VIPKID teachers we’ve worked with often wonder why they struggle to get bookings or short notice classes. If you’re looking at getting started with VIPKID or online teaching for that matter you’ll need an introduction video. It is usually the lack of a good video and paragraph that result in parents not being interested in you and thus you not getting bookings or short notice classes.
To correct this, read and bookmark this page as it contains practical information to help you make a good VIPKID self introduction video and paragraph.
On most online teaching platforms, an introduction video is usually NOT required. It’s an optional thing you can do. But with that said, if you’re looking to standout it’s a good idea, particularly if you’re a current or prospective VIPKID teacher to make an intro video.
What exactly should you include in your introduction video? Easy!
1 – Introduce yourself.
Something as simple is “hello, I’m teacher David and I am from America!” Also consider introducing any stuffed animals or show props that you will be using in class. Something like “and this is Dino the dinosaur and we want to teach you English.”
Keep your language to short simple sentences and make it fun and engaging. DO NOT drone on about how you have a masters degree, a TEFL certificate, experience teaching and that you love dogs.
No one cares.
You’re hired already, now is the time to sell yourself to the parents. You do that by looking like a fun and engaging teacher who took the time to make a proper video and was not lazy about it.
Intro videos do not need to be that long either. Just 15 seconds, up to a minute. My personal video is me holding a stuffed animal, speaking slowly and clearly in a room with good lighting. I’m smiling, I introduce myself, say a few lines and end the video with “see you in the classroom.”
2 – Have good lighting
Your intro video does not need to be in the room where you’re teaching class. You could introduce yourself from the beach, a park or your living room. The most important aspect however is to make sure your video is well lit with good lighting.
Too many teachers for some reason think they have to record where they are teaching. You really don’t. The video part of this introduction is your chance to show a little bit of your personality. So record in a place with good lighting.
3 – Dress well
In Asia, looks matter and be it China, Japan or Thailand, they expect teachers to look the part. This does not mean you need to wear a suit and tie. It does mean however that you need to look presentable. No scruffy beard, no baseball cap on backwards, no mini skirt and excessive makeup if you’re a woman.
Just look presentable and dress to impress. I personally wear a sky blue shirt in my video as it’s what I wear in the actual class. You’re going to want to be wearing kid friendly colors, so try to avoid black and red t-shirts.
4 – Show Your Personality
There is no rigid formula you have to follow. Show your personality and try to standout as a teacher. The point of online teaching is for the students to have a variety of different teachers with different teaching styles and personality. Don’t trick yourself into being something you’re not.
5 – Speak Slowly and with Confidence
A happy, positive demeanor is what parents and their children want to see. Make sure to smile, wave and give off a good attitude. Also make sure to speak slowly. Not too slowly in an unnatural way, but slowly enough to make sure you’re understood correctly by parents and students of varying levels.
6 – Pick a quite place
Common sense would have you think this would go without saying, but some intro videos we have watched have dogs barking in the background, loud trucks driving by and one person had chickens making noise in the background.
While you can make the video wherever you want, pick a place where it won’t be distracting from a sound perspective.
7 – Clean, simple background
Record from the waist up and make sure your background is not inappropriate for children. Again, prospective students and parents are going to be watching this. Make your background clean and simple.
8 – Use a good camera and have good audio
Your 10 mega pixel phone or your webcam is not going to cut it. Either borrow or buy a decent camera. I personally use the Canon SL2 DSLR. It’s a cheap entry level camera, but this combined with a microphone does a great job for making all sorts of videos.
Be it a travel vlog or a VIPKID introduction video. Remember, you’re competing with other teachers. You need to step up your game and not be lazy about this.
Example professional introduction video:
Teacher Mikes video is a bit on the long side. You really don’t need to produce something a minute long. But Mike created this video using a proper camera, a good microphone and an hour of time.
If you’re looking at this video and thinking “I can’t do this” then don’t worry because you don’t need to.
You just need to follow the steps outlined here and make a nice 15-20 second video with a good camera and a good, positive attitude.
Your Bio Paragraph
Now it’s time to write a quick bio. This part is equally easy too. Introduce yourself, give your background, education, experience and throw in some personal facts about you as they relate to teaching.
For example if you volunteer somewhere as a teacher or your a teacher and a coach. The paragraph is where you want to talk about your professional experience NOT your introduction video.
For example, I start off my bio with something like “hello parents, my name is _____ and I’m an experience teacher working in the ESL space. I have x amount o experience and degrees and I understand the challenges language learners face. I’m excited to help your son or daughter improve their English.”
Something like that is all that is needed.
VIPKID Profile Pictures
You’ll have a chance to have multiple pictures you can upload to your profile. Your main picture should be cropped in a bit, but not too cropped in. Be wearing something that is a kid friendly color and it should be a picture of you smiling. Also, don’t select a picture where you’re wearing sunglasses or a hat.
If you’ve never taught ESL abroad, you need to understand that profile pictures in Asia should be pleasant but conservative.
For your other additional pictures I would add full body shots. You on vacation with family and friends, teaching an actual class if your a teachers and just conveying that you’re living a good life.
You went through all that effort to get hired in the first place, now make the last little bit of effort and create a great teacher profile for yourself so you can get bookings and short notice classes with ease, with VIPKID.
These tips can also be applied to any online teaching platform where parents book the teachers.
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