This is an article about the teamwork in the workshop that I was a part of. For my course in ‘Contemporary issues in events’, I had to team up by choosing a topic that had my interest. The topics where as you guessed about the current issues in events. When I saw the topic about discrimination in the events industry, I knew that this was my topic. I wanted to learn more about the problem and spread awareness in class. The learning outcome of our assignment was to understand how to plan a workshop. The marking criteria was to educate our attendees regarding the topic in such a way that they can use the information in the future. Another important criterion was knowing how to structure such a workshop, how do you keep your attendees to listen and become more engaging.
So, to sum it up the most important aspects where
- How to create a workshop that people can learn from and use it in the future.
- How to create such a teaching environment that engages its audience.
My group consisted out of 5 girls from different countries, we had to put our differences aside and concentrate on creating a workshop.
Let’ s critically analyses the teamwork to understand how the team has managed to achieve the marking criteria. This will be done through the theory of Tuckman, the stages of its theory consist of “forming,” “storming,” “norming,” and “performing.”
In this stage the team is getting to know each other and started to discuss the topic of the workshop. We started sharing our own experience with discrimination in our daily life’s. This has connected us as females, as a generation and as foreigners. We have agreed to gather as much information about this topic until our next meeting. In this stage there was no specific person that played the leader role, therefore we have just agreed to gather the information as a team in our free time.
In our second meeting we realized that we all collected a bundle of information. But how do we filter the relevant information? We started brainstorming on how the workshop could start, automatically our workshop was starting to take shape. Cliques did form in our group, especially in the storming stage.
Because no one was stepping to be a leader we have decided that each of us is taking responsibility of specific parts of the workshop. Because it was my idea to start the workshop with a quiz, to show people how ridiculous the hospitality industry standards are in terms of ‘looking good and sounding right’. I was giving the task to create the game as an ice breaker.
In this stage we have corrected each other, which was not always pleasant, but we have learned to accept and stand back and see our mistakes. We kept in mind that the workshop should be engaging, and people should be aware about the matter. As a group we where happy the way our workshop looked, this made our group feel comfortable and ready to perform.
We knew what our workshop was about, we knew our parts and we where ready to take the stage (classroom). Through our started, which was the quize we where able to use this as an ice breaker, as an awareness tool and engagement tool. Some information and statistics followed afterwards. As a closer we choose for another quiz to check how well our audience has been listening, this was used to reward people and to see if our workshop was successful.
The skills that I have developed during the creation of this workshop will benefit me in the future. Skills such as, being creative, thinking outside the box, daring to take the first step and Teamwork.
Everyone has qualities and flaws no matter where they come from, it is up to you as a team to bring out the best of everyone.