This past Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 I led my first public workshop about the Spiritual Grid Manifestation Technology which I have been developing over the past few years.
In attendance were the best people I could have imagined as they were extremely supportive of me.
I had the sheer guts not only teach this “out there” material in the public but I also had it professionally videotaped! So there were all sorts of technical issues that occurred that I did not plan for!!
The 60 minute tapes only lasted 40 minutes so we took more breaks. I fought the idea of wearing makeup only having to succumb to it in the end. I do admit that after seeing some of the video it is a good idea to wear makeup. My fear was that everyone would be able to actually see the makeup but all they really see is me! Without the makeup I would looked washed out so thank you to all who helped with that. I DID do my own hair though and all we had to do was brush it later in the day!
The person who was going to help assist me for the workshop was not able to make it so I was managing it all on my own. It was all perfect because I was given the opportunity to see what was necessary for next time.
There is sooo much more to consider when you are planning a LIVE event!
Here are some things I would HIGHLY recommend to anyone that is going to present a LIVE workshop:
1: Make a List of What is Necessary & Include the following:
Hire an assistant who is available to help you the entire week before your event and to attend your event. Have assistant take notes and make all the lists of things that must get done.
I suggest professional help with hair and makeup especially if you are planning to videotape your event. You will want help with lunch, handouts, binders, preparing space, nametags, checking in attendees, bringing materials to space, arranging chairs and tables, snacks, drinks, packing up at the end of the day and much more. Start planning in advance and keep a list of all that must be done. Include your assistant in every bit of the planning.
The only thing you want to be doing is preparing yourself and your material for the workshop!
2: Take Care of YOU!
Rest your body the week before your workshop. Get a massage. Get plenty of sleep. Exercise. Stretch. Make sure you eat regular and healthy meals and drink plenty of water. All of this will help you prepare your mind and body for the big day!
3: Create a Workshop Schedule
Have a general idea of what you will be speaking about and when. It is possible that you might change the schedule but having this will be a big help! Your assistant can help with this! Be sure to include plenty of rest breaks so that your attendees can be at their best. I provided a healthy array of snacks from my favorite store..If you can guess which store then tweet me at @wendygyoung. The first one who guesses correctly will win an iLoveU t-shirt from me. Yes! I will pack it and ship it myself!!
4: Meet with Vendors:
If you plan to videotape your event be sure to meet with potential videographers to get a feel for who they are. Ask for references and check them out. Do not pay for everything in advance. Give them a deposit and then pay them in increments along the way. Pay them after they have shot the video and given you the raw video. Then pay them in full only after you have received the final edited video unless you are editing on your own. Edit on your own only if you know how. You want to get your product out there in reasonable amount of time after you present.
Be sure to tour several meeting spaces before you make your decision. Consider the layout of the room and the additional services offered. Do they provide hot water for tea, bottled water and snacks? This is essential as your workshop participants must have something to drink during the day if you want them to have sustainable energy to listen to your presentation.
If you are planning an event do let me know and feel free to add any of your event planning ideas to this blog.