Learn how to design and facilitate educational workshops that engage and inspire.
In this 7-part free email course, you’ll learn the fundamentals to design and deliver your own educational workshop.
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Workshops are the future of learning
As the world changes faster than ever, we all need to keep learning.
One of the best ways to learn is through workshops.
Whether run in-person or online, workshops are about connecting with others, applying ideas, and trying things out.
They’re about getting hands-on, experimenting, and testing out something new.
They’re about getting stuck, making breakthroughs, and seeing another way of doing things.
They’re not about sitting still obediently, listening to an expert who’s up on a pedestal. They’re not one-way, and they’re not hierarchical.
Here’s what bestselling author, teacher, entrepreneur and workshop creator Seth Godin has to say about the power of workshops:
“Workshops are about the cohort.
The other students. The people you meet, the people you learn from and the people you teach.
Workshops involve work, not the compliance inherent in testing and certification.
I’ve been a teacher my entire career, and the workshops we’re running now are the most effective way I’ve found to help people level up.”Seth Godin
Workshops aren’t necessarily for absolutely everything and everyone, but with thoughtful design they can be utilized to support learning around all sorts of topics: from cybersecurity awareness to calligraphy; non-violent communication to navigating a new career.
With workshops becoming the future of learning, there’s huge opportunity opening up to people who are able to design and teach them.
The rise of the workshop creator
Being able to design and run your own workshops is a fantastic way to share your knowledge and ideas, and empower others to go out and do the same.
Becoming an accomplished workshop creator is a real superpower – and the two underpinning skills of process design and facilitation are now key competencies in the modern world of work.
These are skills that aren’t getting automated any time soon. They’re hugely valuable – whether you’re working within a company, building a business of your own, or supporting others as a freelancer or consultant.
What’s the secret to creating workshops that… work?
The best workshops are energetic, educational, fun, and impactful.
Unfortunately, many aren’t.
A lot of workshops suffer from a common set of problems that can kill an audience’s energy, overcomplicate concepts, or get the teacher in a twist.
If you’re new to creating workshops, going out and running your own session may feel a little daunting.
There’s so much to think about:
what if the slides don’t work?
what if everyone in the room is an expert?
what if I forget what to say?
Perhaps your current feeling on workshops (and maybe even education more broadly) looks a bit like this:
For a long time, my own viewpoint was, in fact, all three of these things.
I really didn’t like school or university much, and the idea of being cooped up in a room for hours on end wasn’t exactly appealing.
As for the idea of running one of these things? No way (in fact, my mum is still surprised when I tell her I’m running a workshop for 50, 100 or 200 people – after all, I’m an introvert who disliked school).
But the skills you need to design and facilitate an engaging workshop are absolutely possible to learn. They’re also skills that are both long-lasting and transferable.
Workshops can be amazing – I’ve seen first hand on dozens of occasions how impactful they can be. And they can be really fun too – for your audience, and for you.
Yes, you heard that right: fun. Even if you’re terrified of public speaking or don’t think you have any design skills.
It’s not just novices who can benefit from developing their workshop abilities.
If you’re an experienced teacher or facilitator, you may be interested in refreshing your skills, getting a few new ideas on how you can level up your current sessions, or transforming existing content into a workshop format.
Or perhaps you already run workshops for business strategy or finding alignment in a team’s operations, and want to make these even more effective. The core principles of educational workshops can lift these kinds of workshops too.
Wherever you’re coming from and whatever level you’re at, I’ll show you how to confidently design and run interactive, educational workshops that engage and inspire audiences.
Let’s get into it…
Welcome to the Workshop Creator free course
This email course will help you create better workshops so you can share your skills and expertise with the world in new ways, and continue building your workshop superpowers.
I’ve been involved in the design and facilitation of over 800 hours of workshop content for audiences around the world – from C-suite executives at Fortune 100 companies to startup founders, non-profit organizations, and groups of 5-year-old kids.
In this course, I’m sharing what I’ve learned so you can create your own high-quality educational workshops. Along the way, you’ll hone your skills in project planning, content design, communication, public speaking, and much more.
Since there’s so much material, I’m splitting it out into 7 lessons that I’ll send you one day at a time (weekdays only, so the weekend is clear for other things).
I’ll also share some other tools and resources that helped me along my journey as a workshop creator.
Each lesson is bitesize, actionable, and completely free.
You’ll also have lifetime access so you can revisit the course whenever you like.
Who this is for?
This course is for you if:
- You’re a subject matter expert and want to offer a new platform from which to share your knowledge (and perhaps build a new revenue stream too)
- You’re a professional who wants to build skills in process design and facilitation that you can use in the workplace
- You’re already a teacher or trainer and want to explore ways to bring existing curriculum into a new format
What you’ll learn
You’ll learn how to:
- Design a simple, powerful and scaleable workshop/short course format
- Create clear and specific learning objectives
- Utilize some of the most important elements of effective facilitation when working with a group
- Avoid common pitfalls
Over the 7 days of this email course you’ll create…
And much, much more.
You’ll also learn why…
Ok, this all sounds great – but why should you give permission for me send stuff to your inbox?
A very fair question.
Here’s a little more about me.
I’ve designed and facilitated education experiences spanning 1-hour workshops to 3-month accelerator programs (and just about everything in between), and for audiences ranging from senior leaders at Fortune 100 companies to early-stage entrepreneurs and 5-year-old kids.
I’m a facilitator with leading international education companies Decoded and Hyper Island, a mentor at The New School and BUILD NYC, the curriculum lead for the City of New York’s AMP NYC accelerator program, and a professional certified coach working with companies and individuals in the digital creative economy.
I also host the ‘Tickets’ podcast focused on the intersection of education and experiences, featuring guests from companies such as Airbnb, The New York Times, Sonar Festival and Duolingo.
Perhaps most importantly, I’m on an ongoing search for the perfect breakfast.
What they say
Here’s what people have said about the teaching and facilitation work I’ve done with them:
‘Extraordinary, one of the best teachers I’ve had in any environment’
“Very very impressive. Explained concepts in a way I was able to understand very well and kept it very engaging”
“Engaging, humorous, helpful, knowledgeable, thorough, smooth. Very much enjoyed the past two days”
“Fun, dynamic, hands-on, funny, great energy, and full of information”
“An amazing educator and an awesome cheerleader”
‘Professional, approachable, helpful, original’
“Howard is hilarious, a great storyteller, and very informed”
“Awesome! Dynamic and engaging”
What you’ll get
- 7 daily lessons via email
- Links to tools and resources you can use right away
- Real-life examples from sessions I’ve successfully built and run
- Bonus content for diving deeper
What you won’t get
- I don’t have an adult education or psychology PhD, nor do I have a teaching degree. There are a few instructional design tips in this course, but if you’re looking for deeper dives into that area there are other resources available; this course is intended to get you up and running with a solid workshop or short course rather than teach you to be a teacher or learning designer
- Loads of long videos. There are a couple of videos and a few diagrams, plus words of course. Each lesson is designed to be quick to action and takes less than 10 minutes to go through
- To keep it bitesize and snappy, this course doesn’t focus much on slide and presentation design. As a starter, it’s worth looking up Andy Raskin and Guy Kawasaki for some good tips on that side of things
- If there’s something you’d hope to see included, please let me know – I’d love to hear from you
Get started now. It’s free. No spam, no gimmicks.
Want to learn more?
- I run regular in-person workshop design sessions in New York City, London, and Amsterdam – drop me a line to inquire about the next set of dates.
- Looking for support in building and delivering workshops at your company? Contact me to talk about consulting
- Got a more general question about workshops? I’d love to help if I can – contact me here.
- Want to learn more about me and my work more broadly? Head to my bio and origin story