The A-Z of Workshop minigems Part 2 – Group work to Listening

If you’re not in the zone for my workshop yet, take a look at part 2 of the A-Z series of mini gems! These are small nuggets of information, to let you know some of the things that I consider important when doing a workshop. Some of them more obvious that others, but it’s all about helping to you think about some of the basics which are easy to overlook.

Of course we’ll be looking at the real meat of a workshop during the course, but these are just to whet your appetite…..

Today we’ve got G-L, Group Work to Listening. I’ve been publishing these daily on my facebook page and twitter feed, so look out for more coming up.

And if anyone would like to give me their own workshop top tips, I’d love to hear them!

Group Work

 

Handouts

 

Icebreakers

 

mini gems J Juggling

 

mini gems K Know your audience

 

mini gems Listening

If you think you’re ready to sign up then here is where it’s all happening:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/workshop-essentials-the-skilled-approach-to-outstanding-workshop-creation-tickets-18652884279

Why should you hold a workshop?

As we have already established, I love a good workshop. I love giving workshops, and if they are done well, I love being a participant. I love sharing ideas, having discussions, learning while doing.

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Lots of people do workshops. It is a term that has become a bit of a catch all for those situations where you get a group of people together in the same space and work with them. I know people who do workshops on Social Media, Finance, Sales and Marketing, Business Development, Nutrition and Mindfulness to name but a few. Most of the people who do them are not trainers or facilitators in their own right. They are not necessarily people who work predominantly with groups for a living. They are people who are experts in their field, have a wealth of knowledge to share and have decided to do a workshop as part of their business offering. The topics are vast and the things you can learn amazing.

But it’s not easy doing a workshop. And it’s even harder to do a good workshop. It’s fairly nerve-wracking the first time, standing up in front of a group of people and telling them what you know, watching a lot of faces full of expectation looking to you for the answers. But once you get over that hurdle, it feels fairly do-able. After all, you are the expert.

The hard bit is doing it in a way that maintains a good audience of attentively listening, actively involved, motivated participants. Being creative enough with your worldly knowledge so it is accurately and effectively imparted to a group of paying guests is not something to embark upon lightly. You’ve broken through the “everyone’s listening to me” thing, now you have to keep all those eager faces from drifting away, not sticking to the programme, losing interest. That’s the killer, much worse that everyone looking at you!

So, nothing to worry about at all then. Perhaps I’m not selling it well enough, the idea of holding a workshop. The how, is most definitely something you need to work on. But the why, well that’s much easier…….Continue reading

The A-Z of Workshop Mini Gems Part 1 – Aims to Flexibility.

In order to get everyone in the zone for my workshop I thought I’d get going with an A-Z series of mini gems! These are small nuggets of information, to let you know some of the things that I consider important when doing a workshop. Some of them more obvious that others, but it’s all about helping to you think about some of the basics which are easy to overlook.

Of course we’ll be looking at the real meat of a workshop during the course, but these are just to whet your appetite…..

Today we’ve got A-F, Aims to Flexibility. I’ve been publishing these daily on my facebook page and twitter feed, so look out for G tomorrow…….

And if anyone would like to give me their own workshop top tips, I’d love to hear them!

Mini gems A mini gems B mini gems C mini gems D mini gems E mini gems F