised to let you look over my shoulder as I create an information product of my own. And, in case you are just joining in, I hope you, too, will take the challenge and create a product with me. I will walk you through it. Today we start by creating a list of information product ideas. First, I will do it for me. Then, I will lay out some steps to help you come up with your own information product ideas. Ready to watch it happen? Ready to generate a quick list for yourself and get started making money?
As you will see below, one of my crazy ideas is about pets. Above is the photo of Luna, our Siberian Husky, who is the subject of the idea. Ideas can come from anywhere!
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Calling all those living in the Knoxville area. Before we get started on the information product ideas, I want to invite anyone who lives in the Knoxville area to join me at the East Tennessee PMI Professional Development Day at Oak Ridge, TN on January 31.
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Topic of the Week: Creating Your Information Product Ideas List
Last week I gave you an outline to start the process of creating your first information product in 30 days. Many of you have decided to join me! Congrats! If you have not joined in or are just now finding this, let me know. Still time to jump on board and make it happen!!
Last week in How to Create Your First Information Product in 30 Days I defined the process finding information product ideas. Today we start on the week 1 activity – Finding information product ideas.
First, here is my list of information product ideas. It was made just sitting down with paper and thinking through things I could do.
- Networking for Introverts – A talk I have given many times. I have power points and talking points.
- How to lead from the cubicle – A talk I have given a few times, but gaining in popularity. Again, I have the content created.
- How to do a reverse interview – Something I have taught others many times. I have even blogged reverse interviews about on various occasions.
- How to rebuild a bathroom shower – project I am doing now. Not my expertise area – but I do know the process.
- How to use Evernote to replace MS Word – Just something I do on a regular basis to save time and frustration.
- How to manage meetings – Something I have done and talked through and I could develop through common sense.
- How to manage email – Based on a blog post I have written on effective email. Again, a lot of common sense ideas.
- How to get a PhD without pain – I am advising several people on this process right now. Might as well create a product.
- How to get more time – I could share some tricks I use to create margin and kill time wasters.
- How to teach your pet to ring a bell to go outside – Something I learned from my father and we use now in our house. (See photo of our current bell ringing dog above.)
Tricks to Help You Create a List of Information Product Ideas
- Have a friend interview you and ask you what you have taught other people to do. Get someone that is encouraging and will pull ideas out of you.
- Look at what you have already done. What presentations have you given? What documents have you written? What things have you pulled together to teach others either formally or informally?
- What how-to books have you read? What did you enjoy and learn how to do?
- What little skills do you have? What little small things do others admire about you? For instance, they might admire a craft you did, how you organize your closet, how you organize your kitchen cabinets, how you teach your kids do something, how you teach your pet, etc. Think small things you do daily.
- What would you like to learn? You can teach others while you do.
Validate Your Information Product Ideas
- What is the idea?
- What is the pain it addresses?
- Who does it serve?
- Who would buy this?
- What is the idea? Teach people how to network even when networking is not a natural skill or is uncomfortable for them.
- What is the pain it addresses? Everyone knows networking is where opportunity comes from, yet many people are introverted. And even those who are extroverts are often terrible networkers. This course would teach them a method or a recipe they could use to be a successful and powerful networker even though they are shy and introverted. The key is it will teach everyone how to do strategic networking.
- Who does it serve? Careful not to say everyone! While everyone might fit, I want a target market. In this case, my target is professionals who are not extroverted and outgoing, but know they have a need. They will most likely be looking for a new job or a new career. Technical professional experts such as software developers, project managers, engineers, finance and accounting professionals all fit the bill.
- Who would buy this? People who realize the old way of sending out resumes does not work and know they need to do this. People who are really ready to make a change and are willing to invest in themselves.
My Invitation to You
If you are interested in my help in brainstorming this process, just make a comment or send me an email and we will get on the phone together and in about 30 minutes we can generate a list based on your experience. Really – no cost to you.
My Mastermind Members
Since my mastermind group has been a huge help to me, wanted to give a few of them who have blogs a nod of thanks here!
- Chad Allen
- Dennis McIntee
- Jackie Ulmer
- Michael Nichols
- Rebecca Livermore of Professional Content Creation
- Jonathan Milligan of Blogging Your Passion
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