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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:

YDWC Welcome Message
May 17th 2017

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 information

Doesn’t require a huge amount
from your audience

Things to consider: information tends to
be retained less easily when received
Discussion Style

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

• 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

Things to consider: that people may
come with different levels of experience
on the thing you are teaching

• 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

YDWC Welcome Message
May 17th 2017

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 not like to run a
session, let us know.

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

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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