Of course you have heard this question. Everybody has! The answer is probably yes. If you even wonder whether you should write something down… do it. Being the person to remind the group of writing results down – or even doing it yourself without even asking that question – might trigger your colleagues to wonder why you insist on this. So let’s quickly review the top three possible reasons.
Yes, this article is about gender bias – and yet, it’s not. In the real world, no one is free
Everything you do during a workshop is an exercise. It’s not just about handing out sheets with numbered questions which your participants need to fill in or answer in a written form. Think of it more like a blueprint of what you’ll do during your phases!
Leading meetings is an art and a necessity. The difference between a meeting and a great meeting is most often made by the meeting owner. There are a few mandatory steps to go through if you want to bring your meetings to the next level. A very easy way to upgrade your regulars is to introduce some rituals. That does not mean that you should make your meetings fully predictable – it just means giving everybody some bootstraps to navigate through the meeting safely.
It may seem tedious to plan a goal for each step, but it is actually not only important for you as the workshop leader. It’s also very important for the participants! This doesn’t mean that you will explicitly communicate each goal – your participants will feel whether you know your goal.
Theory is nice, but there’s nothing better than practice, right? In this post, we’ll go through an example of a workshop plan. I’ll explain some details, and you can download the files I use and plan your own session. Let’s start!
I cannot count the times I saw those motivational posts on LinkedIn or Facebook which are all about awareness and being kind to yourself. Drink enough, get enough sleep, plan your day ahead and don’t miss the breaks! An exhausted body is toxic. I know! And I do! And I bet most of you also have good habits. But if you are managing one or more teams, it’s not always your fault if something does not work according to your plan. So how can you find the balance between not losing yourself, but still staying open towards all the last-minute requests that come in during the day?
After having merged and roughly cleaned my reference data, I was eager to start annotating.
After we established a vertical structure in the last post, let’s focus on working out the horizontal dimension. Each of the defined phases needs certain attributes. How detailed you are in your planning depends on you: Do whatever makes you feel confident when you stand in front of your participants.
The next step is to plan out each of your phases which will give you the horizontal level of your workshop plan.
It’s so much fun to use a rainy Saturday to start learning SQL or knitting or how to bake a sourdough bread (okay, that last one will take you more time than one Saturday). But – and it’s a big but – the struggle starts after the first step.