You’re running a 2-hour workshop for, say, 6-10 people. Have you tried Data Placemats? Here’s how to do it.
- Put everything you’re going to discuss on a single A3 page.
- In particular: have some graphs, diagrams, and big questions that need answering.
- The last item, in the bottom right, should be: “So, where do we go from here?” or “So, what can we do to help you?”
- Make the sheet look nice – like an infographic
- Mail it out a week early, as a PDF, and tell the participants to think about it.
On the day
- Put coffee on the table.
- Discuss the items in order. Have a Chairperson who can keep discussion focused.
- Forget having a PowerPoint. Don’t even turn the projector on. this is a round-table discussion.
- Ask participants to scribble their ideas on the sheets as you go.
- At the end, collect the sheets.
- Collate the participants’ ideas and incorporate them into the same design.
- Make it look nice.
- Email it back to them.
Why this is a great way to host a workshop
- It doesn’t ask the participants to do much prep.
- Because they don’t have to do much prep, they will do the prep.
- It keeps discussion focused.
- By supplying data on the sheet, you can lead the discussion where you need it to go.
- The participants feel ownership of the sheet, because they provide the answers.
- If the sheet looks nice, the participants might actually keep it.
- It’s fun.