So most of us have been to some kind of training, conference session, breakout session, workshop, etc. Chances are if you’re working in non-profit you’ve been to more than a handful.
Question, was it worthwhile?
Did you leave feeling confident like you had something you could take with and present to your staff or coworkers?
Some of the words we throw around when talking about a good workshop are: dynamic, informative, pragmatic, useful, collaborative, and my favorite “fun”.
Being a former philosophy major I could talk in these broad terms all day, but for the purpose of this blog and for the sake of the future of workshops in Chicago I’d really like to find out what a “good” workshop experience is like.
So please, leave us a comment and let us know one of your “good” workshop experiences.
I think my best example of a good experience wasn’t actually through a non-profit workshop but a fiction writing class.
In these workshops the entire class would give constructive criticism (assuming they were in good moods) about one person’s particular fiction writing story.
A few things I found positive about the experience were that everyone shared the same short story to critique, everyone had something to add, and most people offered constructive feedback that helped bring something positive and pragmatic to the story being crafted. It was fun to laugh with the comments of fellow students.
Even more, one person’s feedback would trigger comments from others and others and so and and so forth. So by the end you came out with not only a dynamic web of new knowledge but the development of a new product.
I left the workshop with direction and confidence.
I think these same principles can be applied to nonprofit training sessions. So again, lets hear some stories of good nonprofit workshops.
Thanks very much,
One Good Deed Chicago
Illinois Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA
at the Mayor’s Office.