Coursetree: Full-fledged venture

I’m happy to announce that the idea has now turned into a venture!  A couple weeks ago, I mentioned Coursetree in a few posts in order to show the process of starting up a business.  Sure, it’s a side business at the moment, but who knows where it will lead.  A few developments have occurred since last I talked about this:

A) The website is now live!
Thank to my amazing graphic designer partner, Coursetree has a beautiful and functional website.  I took the great designs and worked them into HTML magic.  Believe me, that process brings to mind only two words:  tedious and fulfilling.  Take a quick look at some screenshots!

Coursetree - HomeCoursetree - AboutCoursetree - WorkshopsCoursetree - Contact

Click the screenshots to go to those specific pages or here to take a look at the entire website!

B) There have been meetings!
So far, I’ve met with EF International Toronto, Seneca College, Language Studies Canada, International House Toronto and Cornerstone Academic College.  Each presented valuable experience and insight into their specific contexts.  They led me to understand better which services are most desired (workshops, lesson plans and handouts, teacher observation and evaluation) and which often are usually undertaken by their existing staff (curriculum development).  Next up, time to do some shameless self-promotion.

C) Workshops interest is very good.
One of the services I enjoy the most is facilitating workshops for teachers and thankfully, there has been interest!  I had a great time developing and delivery workshops at TESL conferences (North York/York Region, Toronto and Ontario), English Central and individual schools (Cornerstone, International House).  Next up, Quest Language Studies on April 5!  Thank you to a colleague, Ken Lackman, for that one.

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About seburnt

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4 responses to “Coursetree: Full-fledged venture

  • Ken M

    Tyson,

    Looks great!! Kudos for the idea and initiative to make this happen!

    Ken

  • kfbunny

    Thanks Ken! I’m quite proud. It’s both scary and exciting. Doesn’t “awesome” literally mean fear + excitement?

  • Ken M

    You should read Linchpin by Seth Godin. He talks about how most people are too afraid to get out of their comfort zone and really put themselves out there to accomplish something. He suggests when you feel fear or resistance, it’s a good indicator it’s something you SHOULD do, and you should “lean” into it. You’re doing it.

    • kfbunny

      That’s a very interesting point-of-view. Normally, one would suggest that fear is a natural reaction to something dangerous. However, in cases like this, I do agree. The fear of leaving your “comfort zone” does hold people back. I’ve often described it as a “fear of your own success” as in order to achieve that success, you need to step up the responsibility and accountability.

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