Like you, I’ve been to a lot of workshops and seminars over the years. Some have been great. Others…not so much.
Most of the time, people are fidgety, bored, and disengaged. Usually it’s the audience. But sometimes it includes the speakers and facilitators, too.
It’s no one’s fault, per se; it’s the nature of events like that. Humans aren’t built to sit still and listen to someone reading off a PowerPoint deck, no matter how nice the slides are.
I mean, don’t get me wrong, there’s something to be said for an information-dense presentation. And maybe some people really do learn best that way. I’m just not one of them.
After years of attending and speaking at events and always leaving unsatisfied, I started asking other people. People like me, people like you: is this actually working for you? Is anyone enjoying this? Am I just crazy?