Who Does Weekend Workshops?

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I'm thinking of putting together a teaching workshop for my local area, but I've never set one up before. Right now I am considering a small group - say 25 attendees or less. Do I just call my local librarian and ask about using the reading room for a few hours one weekend, or... how do I go about this?

Feel free to contact me privately, on Skype (ideafairy) or in email (send to adatina at gmail dot com).

Thanks for your help,
Tina
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  • Profile picture of the author marciayudkin
    Tina,

    I've run dozens of seminars, including weekend seminars with a dozen or less people.

    If you are a for-profit organization charging admission to your seminar, most public libraries will NOT make their rooms available to you. You will have to rent a hotel room or find other seminar space from private entities.

    By networking with businesspeople in your local area, you should be able to find out about the spaces generally available for this purpose where you live.

    Marcia Yudkin
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  • Profile picture of the author Tinkerbell
    Thank you Marcia. I just got a similar response on Skype. :-) Can you share a bit more detail about how to go about this?

    Tina
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  • Profile picture of the author Zack Lim
    Hi Tina,

    I don't know about the situation in your area. But in my area, we can book classrooms or lecture rooms from the University and private schools. You might want to check out on that

    Zack
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  • Profile picture of the author Tinkerbell
    Oooh, thank you Zack. I will check into that. :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    Id like to do these at some point.

    Would definitely start small and keep it cosy
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  • Profile picture of the author Tinkerbell
    John, small and cozy is exactly my goal. I'm one-half people phobe, so anything over 25 and I'm not going to be able to do it myself. LOL

    Would be rather difficult to have a workshop without an instructor, now wouldn't it? :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    Im with the others suggesting a small lecture room in a library. I worked in a library for a few years (IT support) and often we setup AV equipment for small groups (whiteboards, projectors, laptops etc) so a setting like that would be perfect.

    Good luck with it and be sure to get some videos of the event.
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  • Profile picture of the author jbsmith
    I would highly recommend holding it at a hotel, they have the AV and facilitaties to carry it off and have the extra's such as refreshments that makes your event look more professional.

    I would also highly recommend that you film part or all of the sessions and turn this into your own product - capture the weekend.

    Jeff
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  • Profile picture of the author Tinkerbell
    Thank you, Jeff.

    Filming would certainly be a plus. Maybe my son or daughter would do that for me. They love the camera and cameras love them. And you're right - I could make the video part of a larger product.
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  • Profile picture of the author jbsmith
    Exactly - we helped a local chiropractic business develop their own product this way...they used to hold seminars bi-annually, never thought of filming it. They had so much great stuff captured, we split it into 3 different products. For that project we had the first one done via an amateur that didn't do a great job, but the second we hired a video person from local college that did the entire job for $200 which covered taking the video and editing. Pretty cool!

    Jeff
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  • Profile picture of the author Tinkerbell
    Very cool. I will add hire a video person from local college to my list of things to look into for my weekend workshop project. Appreciate the tip. I'm sure attendee questions and comments alone would be enough to create an additional product from, so this may end up a very lucrative tip for me as well. :-)

    Adding a note also to get permission from attendees to use them in video intended for sale...

    Tina
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  • Profile picture of the author Yogini
    You can check craigslist under events and classes to see places in your area where people are giving talks/workshops and then contact them to find out rental fees. The libraries in my area allow for free talks and they do get nice publicity in the newspapers so that is another idea.

    I am not sure how filming works in terms of permission. I would assume some people wouldn't want to be on film or expect to be on camera. It does seem like a good idea for a product, but am wondering how that part works.

    Debbie
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    • Profile picture of the author marciayudkin
      I am not sure how filming works in terms of permission. I would assume some people wouldn't want to be on film or expect to be on camera. It does seem like a good idea for a product, but am wondering how that part works.
      Debbie is correct. To make a commercial video of a seminar, you need to 1)let people know in advance that it will be video'd and 2)get a signed release from everyone whose face or voice might appear in the product you would be selling.

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