The first workshop

November 7th, 2010

I gave my first ever Action! workshop yesterday to a larger group than I’d expected.  Overall, I felt it went well.  I didn’t babble too much (which, frankly, I’m prone to doing) and managed to get through my planned hour’s-worth of material in an hour.  Afterward, the attendees said they got a lot of good, useful information out of it and I hope that they feel they learned something.

Things for me to work on:

  • Slowing down!  There’s a lot of information to cover but I don’t have to talk really fast to get it all out!
  • Pausing for questions!  It doesn’t do any good to ask if there are questions, wait three seconds, then plunge onward!
  • Figure out what that white board is for!  And when I do, try to write more neatly on it.

The next Action! workshop that’s been scheduled is in January.



  • Allison M. Dickson says on: November 7, 2010 at 3:20 pm


    The few times in my life I've given a lecture, I've had to work on similar issues. It's such a rush to get up there in front of the white board, though.

  • DeAnna says on: November 7, 2010 at 5:57 pm


    You need more time, dude. One hour wasn't enough for questions examples. Good stuff.

  • Ian says on: November 7, 2010 at 6:20 pm


    The workshop as I envision it is actually a 2-hour process which involves examples and much more audience participation (including the plotting of an action scene).

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