Workshop design is critical in order to make sure that both business and learners needs are achieved.
Workshop Design Stages
There are a number of stages to designing a workshop
Goals are set as early as possible. They are created in context with business and learning needs. They are agreed with stakeholders before being communicated to all parties.
All information relating to the workshop is distributed to the participants in a timely manner.
Where there are pre-workshops activities to be completed by the participants, they are communicated clearly and understanding validated.
The impact of not completing the pre-activities is also highlighted.
Developing the workshop programme
In order to make sure that the agreed goals are met we start by defining the evaluations from the goals. In order to get holistic feedback we use a number of different evaluation tools, as appropriate.
We then design the detail of each element of the workshop making sure that the themes and activities direct the desired learning.
In order to make sure that we cover a number of different learning styles, to meet the needs of the audience, we use a number of learning approaches.
All our workshops are designed, and our facilitator deliver to, our workshop philosophy. We believe in
- engaging all participants early on in the workshop
- emphasising that participants should 'adapt' rather than 'adopt'
- facilitation is used, instead of teaching
- allowing time for participants to interact and share experience
- llowing time for reflections
Post workshop we include checks of satisfaction and success with all the participants
Where learning needs to be embedded we design post workshop learning such as reflective writing, coaching sessions, surveys and action sets
And finally we hold a retrospective on the full process
Workshops are an invaluable tool that can be used for many purposes.
They can be used for meeting objectives such as training, team-building, communications and planning.
They are effective as part of a change management programme of work. They can be used for creating vision, strategy, initiatives and tactical plans.
They are also ideal for breaking down barriers, communication and integration of staff from different areas.
Workshops are effective in managing change and achieving improvement, and particularly the creation of initiatives, plans, process and actions to achieve particular business and organisational aims. Workshops are also great for breaking down barriers, improving communications inside and outside of departments, and integrating staff after acquisition or merger. Workshops are particularly effective for (CRM) customer relationship management development. The best and most constructive motivational team-building format is a workshop, or better still series of workshops, focusing on the people's key priorities and personal responsibilities/interest areas,
Participation creates a sense of ownership and empowerment.
Workshops are inclusive and foster collaboration.