Skills-Building Workshop Guidelines
Skills-building workshops should provide participants with the opportunity to develop new SBCC skills. These sessions should NOT be structured as a lecture but rather should be interactive and participatory.
Most skills-building sessions have been allotted 75 minutes to complete the workshops. A limited number of skills-building workshops have been allotted two back-to-back time slots. You should already have been notified if your workshop occupies a double time slot.
Tips for Planning your Workshop
- Make sure your session has clear learning objectives and outcomes.
- Ensure that facilitators are knowledgeable and experienced in the subject matter of your workshop.
- Balance your workshop with a combination of theory/explanation and practice, large and small group work and presentations from participants.
- Develop handouts and worksheets that can enhance learning during the sessions.
- A laptop connected to a projector with wireless and audio capability will be available in each workshop room.
Tips for During the Workshop
- Arrive at your venue at least 15 minutes before the session to ensure all presentations and audiovisual arrangements are properly set-up.
- Bring an electronic copy of your presentation with you, along with any printed handouts and worksheets to the session.
- Make sure you have time at the beginning for introductions (particularly of the facilitators but also of participants if the group is small enough) and housekeeping.
- Review the rules of etiquette you expect from the participants to ensure your workshop runs smoothly.
- Begin by reviewing the agenda and clearly state the learning objectives and outcomes of the workshop.
- During group or plenary discussions encourage participation by asking thought-provoking questions; provide opportunity for everyone to participate.
- Ensure the discussions are not off topic and stay focused on the workshop objectives.