6 original ideas to liven up your workshops and capture the attention of your audience

6 original ideas to liven up your workshops and capture the attention of your audience

Teach­ing in a work­shop is an art form in itself. The best teach­ers are capa­ble of grab­bing the atten­tion, mak­ing peo­ple laugh, help­ing them under­stand a com­plex sub­ject, and most impor­tant­ly, inspir­ing their stu­dents. Get­ting your stu­dents to engage requires prac­tice and expe­ri­ence, but a few orig­i­nal ideas can save you time in your own learn­ing to teach. Start with these 6 orig­i­nal ideas to make your work­shops more fun.


  1. Throw your stan­dard pre­sen­ta­tion in the bin
  2. Change the room lay­out
  3. Use props
  4. Sug­gest games
  5. Play some music
  6. Reward with prizes

1. Throw your standard presentation in the bin

Peo­ple all learn in dif­fer­ent ways. Some have a rather visu­al mem­o­ry and there­fore pre­fer images, videos or charts, while oth­ers are more recep­tive to speech and writ­ing, music, log­ic, or even phys­i­cal activ­i­ties.

When con­duct­ing your work­shops, try to com­bine a tra­di­tion­al oral teach­ing method with new meth­ods: audio­vi­su­al pre­sen­ta­tions, inter­ac­tive games, group work, etc. This will cre­ate a fun and inclu­sive learn­ing envi­ron­ment.

For exam­ple, you can start your work­shop with a quick Pow­er­Point pre­sen­ta­tion and then fol­low it up with a recent pod­cast clip. Lat­er, ask your stu­dents to write a short com­ic book about what they have learned and present it to the rest of the group.

2. Change the room layout

The rooms where work­shops are held are often arranged in the same way: with tables in a line and chairs around them. Ques­tion this and sur­prise your stu­dents by, for exam­ple, using foot­stools or, alter­na­tive­ly, high tables and, above all, by leav­ing space to move around and cir­cu­late. Move­ment encour­ages moti­va­tion and reflec­tion.

The choice of loca­tion also has an impact on the lev­el of engage­ment of your atten­dees. A bright, colour­ful space made of beau­ti­ful mate­ri­als will be more inspir­ing than a meet­ing room with white walls and no win­dows.

3. Use props

Props can make your teach­ing more com­pelling and engag­ing for your audi­ence. They can be used to rep­re­sent the sub­ject mat­ter of your work­shop or make a mock­ery of your theme to alle­vi­ate the dra­ma. Even though their use may make you look slight­ly ridicu­lous, the more you use them, the more effec­tive — and mem­o­rable — the con­tent of your les­son will be.

Your work­shop may well have a seri­ous theme, but peo­ple learn best when they have fun.

4. Suggest games

Need to hold the atten­tion of your audi­ence? Appeal to their com­pet­i­tive spir­it. Puz­zles, rid­dles, cross­word puz­zles, or mem­o­ry games are all good ways to keep your atten­dees cap­ti­vat­ed and focused on a goal. Set a time lim­it to liv­en things up.

Run a quiz at the end of each impor­tant part of your work­shop. This will allow you to see who has mem­o­rised what, reward the best learn­ers, and repeat the essen­tial teach­ings.

5. Play some music

Music can set the pace of your work­shop and ener­gise your stu­dents before your ses­sion and dur­ing breaks. Play fast tem­po music to wake them up, and turn down the tem­po when it’s time to con­cen­trate. For exam­ple, clas­si­cal music can help par­tic­i­pants con­cen­trate when they have com­plex tasks or group work to do.

Bonus idea: Bring instru­ments and invite par­tic­i­pants to play them between ses­sions. Not only will it be fun for them, but they will also be able to con­nect with each oth­er.

6. Reward with prizes

Work­shop stu­dents will be more moti­vat­ed to learn if their efforts are acknowl­edged and reward­ed. Give them a for­mal cer­tifi­cate first, and then con­sid­er rewards for each one. Spe­cial prizes can be giv­en out: best progress, fun­ni­est stu­dent, best team­mate, etc.

This will make them hap­pi­er to talk about it to peo­ple around them. Flat­ter their pride!

Prepare to organise workshops that your participants won’t soon forget.

Teach­ing is more often about enter­tain­ing an audi­ence than pro­vid­ing infor­ma­tion and knowl­edge. Make your work­shops fun, live­ly, var­ied and sur­pris­ing so that your par­tic­i­pants want to learn with you.

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