How to Plan a Business Workshop
A workshop is an effective way for team building, problem solving, self motivating, interactive learning and many others. But, to attain these goals, a workshop must be well-planned and organized ahead of time.
Planning a workshop is a big responsibility. It takes a lot of creativity, focus and organization to plan for a good workshop.
Some may think it is only a huge waste of money and time but this is definitely a misconception. Because once a workshop is well-planned, it can be extremely precious to everyone who is involved on this. Doing workshop is great for building relationship, brainstorming, problem solving, improve performance and interactive learning. Its planning is critical which should be made and organized ahead of time. If your company is planning to have a workshop, here is a guide that could help you how to plan a business workshop.
Define your Workshop Goals
A workshop must always have a goal. Some questions that might be valuable in determining your workshop goals are: Would you like to teach your business managers how to become better leaders and organizers? Does your company need to improve its hiring procedures? Does your company needs team building for a new created team? All these things are important to be able to determine your workshop goals. Many workshops are put to waste because they have no clear goals kept around their workshop discussion.
Determine the People to Attend the Workshop
The people who would directly attend to your workshop are related to your goals. For instance, if the workshop goal produces a comprehensive solution to a specific problem then you might want few attendees. On the other hand if your goal is about education then you could choose a larger group of attendees that can be divided into minor groups for a conversation.
Choose the Appropriate Location
If the workshop has only more or less ten attendees, then a conference room could be just fine. But if your attendees are fifty or more people, you have to look for a larger venue. It will not only help you lessen the cost for the venue fee, but it can also help for a close collaboration between you and your attendees.
Develop an Agenda
Now that you have already determined the primary goals and the people who will attend to the workshop, it is the time for you to start developing an outline on how to reach these goals. Create the main points to talk about and then break them down into points that would make you easily communicate with your audience. Make necessary visual aids for every point. In the actual discussion and activities, determine your time allotment for the two. Make sure that the activities you have prepared are apt for the each group size and that the venue has enough resources to run these activities and sessions.