Discombobulation, Fire-Breathing Dragons and Wet Noodles: Creating Productive Workshops in Scary Situations

Workshops! We go in with big hopes for collaboration, collective insights and great ideas. Then come out with… a whole bunch of post-it notes and unresolved arguments.

Running a great workshop means being prepared to deal with a lot of potential situations, including: the fire-breathing dragon, who tries to dominate the workshop with angry naysaying; the wet noodle who won’t participate; and the utter discombobulation scene when the workshop goes totally off track.

In this session, Beth Koloski of EffectiveUI will give practical advice for dealing with these and other common, but scary, situations in running workshops. She will also talk about situations you’ve faced in your own workshops, and provide additional ideas of particular exercises that work well for design workshops.