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Workshop Preparation

Sharing your passion with others is great, but where do you start? Tackle these 30 tips to start off your workshop planning strong!

Organizing a workshop is a great way to share information and develop your skills! Which passion can you share?

Goal development is the first step to a successful workshop! Figure out what you want to achieve.

Know your audience. A more informed group usually means less introduction and more discussion.

Looking for a location? There are lots of great places in your community that might be able to help.

Come up with a catchy, attention grabbing title for your workshop. You want something descriptive, but enticing!

You can include a workshop in your portfolio or on a resume. Look for ways to show off your work

Figure out what you want participants to take away from your workshop. Keep that in mind as you plan.

Get the word out! Find some interesting and unique ways to spread the word about your workshop.

Plan plan plan. The more time you spend getting your thoughts in order, the less you'll have to worry about.

Plan out your day step-by-step. Have notes about timing too, so you know if you're ahead or behind schedule.

Think about what materials you'll need. If you need a sink, make sure you have access to one in advance.

Don't let the end of your event be the end of the conversation. Share your experience! Try blogging about it!

Leave yourself time to plan. Ideally, spread it across several weeks so you're not rushing the night before.

Always leave a bit of time after your workshop for questions and wrap-up conversations.

Do a practice run of your workshop with friends and family to help you feel more confident .

Have a backup plan. Find out if there’s tech support and have multiple copies of things in different formats.

Get a team together if you need one. A team can help by dividing up tasks into more manageable chunks.

Set a date and time and stick to it. Make sure you're clear with people about what you're offering.

Create a short biography of yourself to use when promoting your workshop. Explain why you're an expert.

Pictures are great for building your portfolio, but always get permission from attendees before taking them!

Brand your event. Use colours, fonts and images to make your event stand out from the rest.

Show up and check out your space early. Make sure there are enough outlets and that everything is working.

Make a budget. It's great to give every participant a goodie bag, but be realistic about what you can afford.

Know the maximum number of people you can manage. It will help you plan and get the right number of materials.

Worksheets can be a great way to plan your workshop! Look one up online to serve as a guide.

Brainstorm often. Take time to figure out what ideas are realistic, but only after you have a ton to pick from.

Make your event a welcoming place. Greet people as they enter and maybe even play some light music.

Figure out a timeline. You'll need to book a space before you promote. Even just an order for to-dos is helpful.

Do all your shopping early so you're not running around the day before looking for poster boards.

If you're planning an outdoor workshop, plan for bad weather. Tell people where or when you're rescheduling.