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How To Nail A Workshop — 5 Things To Get Right

We’ve delivered workshops on-site and remote for a long time. Our hosts and facilitators share how to run them successfully.

How Do You Craft A Conducive Workshop Environment?

Jason: Whenever we do workshops, we invite the client to come to our workspace to get them out of their comfort zone. So we set it up nicely, including key elements to make the workshop function.

How Do You Coordinate The Different Roles People Have In A Workshop?

Verena: Have a definite role distribution that it is clear who is leading the workshop, who is documenting, and so on.

What About Pre-Workshop, Any Tips For That?

Verena: Preparation is important in an on-site workshop, and even more important in the remote setup. Be super well prepared, have a plan B and be able to improvise! This means having the detailed agenda, prepared boards, all content prepared.

Prep is everything. The workshop will only be as good as you prepare it.

When hosting the workshop, always introduce the objective of an activity before starting it and end up with a summary of what we have achieved in the activity.

The Mood And Energy Levels During The Workshop Can Make A Big Difference. What Are Some Things You Do To Manage That?

Jason: An on-site workshop gives us the freedom to move around in the workshop space, and the people that facilitate can spread the energy. In a remote setting, it’s very static, so we have to think about how to fix that.

In remote settings especially I try to make people feel comfortable.

We tend to shy away from making comments that stay forever, so I want to challenge people’s opinions and thoughts but also make them comfortable enough over video to trust us.

As A Workshop Facilitator, How Can We Engage People Who Might Be Quieter?

Dina: There will be always someone in the group who is a bit more shy. Pro-actively ask the participant to share their opinion. Often it’s good to ask the person somewhere in the middle of an activity, rather than forcing them to be the first or last one. Dot-Voting tools are also great to include the opinion of everyone in the group.

(Left to right): UX Designer Lena Heinrich, UX Designer Verena Maier, Senior Business Designer Dina Tagabergenova and Project Lead Jason Rungassamy
The preparation of remote workshops needs special attention. Read on to see what needs to be done in the 24 hours before the session to ensure success



Remote Creativity by MING Labs comprises specifically designed templates for remote collaboration, including step-by-step guides, examples, and auxiliary information to make remote workshops more efficient, ranging from ideation over strategy, to research and design.

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