Who has the time for sitting in an airless room full of people thinking about what they really should be doing back at their desk, or passively enjoying the ‘escape’ from the office in the safe knowledge that once the workshop is over very little is likely to change or be actioned.
How many flipcharts need to be flipped, over-brewed coffees drunk, name-badges worn, before we decide to think differently about how we stimulate intellectual, creative, meaningful conversation together?
I have attended too many workshops and consistently failed to a) focus throughout and b) leave with the Eureka connections hoped for; only to find ideas and questions springing up hours or even days later, when everyone has packed up and gone home.
There is plenty of scientific evidence on why this is so, and why I am not alone in this experience. Typically humans find concentrating for more than 30 minutes at a time very tough, and as new neural pathways are being created connections need time to be made. Add to this that we are now so busy that hours, even days, spent holed up in a workshop is increasingly becoming an extravagance few organisations can afford.
I am a great believer that the answers to many challenges organisations and communities face lie within, so the key is to stimulate the right environment to inspire and release existing potential, galvanizing and supporting new ways of working and thinking.
SpeakTo Bursts™ Workshop Programme
Over the last few months we have been working on developing a new, more open and agile approach to collective creative thinking that brings the ‘workshop’ into the 21st century.
Our SpeakTo Bursts™ Workshops create small spaces of energy, executed within a tight timeframe, with the capacity to review and reflect, and identifying some small key actions to take forward.
We believe a diverse group of people, with clear aims and purpose can deliver astonishing results in a short time frame if carefully facilitated and inspired.
Whilst everyone learns in different ways, we all learn better in smaller bite sized bursts. Or as we have come to think of them, ‘lunchtime sprints for the brain.’