I was more than delighted when I received the news that THE TELEGRAPH had featured my New Year 2019 Vision Board workshop as number three out of seven things to do in 2019.
Considering I hadn’t even approached them about featuring in their newspaper - it was a pleasant surprise when one of the attendees of my workshop announced how/where she had heard about this workshop.
It is my mission to support people in empowering and developing themselves into the best version of themselves and living beyond their wildest dreams, therefore it fills me with great pleasure when my work is recognised by great media players such as the BBC & THE TELEGRAPH.
Earlier this week (2nd Jan 2019), I was invited on BBC Radio for an interview with Sam & Liesje to talk about Vision Boards, Goal Setting and “New Year Resolutions”. The interview was a lot of fun and I enjoyed sharing my expert tips on all things personal development and events.
One of the first things we discussed on the radio show was New Year Resolutions vs New Year Intentions. Over the years, I have observed that when it come to New Year Resolutions, lots of people tend to tighten up around this concept. The word ‘resolution’ comes from the noun ‘resolve’. Resolving something usually suggests that there is a problem/something is wrong. This automatically triggers the brain/psyche in a negative way. I mean, let’s face it… No one enjoys problems, especially when these problems are personal to them, right? So I am not surprised by people’s flippant attitude towards this concept.
So I thought okay, how about changing the word ‘resolutions’ to INTENTIONS instead… Ahhhh, now doesn’t that sound better?
“I intend to lose weight” vs “I need to resolve my weight problem”
“I intend to travel the world” vs “I need to resolve my problem of not travelling the world”
Do you see the difference? Not only is it positive self talk which I strongly coach in my workshops but, it’s also a goal focused statement which the mind is highly likely to respond to positively therefore, making it more likely to stick to the intention and achieve the goal.
Follow the link to hear the full BBC RADIO interview (I come on air at 25 minutes).
Over the next few months, we will be posting a series of easy to follow guides on how to host, plan and manage all types of events.
Having 9 years' experience in planning and managing corporate events, weddings, private parties and workshops, we have developed effective 'Eventie Master Tips' and advice that we will be sharing with you in this series.
The following is a simple, yet POWERFUL guide that will help you identify what you will need in order to host a successful workshop.
Step 1: Create a Vision Board for Your Workshop
Aims, objectives and goals - find images, words and phrases that represent this and stick them on a board. Once this is complete, be sure to place this board somewhere where you can see it daily.
Why do you want to run the workshop?
How do you as a host want to feel during and after the workshop? - here is where you ensure your feelings are in positive alignment with your goals.
What impact d you want to make?
Who is your target audience? TIP: conduct market research on your target audience - who is your target demographic? Are there similar workshops already on the market?
How many people do you wish to host? TIP: we find that 10 - 16 participants is a good number to host without compromising on the quality of the workshop.
Content of the workshop - draft a rough agenda/programme.
Funding - will it be a paid or free workshop?
Sponsorship - partnering up with relevant partners or inviting guest speakers who could sponsor your workshop can add great value to your workshop.
Step 2: Venue Sourcing
A suitable and ideal venue for your workshop.
The size of the venue - is it big enough to fit the number of participants you have envisioned? TIP: size matters! Ensure it is big enough to accommodate the participants but not so big that you lose that intimacy factor that is required to make the workshop environment fertile.
Location - is it located in an area that is aligned with your target audience? e.g. is it easily accessible with transport links? Is there free parking available? Is it in a safe area? Is it in a trendy area where your target audience is likely to be?
Facilities - does it offer facilities that support your workshops? e.g. accessible toilets, refreshments, chairs, tables or accommodation.
Availability - is it available on your chosen date and time?
Step 3: Date and Time
A date and time that is synchronised with your target audience, e.g. if you are targeting working professionals choose a time that accommodates their working schedule.
A date that is far enough in advance. This gives participants enough time to schedule it in their diaries. TIP: we advise a 2 - 4 months lead time, this is highly dependant on the behaviour of your target audience and the type of workshop you are hosting.
Step 4: Invitations
Draft and send out invitations. TIP 1: be sure to collect relevant information like contact details, special considerations, dietary requirements etc. Knowing this information amplifies your hosting capacity. TIP 2: provide enough information to sell the event e.g. FREE parking, FREE food, the workshop content, guest speakers etc.
Creating marketing materiel for your workshops.
Creating social media campaigns to increase engagement.
TIP: as participants register, begin engaging with them prior to the event. This creates positive momentum.
Step 5: Catering and Logistics
Ensure you have prepared for everything to run smoothly.
Catering - everyone ALWAYS appreciates an occasion with food! Providing refreshments encourages participants to focus and keeps them from getting hungry and distracted. TIP 1: consider the time of your workshop, this will help you decide what kind of refreshments to provides, e.g. if it runs over lunchtime organise a lunch meal. TIP 2: meal times are a valuable informal networking opportunity.
Workshop Collateral - research and prepare relevant material for the workshop such as handouts and ice-breakers etc.
Arrange room layouts and seating plans - we find that U shape, Banquet and Boardroom layouts provide enough room for active participation in a workshop.
Recruit an assistant to help with preparations prior, during and after the workshop.
Step 6: Finalise Agenda
Return to your Vision Board and ensure you have covered everything in your aims and objectives.
Build in breaks - comfort breaks are always appreciated by participants. TIP: try and be flexible with your break schedule, observing your participants during the workshop will help you determine when to have a break.
Rehearse - run over the agenda and adjust timings and make additions if necessary.
Step 7: Conduct Workshop
Have a great time! Remember to breathe and enjoy the moment. Live out the vision that you created in the beginning.
Part of being a great host involves ensuring you are on hand to support participants should they have questions during the workshop.
Make sure you take photos for your records as well as, photos to engage with participants during the workshop and your social media followers. TIP: consider creating a social media #hashtag that you can use during the planning process, during the workshop and after the workshop.
Step 8: Post Workshop Engagement
After the workshop, maintain the positive energy and momentum created during the workshop experience.
Continue to engage those who attended as well as, those who were unable to attend. Follow up emails and social media engagements are effective ways of doing this.
Remember to request feedback which you can use to improve your future workshops.
Review your Vision Board and enjoy observing how your vision became your reality!
Begin planning the next one!
Is your goal for your business to one day have it’s very own building with your company name written across the front? Do you dream of buying a house by the lake with 6 bedrooms, 2 living rooms and a kitchen with a granite top island? Perhaps you want to travel the world and visit all the tropical destinations in the Caribbean and Asia?
What do your goals actually LOOK like?
Often we have these goals and dreams tucked away in the back of our minds, behind our fears and the endless ‘busyness’ of our daily lives.
This simple yet effective tool of visualising or having a visual representation of your goals, is a lot more powerful than you may think. As humans we have the ability to see the future before it actually happens. We can visualise how we believe the world is and begin to make it our reality.
The practice of visualising continues to be used by many successful figures and athletes, like Oprah Winfrey & Arnold Schwarzenegger to accelerate achievement of their goals.
The benefits of visualising include;
Activation of your creativity - you begin generating ideas to achieve your goal
Subconscious programming of the brain to recognise the resources you need achieve that goal
Building motivation - having that visual representation motivates you to take the necessary actions to get one step closer to achieving that goal
Law of attraction - this means bringing into your life the people, resources, and circumstances you need to achieve your goal by aligning your mindset, words and action with your goals (a separate post on this is coming soon)