Workshop Exercises Playbook

Techniques

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Important for this playbook

Workshops are more than just gatherings of people discussing a topic; they are highly structured events that require careful planning and skilled facilitation to be successful. With the right techniques, a workshop can transform from a simple meeting into a powerful tool for collaboration, innovation, and problem-solving.

This playbook contains the core methods you need for planning and facilitating successful workshops. These strategies are the bedrock of effective workshop management, honed over years of practice by seasoned facilitators.

In this category, you’ll find a range of exercises that cover different aspects of workshop planning and execution. Whether you’re mapping out your workshop agenda, structuring participant interactions, or managing group dynamics during the session, this playbook offers the tools you need.

By mastering these core techniques, you’ll be well-equipped to plan and facilitate workshops that engage participants, foster collaboration, and drive meaningful outcomes.

These workshop exercises are part of the Workshop Patterns printed card deck.

A collection of workshop exercises that will help you ditch dull meetings and facilitate with confidence. It will help you master the design process and have more productive time with your team. The card deck will be ready for purchase in the end of 2023 and is now undergoing rigorous testing.

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Affinity Mapping

Organize and cluster ideas and data based on natural relationships

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Card Sorting

Discover how people group and label ideas and information

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Parking Lot

Park unrelated questions or topics to keep the workshop on track

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Playback

Share progress to the broader group

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Poster Session

Visualize and share ideas

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Return on Time Invested

Assess meeting impact and gather feedback

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Safety Check

Gauge how comfortable people are speaking openly

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Silent Storming

Brainstorm silently and individually for a set amount of time

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Talking stick

Maintain focus and keep participants from zoning out

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Timeboxing

Help groups stay focused and on track by limiting time for discussion

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