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Workshop Preparation Canvas

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”  ― Abraham Lincoln

I have run many workshops and by far the most important part to a successful workshop is the preparation. From my experience a one day workshop requires at least three days preparation and maybe more if it is a workshop i’m running for the first time.

How do I spend that time?

To help prepare for workshops I created the Workshop Preparation Canvas.


The Workshop Preparation Canvas contains the 6 P’s you should consider during your preparation:

  1. Purpose – Why is this workshop happening?

  2. Practicalities – What will be required?

  3. Participants – Who needs to be there?

  4. Products – What are the inputs and outputs?

  5. Process – What is the agenda?

  6. Principles – How do we want to work?

This canvas was inspired by the 5 P’s of Michael Wilkinson and the awesome facilitators that have inspired me over the years, especially Ellen Gottesdiener and Jean Tabaka.

I hope this canvas helps with your next workshop!

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