The Power of Participation Workshops – POPWORKS

by Adrian Segar

Who are these workshops for?
My Power of Participation Workshops (POPWORKS) provide essential education and experience for meeting planners, facilitators, designers, community organizers, and presenters who want to significantly improve the effectiveness of their sessions and meetings by incorporating participatory techniques that facilitate better learning, connection, engagement, and outcomes.

Interested in participating? Perhaps you’d like to partner with me to hold a workshop in your location, or suggest a suitable venue? You’re in the right place!

Once you’ve learned more about the workshops from the information on this page, fill out the form at the bottom and I’ll let you know about relevant upcoming workshops or contact you if you want to talk about making one happen nearby.

Upcoming open workshops and registration links
To stay informed about upcoming workshops, please complete the form at the bottom of this page. Workshops will be added or updated as plans develop; the latest information will be displayed here, so check back regularly!

Want to partner with me or sponsor a workshop? Can you share or offer a suitable (here’s what we’ll need) venue? All suggestions will be considered: just get in touch!

Help request for workshops

Perhaps you own my book about meeting participation techniques, but if you want to be able to use them effectively you need to experience the techniques rather than read about them, as a workshop participant discovered in 2011. POPWORKS focuses on learning through direct experience of a multitude of participatory meeting techniques. We use cycles of technique experiences followed by debriefs, interspersed with short “theory bites” that cover important background knowledge and concepts. Techniques are introduced in approximately the order they might appear during a typical participation-rich event. The syllabus below gives more detail on what we’ll typically cover.

I’ll lead the workshop (with your help!) For over 35 years, I’ve been convening, designing, and facilitating conferences. I’ve concentrated on participant-driven and participation-rich event facilitation and design since 1992. I’m is the author of two popular books on event design — Conferences That Work: Creating Events That People Love and The Power of Participation: Creating Conferences That Deliver Learning, Connection, Engagement, and Action — and have run multiple participation techniques workshops in the United States and Europe.

Some testimonials from earlier workshops

  • I saw Adrian facilitating today, he’s a wizard, amazing :-).” Thorben Grosser, General Manager, Europe, EventMobi
  • I have heard nothing but glowing reviews about your workshop with GaMPI. I am sick that I missed it. You left a lasting impression and helped our group a lot.” Stephanie Henriksen, former Director of Curriculum, Georgia MPI Chapter
  • Your workshop was a breath of fresh air.” Participant at Adrian’s Participation Techniques Workshop at EIBTM, November 2012
  • I’ve been sending e-mails to clients apologizing for NOT coming by their offices and taking them to Adrian’s presentation. I am so ashamed! I kept THEM from experiencing one of the most productive and informative workshops I have ever attended. It was great networking too!” Kevin Priger, former VP Communications for the Georgia Chapter of Meeting Professionals International
  • Just came back from @AffordableMTGS in Chicago. @ASegar was the best facilitator/presenter….by far!” De-de Mulligan, CMP, CMM, former Director of Education, Ohio MPI Chapter
  • “Events need engagement and participation, and Adrian Segar is the lead authority on the subject.” Julius Solaris, Editor of Event Manager Blog
  • …one of the very best facilitators I’ve ever worked with onsite.” Mitchell Beer, President, Smarter Shift

This is a typical syllabus for a 1½ day workshop. Other workshop durations are possible. Every workshop is unique — what happens will be influenced by the interests and expertise of participants.

The workshop will begin after lunch on Day 1 and conclude after a full Day 2. Participants must be present at the start of the workshop, and full attendance is strongly recommended for the best possible experience. Because the agenda is somewhat flexible, a precise schedule is not given here, but the following techniques and theory bites will be covered over the 1½ days.

Some participation techniques will be experienced as components of others. This helps develop “tool chests” of techniques that can be brought into service when needed.
The Three Questions
Human spectrograms
Crowdsourcing techniques
Anonymous, semi-anonymous, and public voting techniques
The Solution Room
Peer sessions
Small group work
Pair share
Personal introspective
Group spective

Theory bites
How covenants transform your event
Why participation works
Experience versus listening
Emotion versus thinking
The gifts of listening and capture
Maintaining attention
Effective short form formats
Using white space at events
Planning versus improvisation
What you need to know about technology that you don’t
Encouraging connections outside sessions
Environments that support participation (several sessions)
Finding and working with peer facilitators

Stay informed about workshops or help Adrian hold one!
Interested in attending POPWORKS, or partnering with me to hold a workshop in your location? Please fill out the form below. All information collected will be kept strictly confidential and will not be sold, rented, loaned, or otherwise disclosed.

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— Ruth Gregg, Conference evaluation
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