Workshop - Term Overview

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The term workshop has become popular in business, which serves to designate a particular training event and / or training, in which employees or workers meet and learn skills or exercise their talents, in favor of improving a specific area of ‚Äč‚Äčtheir performance.

The workshops are intensive courses, which are attended to develop a talent or skill as quickly and in a focused way as possible, that is, always with an eye on the benefits that the organization will have by providing its team with these training tools.

For this, the workshops are usually in the hands of a specialist or professional in the area to be developed, usually hired under the figure of an outsourcing.

While they often have a theoretical or talk part, the workshops are usually dynamic and tend to go straight to the point, so they encourage participation and an active, participatory attitude on the part of the attendees.

In that they differ from lectures or courses. In addition, they don't usually deal with knowledge of a general nature, but rather applied: with a workshop you always seek to solve a problem or enhance a talent.

Likewise, these types of events are usually short (4 hours maximum) and sporadic, so that they involve intensive work that hinders the operation of the company as little as possible. They are usually shorter than a seminar or a course, and also much more versatile: teamwork, specific talents, customer service, training, accident prevention, etc.

Tips for conducting a successful workshop

For a workshop experience to be successful, the following is recommended:

- Choose the space: A workshop is an experience with a lot of focus on problem solving or teamwork growth, which takes place in a short time. Therefore, it should be carried out in a space that doesn't hinder the experience: without sudden problems, with services verified in advance, where those involved comfortably fit and, if possible, that gives them a feeling of warmth, trust and intimacy, to encourage participation and not make them feel exposed.
- Have the appropriate support material: A good workshop always has more material available than it uses during the session, so that it can adapt its strategies to the public, since not everyone learns the same or reacts the same to the same stimuli. It's a good idea to have visual material with an impact, easy to understand, that encourages concentration and not distraction or dispersion.
- Maintain a good rhythm: It's estimated that the attention span of the human being lasts about 45 continuous minutes, which is why the academic hours have that duration (and not 60 o'clock). In this sense, the rhythm of attention should be maintained during its peak points and then rest, through changes of activities or tone, so as not to overwhelm and "burn" the group. Intensive, after all, doesn't mean exhausting, nor overwhelming. A 4-hour workshop should have at least a fifteen-minute break in between for attendees to rest mentally.
- Accredit attendees: Those who attend a workshop do it to grow and improve, but they must also feel that they have acquired something valuable, something to put on their resumes. For this, accreditations and diplomas are always a good idea.

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