How To Run Online Workshops

The transition to remote working and online learning has thrown up all kinds of challenges for managers, team leads and experienced trainers alike. This workshop will teach you how to run collaborative workshops and training courses online, and how to adapt your own material, examples and working style to take advantage of the online format.

If you’re used to running workshops in a boardroom, classroom, or conference venue, trying to adapt your material and presentation style to work online can be daunting. It doesn’t have to be. This workshop is all about how to connect with online attendees. You’ll learn how to present slides and visual material online, how to use online collaboration tools to help your group engage with the material, and what sort of interactions and experiences you can expect when running online workshops. We’ll also look in detail at some of the most popular video conferencing and remote training tools, and what you need to know to use them effectively in your workshops.


  • Breaking the ice. How to get people connected and engaged with online workshops.
  • The fundamental problems of online communication – and how to solve them.

Creating Content for Online Presentation

  • How to structure your workshops
  • Balancing talk, slides, demos, exercises and breaks
  • Preparing for unexpected situations

Delivering Online Workshops

  • Presentation tips for engaging with remote audiences
  • How to stay on track and on schedule when you’re online
  • Juggling the channels - video, voice, chat
  • Audience interaction with polls and quizzes
  • Mixing it up: group exercises and breakout rooms

Technical Tips for Online Workshops

  • Cameras, microphones and streaming
  • Understanding screen sharing (yes, there’s more to it than you think!)
  • Using multiple devices and cameras
  • Greenscreens and virtual cameras

Digital Collaboration Tools

  • Virtual whiteboarding with Jamboard
  • Collaborative diagrams with Miro
  • Remote control: going beyond screen sharing

Followed by discussion and Q&A

Target Audience and Prerequisites

This workshop is aimed at anybody is running workshops, training courses or collaboration sessions online. Whether you’re running internal training sessions with your team, organising planning sessions or retrospectives for your projects, or running public workshops, we’ll cover everything you need to know to really connect with your remote audiences.

About the Trainer

Dylan Beattie created his first web page in 1992. With nearly 25 years’ experience as a professional developer, he’s worked on everything from static websites to distributed microservice architectures. Dylan is a Microsoft MVP and the creator of the Rockstar esoteric programming language, and he’s presented talks about technology and software development at conferences and events all over the world.

Dylan has been speaking at technology events and meetups for over 10 years, and recordings of his presentations have been watched online by over two million people. From 2017 to 2019 he was the Chief Technology Officer at Skills Matter in London, managing the technology platform used to promote and deliver Skills Matter’s portfolio of conferences, community events and meetups. Throughout 2020 Dylan worked with NDC Conferences to help them adapt their international conferences to the online format, working directly with speakers, attendees and partners to solve the technical and logistical problems of online events. Dylan is online at and on Twitter as @dylanbeattie.

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