Rachel Maunder Twitter Hour



The Athena Network host a weekly Twitter Hour on Monday’s from 8-9pm. To get involved with the chat you are able to follow by using the hashtag #Athenabizhour.

Each week will feature an expert in their field. They will be available to answer your questions around their profession, and to offer fabulous advice and tips, that you can transfer to your own businesses.

It is also a great opportunity to connect with fellow members, Regional Directors and visitors from around the UK and beyond.

On Monday 16th May 2016 we were joined by Rachel Maunder our ‘Workshop Expert’ for the evening. Here a summary from Rachel’s #AthenaBizHour

Rachel MaunderA good workshop is one that is planned well and practising to make it the very best it can be

Use mindmaps as a basis for each workshop module then scale up or down according to length of event.

What you are offering at any one workshop needs to be proportional to the time and monetary investment made by your audience

When planning your workshop as part of your overall business strategy, start with the end in mind

Decide what you want to invite your audience to do next and slant the content of the workshop towards that

Workshops are a great way to demonstrate your expertise to prospective clients.

As well as offering value try to create a desire for some of your audience to recognise that there’s more to know and learn

Running workshop can maximise the value of your time by educating a number of people at once

What you are offering at any one workshop needs to be proportional to the time and monetary investment made by your audience

A workshop can be a live event, a seminar, a webinar, an online programme, or a short talk.

Create a realistic timeline ahead of your event and put time aside in your diary to complete tasks.

I’m running workshops as part of my biz but struggle with confidence at times. Any advice?

Remind yourself that you’re the expert in what you do. Maybe keep to short events to start with too.

How would you practice day long workshops? I always have an outline of the day…but not sure how to practice?

Practise it module by module, to your cat, dog or an empty room. Just being familiar with your script helps.

If I teach people to do what I do, won’t that mean they won’t use my services?

Often the opposite. They might have a go at doing it themselves & then come back to you

How can I avoid procrastination when it comes to prep and practice?

Schedule time in your diary then ‘just do it!’ Focus on how you’ll feel afterwards and just practise for a few mins at a time.

Hi Rachel. V new bus (since Jan).want to run nutrition w.shops but not sure how to promote and best use time?

Start with some shorter events, maybe 2 hours, on a popular topic. Promote thru @AthenaNetwork and social media.

I love to be in a room with natural light but powerpoint if used is better with little light. Any ideas please?

Play around with position of screen. A stronger projector might also help. Coloured backgrounds for PP slides might also help

How much time should I allow as a run in for my event?

Short answer is ‘longer than you think’. Generally the longer the event the longer the run in. 3-4 months for a full day one.

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