Creating Balance in Design

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In every workshop, you’ll have two goals: to cover the content you set out to deliver and to create a safe space and positive rapport with your participants. It’s important to balance activities and games with discussions and lectures to create momentum in the workshop and foster learning amongst participants. When you’re designing your workshop, try to balance

  • Doing fun activities with doing serious analysis
  •  Having a quick discussion with generating a more in-depth conversation
  • Encouraging participants to reflect inwardly with asking participants to share their experiences with the group

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When you are planning your workshop, keep in mind the number of participants, their age and ability, and what kind of equipment (props, pens, paper, speakers, iPod, projector, etc.) you’ll need to conduct your workshop. If you spend an hour or so preparing your workshop ahead of time, you’ll be thankful for it as you facilitate.  

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