Taralee and I will be facilitating a short session at an all-day PD workshop on Program Outcomes Mapping and Planning. So far, we have had a very productive meeting about what the goal of the session is, and how to run it. We looked at:
What will follow us and how to tie into it
Tools (e.g. documents for completing the activities
Who is in our audience?
I think that we will be prepared. One thing that I have noticed is that presenters who work as a team, as we have been doing with the SharePoint sessions, build a rapport with each other that includes who will talk when, who will run around the room and keep members engaged, and when to move on to the next session.
One thing about the two of us is that we seem to have a very similar style of running workshops and sessions such as these. We don't over plan, we allow the session to unfold with as little coersion as possible. This allows us to respond to the needs of the particular group we are with. This may be a bit risky in the sense that we do not know what may arise and so may not be prepared. However, if we know why we are giving the session, we can focus on the eventualities that may arise from that context, avoiding over-preparation and minimizing the chances of running into an insurmountable problem..