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!
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!
In the last part, I talked about why structure matters so much for your workshop. Providing a structure will help your participants to navigate through the endless possibilities that open up to them during discussions and brainstorming phases, and will align all of you to focus on the goal of the workshop. Now, let’s look into different options for structures.
As a team leader, empowering your team and helping them succeed is critical. In the digital age, you will not be respected as a leader just because you have a title. Instead, your team will trust you if you show responsibility, engagement, and trustworthiness. The style of your collaboration with your team and other teams is crucial on your path to obtaining these virtues. As nice as it is to have an external coach for every workshop, this is not always possible (time- or money-wise), and you will be in the position to plan and execute a workshop with your team. The better you plan ahead, the better the outcome of your workshop will be – so every minute you can invest in planning has its worth.
There are those days where work just piles up sky-high. You start in the morning with too much work for the day and when you finish in the evening, the piles are even higher. No wonder that you feel exhausted and frustrated, especially if you cannot see the silver lining. The bad news is: There’s no way to avoid this completely. The good news is: You can be responsible for creating your own silver lining.