Just like it is in movie-making, a screenplay provides an efficient and effective way to design a meeting. The more thorough the screenplay, the better the meeting.
Screenplays help you to design a meeting or workshop and share this with the key stakeholders and facilitators. Well-designed screenplays enable you to gain clarity about what can be done during a workshop in order to make decisions about time, activities, and topics to be covered. Most importantly, a screenplay is a visual tool to help you design for results while managing all of the information in one simple document.
One misunderstanding is that the screenplay is fixed and therefore not flexible. That’s not true. The screenplay should be co-created with the core team to help everyone design a results-driven meeting or workshop. In this way, a screenplay will actually help you to be flexible.
Moreover, when you design your screenplays in blocks of time/activities, it enables you to shift to new blocks should the expected-unexpected occur, like lateness due to traffic jams, etc.
Really think deeply about what it is that you (and your team) want/need to get out of your meeting. Design for that.
Once everything is designed and setup, you can start planning and running your meeting, workshop, or offsite. Also plan on how you will do follow up. Nothing is worse than a high-energy workshop that you never hear about again after it is finished. Keep people in the loop! Use photos of the room and the templates to make it easy to send out the notes afterwards.
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