Lead your next creative workshop like a pro with these 3 must have handouts

There is more to running a creative workshop than teaching your craft. As creatives we often turn a blind eye to the admin type tasks that need to be done, because they’re just not as much fun to do as making demo materials and pretty handouts!

But if you want your workshop and future workshops to be successful and high level for your participants then there are 3 handouts I recommend you create to support you and give you an extra layer of confidence.

Code of conduct form

A Code of Conduct Form is designed to give you peace of mind that you have set the expectations and boundaries - what is and isn’t acceptable - within the space.

If anyone does get difficult you have that to fall back on and it can make things less confrontational. It is always helpful for everyone to be on the same page and also know that their well being during their time with you is valued.

Things you can include in your Code of Conduct could be:

- no disruptive behaviour towards others and their learning
- do not do anything that may affect the wellbeing of another student
- do not damage any property
- do not photograph another's work without permission
- accept all students for who they are
- do not copy the information in this workshop for distribution to friends, relatives, clients, websites, digital or non-digital publications, or any other format other than for my own personal use

You can add in disclaimers - for example in my course Art Your Heart Out: Journaling for Self Care I added that ‘AYHO not a substitute for medical advice’

99% of the time none of this will be an issue, but it helps with your peace of mind and confidence to know that you have this as back up and a way to handle a situation - ‘you agreed to this buddy!’

Running order for students

Having a running order is essential for day long workshops, it helps to put students at ease and reduces so many questions. It means that everyone knows what to expect, what is coming up and when and when they can have a toilet break!

You can and probably will run through this verbally in your intro but keep in mind that some people are visual and won’t take it in and would benefit from being able to refer back to this. Just keep it really brief with an estimate of time frames.

Feedback Form

In my opinion this one is vital and so many workshop leaders avoid this because they are afraid to hear negative feedback but really feedback forms are invaluable tools for the continued improvement of your workshops (they can also spark ideas for new workshop topics!)

If for some reason it is not suitable to have feedback handouts at the end of your workshop you could email a link to an online feedback form (Survey Monkey or Google Forms for example) but the risk here is that people may not complete it.

The most important step of gathering feedback is to act on it. Spend some time reading through all the answers and look for common themes, suggestions, praises and make a list of changes you want to make. Sometimes peoples comments in feedback forms can make great testimonials, so don’t be afraid ask for those too!

I hope you will try and implement these 3 handouts in your next workshop and notice the benefits they bring. If you’re looking for Code of Conduct and Feedback Form templates you can swipe them inside The Confident Creative Workshop Host: The Planner.