VIPKID – Why I don’t care about referrals

Good morning everyone,

I have had people both compliment and ask why I don’t care about recruiting or referrals.  For those who may or may not know, there is an incentive for teachers to recruit other potential teachers to join the VIPKID workforce!  I do like the idea behind VIPKID’s reasoning for this: They prefer to reward teachers for finding other well qualified teachers rather than to spend money on advertising.  I look at it as advertising a higher position at a company internally as opposed to externally.

That being said, I would never turn down money.  I have referred a few of my friends in the past.  I was very sincere about VIPKID, told them what it is, my personal experience with VIPKID (over 10,000 classes under my belt by the way), and what to expect.  However, I don’t actively recruit nor seek out money in this.  I genuinely enjoy teaching, showcasing my classes, and meeting students.  That is what I am about.  

There are a few reasons why I don’t care about referrals:

(1) I am not a coach.  

I see various titles floating around such as “VIPKID recruiter” or “VIPKID coach.”  The interview procedure has gone through the washer and dryer so many times that I don’t even recognize that shirt anymore.  That shirt that was once orange when I started wearing it is now a shade of faint pink.  I’m unsure of the interview procedure, nor do I care to find out.  There are a plethora of Youtube videos out there that can (or cannot – I believe there is a lot of fluff out there as well) help you through the process.  Props to those that do hustle and recruit!  You do what you gotta do!~

(2) I don’t always follow what’s recommended.

I think it’s great that VIPKID added basic guidelines for teachers to follow, especially since online education is still somewhat new and innovative.  For example, for pacing, you should spend approximately one minute per slide.  You should put your finger under your mouth to indicate when you are speaking.  You should put your hands behind your ears to indicate when the student should speak.  Be overenthusiastic.  Like really overenthusiastic.  Though I am not familiar with the new interview procedures, I believe these tips are important to passing your demo and mock classes.  However, I do not follow any of these guidelines.  The putting my finger under my mouth and hands behind my ears felt unnatural after the first ten classes.  I find that students, even students in level 2, generally can understand when you want them to talk and listen.  After you have a few hundred classes under your belt, you start to have a feel of the lessons and you can pace accordingly.  There are also a small percentage of parents who prefer conversational practice over completion of the lesson.  After a while, you will recognize who those parents are.

(3) I can’t provide value/insight about something I know nothing about.

I imagine there are hundreds of new teachers every week entering the word of online teaching.  There are some who open up classes and get booked right off the bat.  For others, it may take weeks or even months!  I have no idea as to why this is the case.  I don’t know the secret sauce for getting booked and starting as soon as you sign your contract.  For those that know or claim they know, great! I cannot provide any information or assistance in regards to knowing how to increase bookings.  I do not want to talk about something in which there is no substance behind the air coming out of my mouth.  From the parents I have met, however, I do know that your video is important, and parents generally enjoy seeing photos of you in a real classroom environment (if you have one).


If you have any questions about VIPKID I would be happy to answer them.  I’m not looking for referrals whatsoever.  I genuinely enjoy teaching and only stick to that.

Have a good day everyone!

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