Attending a workshop or conference can feel daunting, but most likely you will walk away with new information and a fun experience under your belt. Here are some tips to help you make the most of attending a workshop.
- Be Open-minded
It’s no fun to attend a workshop if you do not feel like being there. Not only are you missing out on a great opportunity, but the rest of the group is missing out on your energy! Go into any workshop ready to try anything. This will help you to stay engaged and you will feel more comfortable doing an activity you might be normally shy about trying.
2. Be Observant
If you’re feeling shy or unsure about the content of the workshop, keep an eye on what everyone else is doing and saying. If you have a question, chances are others do too. Observing can help you to learn about the topic from the perspective of someone other than the leader and you can pick up their best tips for interacting in a workshop setting.
3. Participate in Debriefing Activities
Participating in a debriefing helps the leader know how they can change their workshop for the next time. This feedback is helpful for them to better accommodate the needs of those taking their workshop. Be honest about what you learned and already knew, but also be kind and professional with your feedback.
This post was written by Assistant Firm Director, Joei DeCarlo.