Six Tips for Crafting Successful Workshops: A “Yes, And” Approach



One common inquiry we receive at Strategic Play revolves around designing workshops tailored to specific needs, whether it's a tight time frame, a particular group size, or a unique topic. Our approach is rooted in a "yes, and" mindset, allowing us to collaborate effectively with organizers while delivering outstanding results within their constraints.


The 'Yes, And' Mindset:

Embracing a “yes, and” mindset enables us to navigate the challenges of time and resources, ensuring both organizers and end users benefit from the workshop experience. By actively listening and asking insightful questions during the pre-consultation phase, we gather essential information to craft a proposal aligning with client expectations.


The Design Process:

Upon proposal acceptance, we embark on designing a winning framework for the workshop. Collaborating closely with organizers, we provide an overall plan that leaves room for flexibility. Unlike a detailed agenda, this approach allows for adjustments on the fly, fostering the agile and adaptable mindset crucial for success.


Tips for Effective Workshop Design:

  1. In-Depth Understanding: Rather than promote a prepackaged solution, take advantage of the initial stages to ask questions that will allow you to grasp the organizer's specific requirements.
  2. Unique Workshop Recognition: Never assume workshops will mirror previous events; every workshop is distinct.
  3. User-Centric Approach: Include questions about end users to comprehend their needs and expectations.
  4. Partnership Building: Emphasize your shared commitment to success by establishing a collaborative relationship with the organizers.
  5. Managing Expectations: Be transparent when communicating any concerns; this will help to allow for joint problem-solving.
  6. Ongoing Communication: Keep organizers informed about the progress, providing updates and maintaining a sense of comfort throughout the process.
Recognizing the live nature of workshops, our strategy emphasizes adaptability and flexibility. Even with a structured agenda, we advocate for an overall description approach, allowing for real-time adjustments. While this may seem challenging to those who are just starting out, chunking the agenda into manageable sections facilitates agility.
Designing  and delivering successful workshops is an art that requires a creative mindset and a willingness to explore innovative approaches; not to mention, it takes a lot of practice. By staying open to new ideas, actively involving organizers, and adapting to changing dynamics, our “yes, and” approach at Strategic Play consistently delivers workshops that uncover valuable insights and leave a lasting impression on participants.
If you are looking for more information on ways to design and develop winning frameworks using play-based methods, including LSP, email us for more information.

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