A good workshop is a valuable tool. When provided at the right time, they can deliver the crucial ideas that bring a project to the next level. However, a bad workshop can be terrible for attendees, expensive for the hosts - and a waste of time for all.
We run a lot of workshops at Kin + Carta, and we attend a fair few as well - which got me thinking, recently, about the essential ingredients for success. Here's a quick share of my thoughts. Essentially, they cover three core areas:
- Good planning
- Good participation
- Good Outputs
Some of these seem obvious, but they are also easily forgotten - so if nothing else, I hope the below serves as an aide memoir for your next workshop. Let's take a look at the ﬁrst component - good planning.