Dear fellow L&D peers

I would like some ideas on the content of an awayday for 90 people in our department with an internal focus on priorities, challenges and working together.  We may get an external facilitator to lead the day but the content is going to be relevant to department issues.

Would you have any ideas/outline/brief to share?

Kind regards


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  • Hi Tehmina

    I like Mike and Linzi's ideas because these are formats that help mix people up and spark conversation. As you have 90 people I'd be tempted to go for an unconference type approach. By that I mean working with all participants on the day to shape the agenda. This approach is great for enabling people to work together and to answer questions on their challenges. Typically, the day would start with a World Cafe to identify themes for the day, these would be clustered and then would be put into an agenda (you'll need Post-its and wall space) - you set the length of each sessions and sessions can run concurrently.  You'll needs some break out rooms or a big space. Once you have the agenda you can get started. Participants are free to dip in and out of different discussions and groups share back the results of their conversations. At the end of the day you can all come together in a plenary session to share learning. If this is too ambitious you could run half the day in this way.


  • You might want to check out the World Cafe approach to facilitate large group dialogue but it can be adapted quite easily :)

  • Hi Tehmina

    I ran an away day last year for just over 60 people. The day was around similar areas but also about celebrating what they had achieved so far. We set up 7 tables each with a different activity on and in their groups they were allowed 10 minutes on each, we then rang a bell and they moved to the next table. The activities included some team building fun games and some tasks which involved them saying how they felt they could work together more effectively, what challenges were ahead and how best to overcome these and what support and learning they would need along the way. We really wanted them to be coming up with the answers. I think the mixture of fun games with more work focused activities worked well , kept them on their feet (literally) and gained the enthusiasm needed.

    Hope that's of some help!


    • Cheers Linzi your post reminded me of the world cafe method which looks similar to your approach above. 

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