Intro to Workshop Design
In this informative hour-long mini-workshop, you’ll learn how to set your workshop's agenda to maximize participation.
August 3, 2022
What to expect
Professional Virtual Facilitation
Facilitators lead and guide teams through important virtual and in-person gatherings (think: “lockdowns,” working sessions, strategic meetings, etc.) to achieve better outcomes. They are skilled at developing focused agendas, leading collaborative activities, remaining impartial, and keeping participants on task. Even if you are not a professional facilitator, many of us have to play the role of facilitator at key moments in our day-to-day work. Here’s your chance to learn tools to do it more successfully.
What You'll Learn
Keeping virtual meeting participants engaged requires more than an agenda. We will coach you how to leverage new paradigms like virtual liberating structures, sensemaking, capturing virtual room intelligence, how to pivot when virtual challenges come your way, and drafting the correct narratives as the backbone of your agenda. Lastly, we will show you how to capture feedback so that each member in the meeting is leveling up.
How You'll Learn
The class will be activity-based with facilitation simulations and collaborative sessions. You’ll have the chance to try new facilitation approaches and frameworks in a safe space. We won’t just talk at you — you’ll learn through doing, work with other participants, and get feedback. There will be plenty of time for Q&A, so you can learn from our experience running hundreds of workshops at some of the world’s largest enterprises.
Deep Work Session 1
Deep Work Session 2
Deep Work Session 3
Deep Work Session 4
Who Should Attend
Who want to hone their virtual facilitation craft.
Seeking to improve virtual planning, grooming, and retro sessions.
Looking to add new tools and concepts to your virtual tool belt .
Coming to the realization that facilitated leadership in the virtual landscape is the future.
Your unique mix of strengths and weaknesses
Simple virtual tools to transform everyday meetings
Strategies to address meeting dysfunction
A personalized plan for your meeting culture
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As Associate Director and Head of Design at the MSU Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology, Erik guides the Hub’s design strategy and design operations, supports Hub project teams as they execute the project portfolio, and helps to infuse design and design thinking across strategic planning for MSU. He has facilitated a variety of courses and workshops focused on designing learning experiences, teaching and facilitation, innovation, design, and organizational change. He earned his B.A. in English Literature from Western Washington University, M.A.T. in Secondary English Education from Brown University, and Ph.D. from Michigan State University in Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education.
What People Are Saying
"Anyone that can construct a sequence of conversations to lead others is a metaskill. Anyone who participates in meetings or owns an agenda would benefit from this. It is a whirlwind, but you are among others who are in charge of making an impact. This is a practical, hands-on deep dive for managers, entrepreneurs, and leaders who can change their culture by leading meetings like a pro.
I realized my entire role is facilitation. I have to do a lot of lateral influencing. So I use these skills even if it is not a super-structured workshop. Our product team has micro meetings all the time, and these methods help us get the most of those moments. My team can lean on me to facilitate. You will redesign the way you have conversations. I can’t believe every college student doesn’t have to take a class like this. This is how you collaborate. It is the underpinning of the future of work.
Apply for a Diversity Scholarship
A key part of our mission is to support diverse facilitators from different methodologies, backgrounds, races, genders, sexual orientations, cultures, and ages. If you are a part of, or serve, a traditionally underrepresented group and feel that this scholarship would allow you to amplify this mission, please apply now.
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