Posted: Mar 21, 2017
By: Christine Wilton
Seven Tips to Make the Most out of a Workshop
Workshops provide a wide range of interactive learning experiences focusing on practical skills you can apply to your work. Although most workshops require no coursework outside of the classroom, learning requires action on your part. You need to own it and use it!
Whether you are attending an evening course, conference or participating in a customized offering at your organization, your participation is an important investment in yourself and your organization.
Here are my seven tips to make the most out of your time, money and energy.
1. Set a Goal
Read the course description and learning objectives. Is there something specific you would like to learn and improve? What outcomes do you want? This step will get you focused before you attend. Meet with your leader or colleague and share your goal to help create accountability.
2. Commit to Be Present
Clear your schedule, put your out of office on and get ready to focus. Put your phone away while you are in class, if you absolutely need to check-in, you can do so on a break. Learning requires concentration. If your mind is occupied with other things that need your attention, you cannot be fully engaged.
3. Connect with Your Classmates
Your classmates are another source of learning for you. When you get to know the other people in your class, you will build your network and further your learning. If you are attending with one of your colleagues, sit at different tables and try to connect and learn from new people.
Your actions contribute to creating a constructive and positive learning environment. Ask questions when something is not clear, listen to others, and share your experiences and opinions when your perspectives will contribute to the learning.
5. Take Notes
Make sure you record key concepts and action items. Condense all of your notes into takeaways at the end of each day. This will help you with the final tip, and you will be able to refer back to your notes in the months and years to come.
6. Create an Action Plan
The end of your course is just the beginning! It is now time for you to prioritize and decide what one to three actions or strategies you would like to apply. You can take some time to decompress, but do not wait too long to create your action plan. The longer you wait, the less chance there is that you will implement any changes. Block time in your calendar in the coming weeks and months to review your progress. How have you done? What more can you do? How are you going to do it?
Connect back with your leader or colleague after your workshop to share your learning and your action plan. This will help to keep you accountable and the verbal processing will help solidify your learning.
If you are wondering if one of our workshops would help your team, come try a course for free