The sound of deafening silence rang all around me. 20 pairs of eyes were bearing into my soul and I was frozen. My brain was racing as I tried to make my mouth say something, anything…
Yes, if I was to write a terrible version of my life memoir, that might be the opening paragraph to the chapter involving how I ran the world’s worst design workshop. It was my very first time running one and I’ll be frank: I had no clue what I was doing. I hadn’t prepared at all. Funny how it was a disaster eh?
Running a workshop or design sprint with designers, developers, product managers, copywriters, etc can be fun (and, if you’re not prepared, stressful!)
One way I like to kick a stakeholder workshop off is to use ‘Hopes and Fears’ as a first exercise.