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Workshops That Really Work
The ABC’s of Designing and Delivering Sensational Presentations



© 2006 | 120 pages | Corwin

"Anyone who reads this book for personal reasons or adopts it for his or her school will soon discover the wealth of information it contains."
—Dr. Carol A. Mullen, Editor, The Mentoring and Tutoring Journal

"This book is thorough, informative, helpful, collegial, and supportive. A 'must-have' and great guide for everyone involved in professional development, training, or consulting."
—Genny DiTrani, Professional Development Consultant
New Jersey Education Association

Learn to share your expertise with the wider educational community!

As staff development moves from the district office to the school building, more teachers and administrators are being asked to lead workshops. Yet most educators have little or no training in adult learning.

In this practical guide, best-selling author and acclaimed presenter Hal Portner leads teachers through the step-by-step process of designing and presenting a successful workshop. Packed with proven strategies and ready-to-use worksheets, this insightful book provides information on learning style preferences, offers guidance to selecting and introducing activities appropriate to those styles, and touches on many of the unsettling issues a first-time presenter may face.

Features of the book include:

  • A workshop design planning form
  • Tips for overcoming stage fright and dealing with difficult participants
  • Ready-to-use workshop activities
  • Sample evaluation forms
  • Self-assessment worksheets for every stage in the process

Teachers and other educators who are presenting a workshop for the first time will find this an essential resource, while staff developers, trainers, and other seasoned consultants will value this book as a refresher or as a source for new ideas.

 
Introduction
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
1. Assessing Your Potential as a Presenter
 
2. Understanding Adult Learners
 
3. Designing the Presentation
 
4. Presenting the Workshop
 
5. Growing as a Presenter: Expanding Beyond Your Own School
 
Resource A: Learning Style Inventory
 
Resource B: Web of Connections
 
Resource C: Standing Offer
 
Resource D: Evaluation Letter
 
Resource E: Three Self-Check Lists
 
References
 
Index

"Anyone who reads this book for personal reasons or adopts it for his or her school will soon discover the wealth of information it contains. Novice presenters and those seeking to improve their presentational workshop style will encounter such important, community-centered notions as those involved in converting one's 'mental frames' into 'common frames' that are inclusive of one's participants and their ways of understanding. I highly recommend this book for any practitioner."

Carol A. Mullen, Editor
The Mentoring and Tutoring Journal

"This book is thorough, informative, helpful, collegial, and supportive. It is to all trainers and presenters what they themselves strive to be to all their audiences. A 'must-have' and great guide for everyone involved in professional development, training or consulting."

Genny DiTrani, Professional Development Consultant
New Jersey Education Association

"Throughout the book are a variety of exercises, tools, and tips for planning, designing, delivering, and evaluating workshops. This book can be a very useful resource for novice presenters and can even be of value to more experienced presenters."

PsycCRITIQUES, January 2006
Vol. 51

"Walks readers through the process of designing successful workshops, whether they are first-time presenters who need lots of support or seasoned educators who would benefit from some fresh ideas."

Curriculum Connections, Spring 2006

"An excellent resource for both new and experienced presenters. Breaks presentations into manageable pieces, allowing the reader to thoroughly understand and reflect on what makes an effective workshop."

NACADA Journal, Fall 2006

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