WoW – My Workshop on Workshops
This is my thank you card from the ladies. Isn’t it gorgeous. It even sparkles.
I have to say thank you right back at them, because I learned a lot from them and had a great time.
What went wrong?
1. Angst over the music
Remember the tune, “I’m too sexy”. That’s the one.
I used it to introduce the activity of designing a workshop on How to Create a Sexy Hero using a graphic organizer. I embedded it into my PowerPoint presentation.
I worried about it, because my computer gave me a message that the link wasn’t safe. Argggggghh. I imagined foreign malware spies corrupting my computer…my life with insidious viruses. And I have a good imagination.
To make a long story short, I fretted about it for days and even complained to you guys on my blog, and then I deleted it and put in a new link (crossing my fingers that its source was safe). It worked. People laughed.
2. The disappearing chart stand
A week before my workshop I went to the library and arranged for a specific chart stand with paper to be in the room. It wasn’t. The front desk said they knew nothing about it. Grrrrrr. I improvised with a large white board and some paper we found in the cupboard.
3. The not-sticky stickies
For one of the openings I demonstrated, I wanted to have the participants write down their ideas on stickies so that we could easily compile them into a chart.
But the stickies were not sticky. No wonder they were such a great deal in the Dollarama. They were just pieces of colored paper. Luckily I had masking tape with me. You could call it presenter’s duct tape.
The moral of my story: Even when a workshop appears to be perfect it isn’t. Behind the scenes the material is masking taped together with a lot of crossed fingers and invisible elbow grease.
What Went Right?
1. The audience rocked
Twelve women attended. They were interested in the topic, responsive, smart and fun. Together we laughed and we learned.
2. Walking the walk
I demonstrated everything I talked about and that always works. For example, when I talked about scaffolding information and the importance of teaching, modeling and then assigning practice, I modeled the practice part by giving a mini-lesson on “How to Have Good Sex…in a book,” using a graphic organizer. I had their attention.
The feedback has been positive so far. One dear friend whispered in my ear half way through, “Awesome, awesome, awesome,” and at the end gave me a bouquet of flowers. My heart runs over with gratitude. I love my writing chapter.
Moral: When you give something of yourself to the world you are always repaid a million times over.
I enjoyed giving my workshop and look forward to taking part in the workshops the ladies are planning. Though maybe not the one on enemas (We have a nurse in our group with a wicked sense of humor).
Your turn. Do you have a workshop story or moral to share?