Consultation, Workshop, & Training Engagements
Tenacious Change has a set of Core Offerings that are adapted and tailored to the specific needs of the audience and client. After selecting a Core Offering that seems to fit for you, we then talk through several questions with you in our Tailoring Process to co-design the engagement to your needs.
Our Tailoring Process
We tailor engagements to fit with you need by working through several questions with you before an agreement is drawn up. These questions include, but are not limited to:
What is the need you are trying to address with this engagement?
What is the issue, topic, content, or action that should be the focus of the engagement?
What is the context in which this need has been emerging?
What has been happening that is making this engagement a priority? What factors in your community, organization, or system are bringing the need to the forefront?
Who is the audience for the engagement?
Is it an individual who wishes one-on-one capacity strengthening consultation? Is it a small group? Is it a group, organization, or agency that needs a capacity strengthening workshops or training?
What should be different for the audience as a result of the engagement?
- Know something new?
- Adopt a different attitude?
- Possess new skills?
- Create a plan or action steps?
- Feel motivated to do something specific?
This helps us develop a set of engagement objectives that fit for you and your audience.
What is your optimal time format for the engagement?
The type of engagement informs your answer to this question. Please read “Consultation, Workshop, or Training?” in the sidebar, noting that each has unique time parameters.
What is your preferred mode of delivery?
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all of our work can now be done virtually via Zoom or Google Meet. However, you may prefer an on-site, in-person event. Be aware that on-site, in-person engagements are more expensive because of travel costs, except when these are already “bundled” into an existing contract we have with your organization that is inclusive of transportation.
What is your preferred timeline for the engagement?
Factor into your timeline that we prefer to have 30 to 60 days to tailor an engagement for you. This is so we can be sure it meets your needs and expectations. Of course, some engagements can be more quickly and easily tailored than others. We will tailor and adapt an engagement for you as quickly as we can, just know we will need some time.
What is your budget for the engagement?
Unless your organization already has a consulting contract with us in place that includes these engagements, there will be a cost associated with them. Cost considerations include but may not be limited to:
- personnel time for preparation and delivery,
- delivery costs (virtual, in-person), and
- travel (if on-site, in-person, including personnel travel time).
For all on-site, in-person engagements, your organization will also be responsible for logistical and meeting room expenses (e.g., meeting room, equipment, food, handouts, etc.). Knowing your budget in advance helps us design an engagement that is affordable and fair to both of us. Please be prepared to discuss the budget with us.
Once we have worked through the Tailoring Process, we can give you an estimate of the cost. Check out our list of Core Offerings. Each is named or sub-titled to provide a general description. Specifics and details are defined through the Tailoring Process.
Consultation, Workshop, or Training?
Ongoing one-on-one or small group capacity building conversations on issues of importance to you or your group. “Ongoing” means that they take place regularly for as long as needed or desired.
We differentiate between “workshop” and “training” on the basis of time.
Typically, a workshop is 90-minutes to half-day (three hours) in length and addresses a single topic. It is useful for introducing and informing groups on specific issues, topics, content, and issuing a “call to action” when appropriate. Some workshops can include lite skill and/or strategy development.
Typically, a training engagement is more than a half-day (three hours), up to a full day (six hours), and even multiple days. A training event will usually present similar content as a workshop but with the addition of skill and/or strategy building activities. The activities are designed to create greater comfort, confidence, and overall capacity to act, as needed, in relationship to the event topic.
Workshops can be linked together to create a training engagement.
Virtual In-Person or On-Site In-Person Engagement?
We offer all Core Offerings as virtual in-person and on-site, in-person engagements by mutual agreement.
What’s the difference between them?
Virtual in-person means it is conducted live and in real time via video conferencing.
Each participant needs their own computer, camera, headset, and personal space/room to participate. These requirements improve the quality of interaction for everyone.
Tenacious Change will provide professional level conferencing software and other add-ons to enhance the learning experience.
On-site, in-person means we bring the engagement to you, and you host it at a location of your choice.
As the host, you provide and cover the cost of on-site meeting expenses (these will be detailed in an engagement agreement and/or scope of work).
In addition to presenter fees for preparation and delivery, the host also covers travel time and expenses for the facilitators/trainers. Because travel costs can add significantly to the cost of these engagements, we encourage you to choose virtual when you can.
Recording of any workshop or training event (virtual or on-site) is not allowed by anyone for any purpose to ensure open, transparent engagement with and among participants.
What about services?
Services are projects that typically take three months to a year, or even longer, to complete. We have five services we offer to nonprofit organizations, public agencies, associations, and other charitable groups.