Hi All,

BLUF: I am looking for tips and advice on running a "workshop".

I have been on a temporary secondment in my company for the last year - I go back to my normal position at the start of June.

I will be presenting a summary of my work to my normal positions manager and peers. I have also been asked to run a "workshop" on my subject area to run these managers through the process they can use to help their directs improve their performance in the area I have been working on.

I have presented to this group three times over the last year and these have all gone OK. It is a pretty small group - about 6-8 attendees including the director.

I have spoken to all attendees and know what they want to get out of the meeting - I will pre-wire in more detail when I have a firmer plan of what I will be doing (I am waiting on my boss getting back to me letting me know how long I will have etc).

I know to focus on the audience and cover things that they want and are relevant to them - I would love to hear any tips or advice on how to make this sort of session as effective as possible.





Singers's picture

Hi Stuart, hope all is going well ;)

First off, dont wait for your boss to tell you what time you have available, make a  recommendation or even a couple of options. 
He dont know in detail what you wish to present, so he have no way of knowing if 2 hours, 4 hours or 3 days is the right time period. If you give him advise on this, you will make any decision he makes easier. (That doesnt mean that he should or will go with the recommendation)

On the workshop itself, besides the key of the usual meeting rules & staying on time - without knowing the topic's it's a good idea to go through the steps:

"what was you task" (ie the purpose of what you have been doing)
"How did you do it" 
"what was your findings" (Show with data if possible and remember the advise on how to show graph's, which is in some of the presentation cast's)
"What was the output" (what did you implement, recommend, etc based on your findings)
"What is your recommendation" (What is your advise to the guys going forward, how can they use your work to get performance improvements.

You might add one or two more steps, but that's quite a good base.
Remember if you haven't done at already, collect the data and see what it really tells you before you make the charts, I have seen so many times that people have done the presentation and added in the charts/number after and often they something different then recommended.

If you need any support you are welcome to give me a call. 

Kind Regards
Mads Sorensen
Disc 4536