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Killer workshops – what do they look like

I’m currently writing a workshop for a client, and soon hope to start work on a new workshop series for my own business (lots of modules on all types of design-related topics – will tell more as I go).

I’ve been writing and teaching workshops for a long time – I think I what works and I know what I like.

But rather than assume, I thought I’d ask you. What makes a killer workshop? How important is the balance between:

  • Most time spent on solid theory
  • Real-life stories and case studies
  • Practical activities during the workshop
  • Discussions with other people in the workshop
  • Materials to follow-up with later
  • Trust that the presenter has experienced what they are teaching
  • Being inspired

Can you live without some of these things? Is it OK to have nothing to use later but leave feeling inspired? Is it better to pack in lots of theory but not get time for discussions and activities?

What’s your idea of a killer workshop? (and is anyone teaching them?)

One Response to “Killer workshops – what do they look like”

  1. Linda Says:

    This is partly from professional workshops, and partly from music workshops: I want to leave with directly applicable new skills. It might even be one new skill. Ideally, a handout with places to look for even more information would be great, but if I walk out knowing *how* to do something (not just having learned *about* it), then I’m happy.

    Discussions often help, because people often have the same questions or misunderstandings about the material, or have their own “tips and tricks” to add.

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