Feedback Update: I have just removed two comments and am putting the gist here- so that we can move to future, and not look back at what has happened. For me lesson learned is:
- Select participants carefully (match their needs, background, difficulties etc.);
- send out clear invitation to selected participants;
- be very focused on the “learning objectives” (agreed upon before the workshop)
- Make workshop MORE participatory (participants speak more) and challenging (practice in market etc.)
- Encourage people to respect allotted time
- Give more time to younger pws (new, first contact with TISA) than those who are older, settled and may be, facing less difficulties.
As organiser, I apologise and assure you that next workshop will stick to the above principles and serve your needs better. Thanks ALL of you.
We gave badges (Haklao- magar pyar se) to Dr Tejpal and Mr Jasbir. Some recap- and some discussion about TRANSFLUENCY..Then we divide in 3 sub-groups and rehearsed two Hindi plays: “Three beggars” and “Fraud sadhu”. Around 12 noon, final presentations began. For many of us, it was the first opportunity- full of emotion and angst- reminding us of the childhood débâcles on stage. But everyone rose to the challenge- and not only did a great act but also had LOT of fun.
All the 3 groups excelled at staging the play as well as improvising and giving funny twist to original dialogues. One group concluded with a dance by the three beggars, to the famous Rithik number – Ik pal ka jeena..(look out this space for videos).
After lunch, the participants were asked to write down a concrete personal plan as to what they can or should be doing after the workshop. They gave feedback in writing and verbally too, through mini presentations. One important feedback was:
Select participants based on their needs and the number of previous workshops they have attended: have two levels-beginner or advance. And prepare content accordingly. Advance group would need more challenging and practical activities than beginners..
Develop specific workshop objectives and stick to them. (Thanks Hemant and Vikas for this useful feedback)
Stay in Hotel Kailash was problematic and in future, a different venue should be explored.
More feedback, gathered by Pramendra:
Motivate women pws to join..
Organise interactions with outsiders..
Include family of pws..
Advertise in newspapers..
Invite government servants (to have interaction with pws)
Practice mock interviews
Share activity plan in advance on blog..
Share phone numbers of pws who are good at certain techniques..
More interactive and use of AV materials..
Plan a workshop for only girl pws ..
During workshop, pws should be encouraged to use learned techniques..
Pramendra led a discussion about NC 2013. The gist of discussion was to do it in an atmosphere, which is suitable for the activities usually done in NC. Also, reach out to a wider audience through NC. TISA seniors will be exploring it further. Finally a group photograph and we dispersed, with new friendships and a deeper understanding of who we are, beneath our stammering..