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How to Open a Workshop

You never get a second chance to make a first impression.

——Will Rogers

In an ideal world, participants would enter a workshop feeling calm, secure, relaxed, open, and ready to take in new ideas and skills. In the real world, many do. However, it’s wise to assume that a number of participants will feel a bit anxious about attending the course, concerned that they might be called on to speak in front of the class, worried that they may not measure up to others in the class, or apprehensive about meeting new people. Some will inevitably be distracted by the thought of work piling up while they’re away. Others may wonder why they were sent to this particular training. Is it a reward? A punishment? The first step to being ...

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