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Gabby and I are part of a mastermind group that consists of online English teachers.
She has a very successful YouTube channel, co-founded a popular podcast, and now has started creating courses.
We discuss the above and much more in our interview.
We started off talking about our mastermind group; a mastermind group is where you meet with others who are doing similar things to you to give and get advice and support.
"For me, it's been really motivating and it's held me accountable too."
Like Gabby said, it's about collaboration and not competition, and finding people who have something in common with you.
Gabby has been teaching language for over ten years in many different settings and age groups. About five years ago, she picked up a copy of The Four Hour Work Week, read other things entrepreneurial books, and liked the idea of moving online and helping more people.
But before all that, she started making short videos that answered the questions she had in the classroom, and put the videos on YouTube.
There was no business plan at this point, but she started receiving positive feedback, so she made more videos, and all of this this has now become a focus for her online teaching business (driving people to her website and to continue learning with her).
She was a little self-conscious and worried about putting herself out there at first, but it's something she has got used to.
Gabby has also had a lot of experience with podcasting. She was the co-founder of All Ears English and started releasing episodes four times a week. It was, and still is, hugely successful.
But Gabby started her own podcast to concentrate on her own her own brand.
I love when Gabby talked about starting the podcast, and admitted that she had never listened to a podcast before. There were a lot of things that she had to figure out to get things going.
After creating around 100 videos on her YouTube platform, she posted her first course on Udemy. This year, she posted a new course on her own site, which is solely video based. She has a total of six courses with a new one on the way.
Just like Stephen, Gabby listens to her learners and creates her courses based on the feedback she gets.
In the past, she couldn't get things to work on her own platform, but the technical side of things is now going well. She also sets a deadline, pre-sells the course, and then gets the material out there.
Gabby's plans for the future are to continue working on Go Natural English, and also wants to help online teachers become successful online through her blog, Laptop Language Teacher.
Here are some links to her sites:
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