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YDWC Welcome Message
May 17th 2017

Welcome to the YDWC retreat!
Below is a handy guide to help you get thinking about what kind of session you’d like
to run.
Thinking about your topic:
Below are a few questions which may help you to think about what you could cover
during your session:

Is there a topic that you feel is not talked about enough?
Is there a topic that is often misconstrued (too much “fake news” surrounding it)
and it needs to be understood properly?
Is there a topic that’s often thought/talked about, but in the wrong way?
Is there a topic you want to get other people’s opinions about? You don’t need
to be an expert in the area, you may be interested in other’s thoughts?
Is there a personal experience you’ve had which has shaped your opinions on
work life?

If yes, then that could be the focus of your session!
Structuring your session:
There are numerous ways that you could lead and structure your session. Below a just
a few possibilities:
Structure type
Talk/Lecture Style

We can all gather round and listen to you
speak about a subject for some time, and
then end with a Q+A
• Ability to present large amounts of
• Doesn’t require a huge amount
from your audience

Discussion Style

You will set the tone of the conversation
and decide the topic, but everyone is
welcome to add their point of view

YDWC Welcome Message
May 17th 2017

Gets maximum participation from
everyone in the room
• Less pressure on the person
leading the session (but will need to
feel comfortable with chairing and
summarising points)
Things to consider: how to frame your
question to get maximum, but
focused/relevant, input.

Workshop Style

You can lead your audience through a
series of games / exercises. E.g. you can
lead a writing workshop, or some kind of
collective analysis session.
• This is a great way to create a
hands-on experience

• Friday 28th July evening: people will start arriving around 6pm. Friday evening is
reserved for social activities and icebreakers.
• Sessions will take place Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th July
• Each session has been allocated 90 minutes. Please note that this includes
moving between sessions and any icebreakers/’getting to know you’ activities,
so you should plan for a 1hr/1hr15 session (at the most!)
• You should expect to have about ~8-10 people attending your session
• There are only 18 session slots available so not everyone will get to run a
session (but most people will) – if you definitely would / would not like to run a
session, let us know asap
• Think about any aids you might need (access to audio/visuals, handouts,
PowerPoints etc.) and let us know. We can accommodate most reasonable
demands, and these details will be confirmed for you as the event gets nearer.
Each attendee will be buddied up with a member of the YDWC retreat team, so that
you can talk about your ideas for your session (and the retreat in general). You should
expect a phone call soon from a member of the YDWC exec team to talk through your
initial ideas for a session, and that same person will be in touch a few times before the
retreat itself happens. We hope you will find the process useful!
We are here to support you and answer any questions you might have.
Onwards and upwards!
The YDWC Team

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