We love sharing and celebrating great workshops and facilitation methods at SessionLab. If you’d like to share a template with the community and get exposure for your organization and methods, we’d love to hear from you!
You can kickstart the process by creating your session and following the instructions below!
Once that’s done, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and include a link to your session and we’ll be in touch.
Your template should include enough details so a person having this agenda would be able to effectively run the workshop or meeting. Include clear instructions for each activity and a complete step-by-step guide to running the workshop.
Want to see an example? Check out this Emotional Culture Workshop template for an example of what we’re looking for.
The session information should be populated and feature enough context to understand what the workshop is, why you would run it, and the expected outcomes.
Everyone loves images. Use screenshots, photographs, illustrations, and more to help guide people through the process and add them to your session blocks or as attachments.
Colour code your blocks so people can easily overview the session. Keep them consistent across the whole plan too!
Every block should have the instructions/steps necessary to run the task, alongside any relevant context. Strive to be simple, direct, and concise.
Try to explain the why of an activity where possible. People should understand why each activity is present in your agenda.
Add timings to your blocks so people can effectively run the workshop and schedule appropriately.
How to fill in your blocks
Here’s some advice on how you should fill in the various columns of your session plan.
Add a short description into the first text column
Brief summary of the exercise and its place in the process - think of this as where we put information both the facilitator and a potential client should see.
Add Additional information (facilitator notes) to the second column
Additional context or brief tips to help the facilitator understand and run this activity at a glance - think of this as where we’d put step-by-step instructions to help the facilitator run the session and understand the process at a glance.
Fill in Goals, Materials and detailed Instructions at the Block Details tab
Recap the goal of the activity and any materials that may be needed to run the activity. If you have any further notes and more detailed instructions than what you recapped under Additional information, you may add these under Instructions. These would typically include the type of information that you don’t need to see at first glance to understand what an activity is about. etc. Add remote-friendly tips where possible.
If you have any slides, handouts, or resources that can help a facilitator run the workshop or explain an activity, attach them here. Images can simply be inserted inline to the text description of your block
Include a brief explanation of why you’d like to feature the template in our public library and anything else that can help us see how the template would be useful to facilitators everywhere!