Work This Workshop! Work It!
June 15, 2012 1:17 PM Subscribe
What makes for a really, really kickass professional workshop?
posted by Miko to Work & Money (5 answers total) 22 users marked this as a favorite
We've all been to so-so workshops before. I don't want this one to be so-so.
I've done a lot of presenting before, but this fall I'm doing my first 3.5 hour (half-day) workshop.
It's for history museum professionals, it's about social media, and about exploring social media to discover topics in local/regional history that interest people for potential use in museums and such.
So we'll be inviting people to bring laptops and leading them in exploring some big-name social sites as well as some more obscure ones.
But my question is really broader - we know what content we want to cover, but we want to have a really lively, productive format. We don't want to run a talking-head workshop, don't want to do the old "breakout groups for the sake of breakout groups then report back on your discussion" thing.
I'd like participants to feel that they were active, that they discovered new abilities, that they learned something useful to take back, and that they really did the "work" part of workshop, instead of listening to a few presenters yammer and do powerpoints.
So what are your suggestions for facilitating a kickass workshop? Any and all things welcome. Please share things you've experienced in that past that made a difference.
Assume that we will have an outline, we will rehearse, and we are comfortable public speakers and facilitators. We have the chance to upload e-handouts, we have live internet and a projector, and we can do displays, table games/activities, etc.
Thanks in advance for taking the time to share your ideas and thoughts!