CONNECT: Improving Communication on Digital Platforms

8 October 2020, 1pm- 3.15pm

Via. Zoom

As part of Sunderland Culture’s Unlock the City programme, we’re offering creative practitioners and heritage/ creative organisations based in Sunderland a chance to hone their digital facilitation skills.

2020 has seen the rapid shift to all things digital with many having to move activities, events, meetings and engagements online. The speed of this shift, has meant that practitioners, facilitators and organisers have often been focused on making it all happen – the NEED to move the activity online, as opposed to thinking about what digital sessions “could” look like and to maximise the audience or participant experience.

This free workshop is a space to learn how to do just that and is designed for people already engaging in digital facilitation, who want to take the next steps to improve or build on their digital facilitation skills. The session explores how to integrate effective people management, with compelling communication whilst utilising digital platform functionality for best effect. You will leave with an understanding of how to put your audience or participants’ needs at the heart of your digital engagement; supporting you to facilitate a positive, productive, collaborative, engaging, well-managed, high quality experience for all involved.

This workshop is ideal for:

• People presenting online
• People running/hosting/participating in online meetings
• People delivering and facilitating online workshops
• People using video/audio to deliver communication messages
• People using their social media channels to engage with their audiences
This workshop covers:
• Effective facilitation online
• Leading with confidence – balancing managing people and digital functionality
• Building trust through a screen
• Maximising contributions of your participants
• Using positive language and 2-ways signals
• Balancing inclusivity with clear management
• Small meetings vs large groups

This is a skills-based workshop run by experienced theatre practitioners and communication professionals – we will not get into huge detail around platform functionality or technical. All participants will have access post seswill be allocated on a first come first served basis.

To register:
Please register your interest in taking part the workshop HERE.

We will confirm your place and details of the meeting via. email. There are a limited number of places available at this session, and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

If you have any questions about the event, please email [email protected].


Please note: due to our funding conditions, this workshop is only available to individual creative practitioners who live work or study in Sunderland or creative/ heritage organisations and creative businesses who are based in Sunderland.


This workshop is  offered as part of the Unlock the City programme which supports the development of artists and creative businesses in Sunderland. Unlock the City is delivered in partnership by Sunderland Culture, Sunderland City Council, Digital Catapult, North East BIC and Sunderland BME Network, with funding from Arts Council England, National Lottery Heritage Fund and Coastal Communities Fund.


About Mortal Fools & CONNECT
Mortal Fools is a multi-award-winning theatre, drama & creative learning company based in Northumberland. They exist to engage, enable & empower our Mortal Fools community.

Mortal Fools creates compelling, dynamic & high-quality theatre, projects & training with professional artists working as co-creators with young people, schools, businesses & communities; helping people connect, have fun, learn & grow together.

CONNECT is Mortal Fools unique training & professional development programme for organisations & individuals that uses practical training to help people to grow and thrive. They use practice from the creative sector to support people in identifying & building on their individual strengths & attributes, developing new practical skills, supporting professional & personal development.

Mortal Fools work with organisations, teams & individuals to develop leadership practice, communicate more engagingly, develop presentation skills, to build teams & to increase emotional resilience & well-being. The core thread through-out all their training is to increase connections – enabling & empowering people to connect with each other (& themselves!) in a more meaningful, authentic, confident & effective way.

You can reach out to Mortal Fools by emailing: [email protected] and you can also connect with them on social @mortalfoolsuksion to high quality workshop notes and a closed FB group to ask any questions.