In addition to retreats, Lead2Goals offers workshops which focus on topics like public speaking, team building, and affirmative leadership. Though our workshops are always rich in valuable content and actionable takeaways, there is one aspect we emphasize: fun. The question at hand, however, is how to make a workshop fun?
At Lead2Goals, we’ve found that having fun is essential to any learning experience, whether it’s in the workplace or in the classroom. Creating a lighthearted, yet serious, and enjoyable, yet challenging workshop is our formula for holding a successful workshop.
Here are some of our favorite tips on how to make a workshop fun!
1. Create a sense of community
The first step toward making your workshop fun is creating a sense of community for everyone involved. Participants in your workshop should feel that they belong with the people around them; in the workshop environment, finding similar interests, core values, attitudes, and/or goals will help foster a sense of community.
When the workshop begins, a great way to establish an instant community is through an ice breaker. This article lists 10 great ice breakers which will allow your participants to meet each other, get rid of the initial jitters, discover commonalities, and more!
2. Create a safe, comfortable environment
Our next tip on how to make a workshop fun is to create a safe, comfortable environment for sharing information.
We have all heard the phrase, “there is no such thing as a stupid question.” This mentality is one we should adopt when it comes to workshops. In order for a workshop to be fun, participants first need to feel comfortable and understand that they are engaging in a judgment-free zone.
To create a safe, comfortable environment, you should make it perfectly clear that each and every participant is there to learn and grow. Ask each participant to encourage the other participants by actively listening and practicing respectful behavior.
3. Encourage interactive learning
Once your workshop participants all feel comfortable, the real fun can begin!
As you delve into your workshop’s learning material, you should remember to encourage interactive learning. The last thing you want is to give a lecture; in other words, your main goal should always be to get everyone involved. Ask the participants questions, allow them to discuss their answers amongst each other, and encourage them to share with the entire workshop. Invite the participants to ask you questions or to share their relevant personal experiences.
When leading a workshop, always remember that, in addition to relaying valuable information, your goal is for the audience to retain what they have learned. The best way to do this is to allow engagement, sharing, and laughter.
4. Allow fun to naturally occur
Our last tip on how to make a workshop fun is to simply allow fun to occur naturally.
When planning your workshop, ask yourself what different types of activities you can incorporate to make your workshop fresh and interesting. Consider showing funny, relevant videos, playing learning games, using improvisation activities, and asking your participants to work together in teams. The ways in which you can make your workshop fun are endless; all you need is a little imagination!
How to Make a Workshop Fun
When you incorporate fun into your workshop, you allow learning to occur at a deeper level. Overall, your workshop will be a success if you follow the tips outlined above, allowing fun and learning to occur naturally!