After having two lectures (StigogStein) about how to plan and arrange a workshop earlier this week, Marianne and me arranged our very first workshop.
-write answers big on the wall. People like to share and se what others have answered. We like to see our own contribution on the wall. Ownership.
-keep one focus. It is enough with only one person taking notes or it will decrees attention. If you write on the wall, all the focus should be on the wall. If you sit around a table, all the focus should be on the table and so on..
-keep up the speed. The process becomes more productive with a moderate time pressure.
-try to motivate and engage the persons that is not contributing or is lacking focus. Do it in a positive and optimistic way.
-try to make people elaborate the answers if they are to diffuse or not to the point. Ask them "yes but -why do you think that ... -what is it with...-how did you...etc.
-it is much better to stand than to sit. People tend to get more engaged mentally when they move physically
-remember to take breaks.
-show pictures and make people evaluate them
-sessions tend to last longer than planned
-explain the task carefully so that everyone does the same thing (ex. when generating ideas they should be concrete, because then they will be easier to discuss
Feedback from tutors
-make decisions on what kind of social environment and social relationship we want to work with (family, strangers, friends, colleagues, classmates etc..)