There are probably as many.......
- There are probably as many answers to this question as there are workshops and workshop presenters but, in general, a workshop is a single, short (although short may mean anything from 45 minutes to two full days) educational program designed to teach or introduce to participants practical skills, techniques, or ideas which they can then use in their work or their daily lives. Most workshops have several features in common:
- They’re generally small, usually from 6 to 15 participants, allowing everyone some personal attention and the chance to be heard.
- They’re often designed for people who are working together, or working in the same field.
- They’re conducted by people who have real experience in the subject under discussion.
How do you conduct a Workshop
Once you know what.....
Once you know what your topic will be, planning a workshop ultimately means figuring out what you want to do to guide participants through the experience, and what you hope they’ll learn from it. In order to do that, you have to consider a number of factors:
Consider your topic. The first element of planning a workshop is to know what you’re talking about. No matter how interactive and participatory your workshop will be, you still have to have a good command of what you’re presenting. Do your homework, so that you’re confident you can deal with most questions and issues that might come up. That doesn’t mean you have to know absolutely everything about the topic, but that you have to know a reasonable amount about it, and understand it well enough so that you can help participants fit it into the context of their own jobs and lives.
Consider your audience. Your audience, the people who will actually be part of the workshop, is probably the most important piece of the puzzle here. Understanding them and their needs will do more than anything else to help you decide what to do and how to do it.