Running an Effective Workshop
During DECA ELS I learned a valuable lesson on what it takes to run a fully effective workshop. An effective workshop needs to be completely organized before it actually happens. Leave 5 minutes so that your audience can find their seats and settle down. Start off with an introduction and an energizer in order to get the attention of your audience. State your core message to make sure your audience knows exactly why they are there. These two processes mentioned in this paragraph will take a total of 5 minutes between your introduction, energizer, and core message. Then get into your first sub-topic of the workshop followed by a stimulus to get the energy back in the room and to transition into your next sub-topic and repeat the process into your third sub-topic. Each of your sub-topics and stimulus should each take 6 minutes, adding up to 18 minutes. In the middle of your second and third sub-topic you will want to create an activity that will be applicable to what your workshop is attempting to accomplish as well as get them refreshed and ready to continue processing the information you are giving them. This activity should be around 11 minutes. Lastly, conclude your workshop and reinforce the core message you are giving and answer questions anyone has. This will take about 6 minutes. In total your workshop has lasted exactly 45 minutes!