Input Matters: A Curious Inquiry On Workshops
I’m ready to launch my first ever workshop (yes!) in conjunction with the Atlanta JayCees. If you’ve been following my blog posts, you’ll know by now how important the topic is: visioning. And specifically, actionable visioning – that is, not defining what your pipe dreams are, or what you want to do way out when you retire, it’s about the next year and specifically getting an action plan together for the next 3 months. It will be on March 21st – if you’re interested in more details, feel free to contact me. However, I’m looking for some feedback.
As I’ve been designing this workshop, I’ve thought back to many different resources:
>> Previous workshops I’ve been to – what worked and what didn’t
>> Books – such as Gamestorming (a great buy if you are interested in brainstorming)
>> Training Design – I’ve been learning a lot about this as part of my own career transition from engineering
What I continue to question is – what is most important to you, the person who decides to spend their hour with me? I’ve become pretty adept at creating open sessions that are not about me up on the stage, but about you and making sure you walk away with something in your hands. What I’m curious about is that the right thing for you to walk away with? What outcome were you expecting when you attend?
So I’m keeping this week’s blog post brief, in the hopes that I get a response from you for the following three questions:
>> Have you attended a workshop before and what was the topic? (If not, can you talk about top 3 reasons why you haven’t gone?)
>> What was the driver for you attending or put another way, your desired outcome?
>> What do you wish had been different about the workshop you attended (other than content)?
Just looking for some general feedback on how people view workshops. Workshops are currently touted as a great way to get business, but to me, it’s more than that – it’s a chance for you to see how I work, get something immediately out of it that you can take home, for a very low cost (or in this case, free!). Yet at the same time, people have a hard time getting people to attend their workshops. So even though this seems to be an established practice, I think your input matters more than ever.
Any feedback you have would be much appreciated!