Reflection on my Facilitation Experience: Amazing GidiUP Workshop

Raquel Daniel
Posted April 18, 2016 from Nigeria
DigiUp Workshop Series

The DigiUP workshop was a live workshop for young female entrepreneurs willing to learn basic digital tools to make their work effective and fast. The event had 22 women in attendance and 4 men.

We learned the following tools:

1. Canva

2. Videoscribe

3. Mail Merge

4. Calendly

5. Google Forms

6. Mailchimp

7. Google Calender

Our second facilitator Miss Esohe Igbinoba, a brand strategist took a session on storytelling and building an online business.

The overall experience taught me to keep an open mind always and be willing to learn new things. Even though I knew all the applications I was teaching, I learned a lot of new things during the workshop. This is the first time I took a digital workshop and I wasn't sure how it will go but it went really well.

We faced a little technical issue with the internet provider but as we progressed, we were able to fix it. This has taught me to have more than one internet option available.

The participants didn't all have their laptops and this made the practice difficult at the workshop. I have noted this to ensure we use a facility with computers next time or ask all participants to come with their computers.

The location was far for a lot of people and some opted out two days before because of the distance. This has taught me to find a central location for the next workshop or run the workshop in a community center if the next would be for women in a rural community.

The participants were fully involved and engaged completely during the workshop. This is because we did the Activity III on the trainers Manual. Our activty was slightly different as the participants stood up to share instead of writing. This helped them open up to each other and made the entire workshop interactive.

What I found a bit difficult in the workshop was the level of knowledge in the classroom, because some people had zero knowledge of the digital tools, they kept taking us back with questions. I learned that for the subsequent workshops, I should inform participants of the exact tools that we'll be treating to enable them familiarize themselves with the tools before the class. This way, learning and training becomes faster.

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Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Apr 18, 2016
Apr 18, 2016

Woow Raquel Jacobs Well done. I know for most people the social media tools are a challenge and so we need to be patient with them. But well done and all the best

Raquel Daniel
Apr 19, 2016
Apr 19, 2016

Thank you very much Anita. Yes, we had a great time. We hope to do this again next month with 50 women.

Nana Amponsah
Apr 18, 2016
Apr 18, 2016

Wooow...Good job Raquel. This is awesome and I'm sure the impact was great.

Raquel Daniel
Apr 19, 2016
Apr 19, 2016

Hi Nana, Yes sister, we had an amazing time. The feedback was overwhelming and we hope to do this again next month with 50 women.

Adanna
Apr 19, 2016
Apr 19, 2016

Good one Raquel...keep it up!

Raquel Daniel
Apr 20, 2016
Apr 20, 2016

Thank you Adanna, I will.. Already planning the next one.

God bless you!

Marie-Claire Kuja
Apr 19, 2016
Apr 19, 2016

Hello Raquel. You did awesome. I like " DigiUp" . Way to go girl. Hand claps. Keep impacting. Kuja.

Raquel Daniel
Apr 20, 2016
Apr 20, 2016

Hey Sis Kuja, We had a great and already planning the next one. Thank you very much.

Kristina M
Apr 25, 2016
Apr 25, 2016

Dear Raquel,

It sounds like you had a successful workshop with just a few technological issues to overcome which is also part of being on the internet.  Good luck and best wishes on next month's and all future training sessions.  I look forward to reading about them.

Apr 26, 2016
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Nkechi Ubakaeze
Apr 26, 2016
Apr 26, 2016

I was one of the participants at ''Digiup'' It was a very educative session.

As a marketing communications strategist for an SME. I am already using canva to save my organisation some money but most importantly, deliver right on time and save myself the stress of disappointments from vendors.

Thank you Raquel!