Tips for the Shy Instructor, Part 2: Stop Trying to be Perfect. Be Yourself but Bigger.

Are you the shy instructor? If so, you can feel confident and energetic when teaching your indoor cycling class even if you are an introvert.

It is commonly thought that you must be an extrovert, a performer, to get up in front of a class. It’s not true. Introverts can be wonderful instructors. Some introverts can deliver performances that amaze. But, as introverts, they may rally their resources differently than someone who comes upon it more easily. Other introverts can thrive in a lower-key performance where their sincerity, knowledge, and caring come across.

Shy instructors can be helped by simply unlearning a few falsehoods about performing in public.

If this is you, it’s time to up your game by stopping the behaviors that may be limiting your performance. In part 1 of this series, you learned to stop trying to calm your anxiety and to stop thinking of public performance as a “gift” you were not granted.

In part 2, you will learn to stop doubting yourself and your knowledge.

There is no “one way” to be a great instructor. Paths are open to extroverts and introverts alike. Just learn your stuff and then go have fun teaching it. Your students will see your joy and share in it.

4 Responses to “Tips for the Shy Instructor, Part 2: Stop Trying to be Perfect. Be Yourself but Bigger.”

  1. GillianRoss says:

    Great article!! I’ve had trouble with this exact thing and trying to control my anxiety many times which translates into the beginning of my class being low energy. As I get comfortable about 10 minutes in, my energy increases as I get into the ride and start to get excited! I’m going to try to channel that anxiety into energy right from the get go! Thanks!

    • Bill Roach says:

      Hi Gillian. I think it is wonderful that you are aware of your energy level and finding ways to control it. We have the ability to control so much, just not everything, in our lives. I love your attitude and I bet that your students love you.

  2. JohnAndrews says:

    Great article Bill whether an extrovert or introvert we can all gain some insight. Focus on their needs and be sincere. And always as you mentioned be the best you.

    • Bill Roach says:

      John, thanks so very much. It’s interesting to me that when you really commit to something – as I know you have – how much you can learn. And that learning can sometimes come in surprising ways. That learning includes not about about the science of indoor cycling but also about ourselves. Thanks for your commitment to be the best you for your students!!

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