Respect in the Workplace Workshop Series

This was the first PowerPoint presentation where I felt like I created a consistent visual presence. My choice of font, colour, graphics, and media were all used to share a consistent message.

I challenged myself to turn bullet points into graphics, and drew a lot of inspiration from Better than Bullet Points. I used charts, diagrams, photos, and other visuals to show our message rather than tell it.

We were tasked with developing a workshop series for a company’s workers and their supervisors. The topic is workplace respect, which is new terrain for us. If you Google “workplace respect” you will find lots of presentations and training available. We wanted our training to be different. We wanted it to be discussion-based, with opportunity for practice and feedback. We wanted to teach supervisors what we were teaching employees, and then give them the chance to prepare for difficult or uncomfortable conversations.

I worked with the training facilitator to create the facilitation manuals, participant manuals, and PowerPoints for both sets of training. I worked really hard on the facilitation manual to make it easy to read. We created the facilitation manual in Microsoft Word by creating 3 columns. The first column contained reference to the PPT slide. The second column contained talking points and direction for the facilitator, and the third column had icons to provide a quick reference as to what would be covered in the slide (discussion prompt, activity, group work, etc.).

My goal for training is

  • validity,
  • experiential learning,
  • challenge,
  • engagement, and
  • making it different from all the rest.

Highlight of Skills & Tools

These are some of the tech tools and skills I refined while working on this course:

Visual Design

  • PowerPoint to develop presentations
  • Microsoft Word to create manuals
  • Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign to create original graphics and charts

Instructional Design 

  • 4 stations, each with a prompt written on chart paper to inspire dialogue and sharing
  • Sticky note responses
  • Role play scenarios with observational checklists
  • Reflective questions
  • Scenario-based activities

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