Knowing how to read your audience and adjusting the workshop to meet their needs is a skill that helps you stay on time and meet the needs of the group.
- All right, it's the day of the workshop…and you're ready to go.…Let's talk about how you keep things on track…as the event unfolds.…A large part of being a great facilitator…is keeping thing on time.…You should already have a well-thought-out learning plan…with accurate time estimates for each section.…I always keep the agenda in front of me,…with timing clearly marked so I can easily see where we are.…I also put notes about timing in my slide deck…so I know if I'm on track, ahead, or behind…at any given moment.…
At the same time, there needs to be some flexibility…so you can let a valuable conversation continue,…or reign in an unproductive activity.…Your participants will be very appreciative…if you start and end on time.…They'll also be very appreciative…if you can adapt to their needs…while achieving the goals of the workshop.…So your agenda needs to be a loose plan…that you adjust as needed.…Here's some strategies you can use.…First, explain a bit about your role.…I find it helpful to tell my audience…that I am both the timekeeper and goaltender.…
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- Facilitating adult learners
- Best practices in workshop design
- Understanding your participants
- Designing the right activities
- Preparing the logistics
- Facilitating the workshop
- Keeping things on track
- Increasing participation and collaboration
- Solving unexpected problems
- Dealing with challenging dynamics
- Creating closure