At some point in school, we are told to attend workshops to help out with the things we need. When we do get to the workshops, we think of how it may look and sound easy. The hard reality is setting up a workshop is not always a bed of roses, as some people may want you to believe. You have to go through a lot of things to plan it out. From the location, the tools and the materials, the length of the workshop, the schedule, the kind of workshop, the trainers, and even those who may be attending the workshop. Since you cannot predict what the flow of the workshop will be, making at least a workshop action plan will help you know what to expect in different situations.
A workshop action plan is a tool. A strategic tool used by workshop planners in order to assess, analyze and evaluate how a workshop should actually be. As mentioned, a strategic tool, it also helps those who plan to do workshops to write down strategies that will work and be open to any kind of situation. Since you are not able to predict how it may happen, the workshop action plan gives you a set of materials, objectives, and strategies to perform a good workshop. The goal here is to set up a workshop, the objective is to go smooth sailing. The action plan itself provides you with the right things to do.
So you are expected to make a workshop action plan in case something may not go according to plan. Your workshop action plan must also go with the desired outline you have planned for it. With this in mind, you may already have an idea of how your workshop action plan will look like, but you may also be wondering where and how to start. With that being said, here are some steps to guide you to make your workshop action plan fool proof.
Set up a smart goal for your action plan. The goal for your workshop action plan has to be specific, doable, possible. When you think of a workshop, what are you making it for? What is the reason for wanting to do this workshop? These sample questions can act as a guide for you in order to know what is your end goal for the workshop action plan? Don’t think of the strategies yet if you have no goal or an objective. Start small, start with your goals first. It should answer the question what.
The next thing you should be writing in your action plan is to focus. Focus on what you want your workshop to be and what it is about. This is where you are going to set up your objectives, what you expect and what should be done. The next step is a little bit difficult especially when you want your workshop action plan to be perfect enough to execute. To do that, you must focus. Ask yourself what you are expecting and write that down. The point of view of your workshop action plan from your mind may differ, but state them anyway. From there, the next step follows.
Strategies. This is the part where you are going to be listing every little strategy you have thought about. Whether these strategies are the ones you have used in previous workshop action plans or these are new strategies that you have done your research on for the action plan. Just make sure that these strategies are not impossible to do and they relate to your workshop action plan.
Last but definitely not the least for the tips is to update the strategies of your workshop action plan. If you are wondering why updating the strategies are necessary, no strategies may work on two workshop action plans. Whether they may still be about your workshop, you also have to understand that your strategies should work on a specific kind of workshop you are going to be doing. The same goes when you write your workshop action plan. Make it specific.
A workshop action plan is a kind of strategic and specific action plan that caters to the planning of a workshop.
Strategies help you in achieving what you want to achieve when you make your action plan. Without strategies, the entire action plan is incomplete and pointless. It is simply going to be used as a theorized guideline instead of a kind of plan that gives you a call to action.
This will depend solely on how you made your action plan. Did you list down all the strategies that will work for the action plan? Did you notice your goals and objectives are possible? Always check whether the information you write are doable and possible. Impossible things will make your action plan too difficult.
When you are tasked to make a workshop, you know by now that it takes a lot of careful planning to execute one. It also takes a lot of patience and of course an action plan to help you out. Strategies, goals, objectives all define your action plan. So be careful how you may want it to go.