Recently, I hosted an in-person Find Your Word workshop at LEAD Filipino’s Annual Event, the Fly Pinay Leadership Summit. A bunch of chatter showed up because this was the first in-person coaching workshop I’ve ever done for my practice after launching it in October 2022. I’ve delivered coaching workshops online over the last two and a half years, and I didn’t know if I could migrate the content displayed through shared screen systems into a live and personalized format. I had a two-to-three-week lead time to move this online version to in-person and wanted to share the Top Three Tips I learned in this experience.
1.Focus on your Content.
When your focus moves to worrying about logistics, conditions of the room, attendance, and event details, you are shifting some of your creative energy from your workshop to the presence you will bring to your attendees. Be sure to check into any facilitator meetings that will give you an overview of what you need to know around the event, obtain answers to your questions, and follow up on all the essentials that will set you up for success. You don’t have to sweat the small stuff. (Yes, I am a big fan of Richard Carlson’s Book Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff). Sweat about the stuff that is in your control. Your content and your presence.
2. Embrace Improvisation
I’ve had the good fortune of being around a creative partner who has studied and does improvisation. Watching his journey from novice student to steady performer and integrating improv into other activities gave me an opportunity to embrace some of the principles from that world. Some of which helped me in being present in front of people instead of a screen. If you have an opportunity to check out a local improv troop, do it!
If not, check out this video from a Bay Area Local's Live Clickbait.
3. Pre-Workshop Packing
Just like any other trip, move, or special event, making sure you have all your workshop materials is an important component in creating ease for moving from one physical location to another. The goal we are looking for is preparation. Not just in equipment but also in mindset. Preparation is all about opportunity meeting luck; consequently, practicing mindfulness in the preworkshop packing step offers us a chance to perform a “run of show” like exercise the day of our event.
I hope these tips help you in your next in-person workshop event. As you try these out for the first or third or tenth time, you will discover new things along the way. Pause and reflect on these key learnings and I encourage you to continue fine tuning your experience, so each workshop improves over time.
Elaine Dizon is a Filipina American Life and Mindset Coach, speaker, storyteller, mother, and runner. She is also a recognized Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion at AT&T. In her coaching practice, life-intention-action, she uses an iterative approach to support her clients in deepening their core values, tapping into their inner wisdom, and creating habits and rituals that support their goals. She helps clients get out of their own way, move past stopping points, and to reckon with fixed mindsets that disrupt showing up authentically in professional and personal spaces through brain training exercises and tools geared towards mindfulness.