Benefits of Attending
Do seminars and workshops provide real learning
value for managers?
The workplace is rapidly changing and information needs to be
customised in order to meet the diverse needs of all South African
Conferences, workshops and seminars therefore have a very important place in the workplace.
What are the benefits of attending public conferences, workshops and seminars?
They allow organisations to get updated information on key issues that their organisations are concerned with.
They are valuable for delegates who carry a heavy workload.
They allow delegates to have issues
addressed on a specific topic by recognised experts who are up to date
with the latest developments in the field.
They are very appropriate in an era in
which people do not have time to read a number of books by experts.
They can spend a reasonably short period of time and get substantial
information on a topic they have an interest in. The speakers, who
specialize in these fields, have already done the sifting and
selection of information from a wide variety of sources. They then
present the delegates with those aspects that are particularly
relevant for South African institutions in the current workplace
They create learning communities that bring together delegates from like-minded companies.
The learning environment encourages delegates to exchange experiences, ideas and practices from their own companies.
It allows delegates to interact with other
companies who may be experiencing similar issues and problems. It
allows them to tackle issues together. In turn perspectives will be
broadened as a result. This information exchange helps delegates
benchmark their companies.
Reputable conference organizers add a great
deal of value by identifying appropriate speakers (who have the
necessary subject matter expertise, practical experience in
implementation, as well as the ability to engage audiences in
workshops/seminars in an interesting way that stimulates thought and
Our conferences and workshops
When designing our programmes we are continuously aware of the
fine balance between theory and practice. The theory component must
support and compliment practice. The process of providing delegates
with just the right amount of theory carefully balanced with just the
right amount of practical skills is what determines any conferencing
company's ultimate success.
- Workshop environments
(which consist of smaller groups of between 10 - 30 delegates), allow
facilitators to deliver the theory component whilst allowing delegates
(in breakaway groups of about 6 delegates each), to engage in
practical exercises. The close interactions with other delegates from
differing companies generate conversations and allow the delegates to
actively participate in the sharing of powerful information. This type
of learning process can be very effective when used over short
periods of time for example two to three days. They create an
effective learning opportunity for those delegates who learn more
effectively from direct interaction.
- Conference and seminar environments
(which consist of bigger groups of between 30 delegates upwards),
feature a wide variety of both local and international speakers. The
content consists of case studies, group discussions and presentations.