Do you lead groups or teach workshops as part of your business?
I love the opportunity to teach or attend a workshop. Not everyone feels that way though. I have known people to sigh heavily or roll their eyes at the thought of attending a seminar. I can relate to that too because I have attended a few yawn fests along the way!
I have walked away from some workshops thinking “wow that was a waste of time”. Other times I have wondered why the presenter took up 4 hours of my time when the material could have been presented in an hour. Who wants to give up their precious time for something that doesn’t feel valuable?
If you are a facilitator or workshop/group leader, what will give your workshop participants more value from your events?
Here are 4 simple ideas to build into your next presentation:
Your attitude going in will determine what and how you will communicate with your listeners. If you are engaged and excited about the topic your energy will affect the audience, increasing the level of your participant’s engagement.
Don’t Take Your Role Too Seriously
Yes… you have to be professional, but you can still be relaxed and fun.
When a facilitator is appealing and fun, and makes the effort to interact with the audience everyone learns. I learn from others and like to listen to the experiences of my peers as I am sure most of us do.
Mixed Teaching Methods
Use a combination of information, conversation/feedback, writing, sharing and a creative exercise to keep people interested. I know from personal experience that if a presenter uses only one method of teaching (think lecture method) I for one will surely be found daydreaming and doodling. Remember that there are many different learning styles within your group or audience.
Pertinent and Practical
Ensure the material is pertinent and practical. You probably can recall times as a participant when you have had to sift through what was being presented to get to the real nuggets. Annoying.
As you are preparing your material ask yourself….
Workshops and seminars can be wonderful learning environments for both the facilitator and the participant. What makes a workshop worthwhile in your opinion?