Why Hands-on Workshops Work

When I was little, my English professor mom taught a memoir writing course. She showed her students how to create a sensory experience through their writing with an exercise that I called "the bento box workshop".  

It consisted of passing around different levels of an old tin bento box with different things in the compartments--marbles, candies, gummy worms--while the students closed their eyes. Using their senses of smell, touch, sound, and sometimes taste, the students came up with adjectives for what they were experiencing. When they went back to write, their once flat stories came to life with descriptions of air that was "thick with the scent of mock orange" and sun-warmed rocks that "felt nearly human in their warmth." 

It was only as I got older that I realized how unique it is to include daily hands-on activities in a college classroom. When I asked my mom about it, she said, "You can tell a person what they need to do, but they're not going to retain it unless they have the experience to draw from."

We built The Hello Sessions out of this understanding that people learn best bydoing. While we could get inspired at other conferences, we wanted people to leave our event confident that they'd be able to put their new skills into action because they had already done so.

After leaving Portland this fall, you will have:

  • Created a step-by-step outline of a plan to grow your business 

  • A road map for attracting not just a large social media audience, but one that will become your tribe, clients, and customers. 

  • Experience with creating videos that inspire engagement without a lot of video editing know-how or expensive equipment. 

If you truly want to learn how to elevate your creative business and you learn best by getting your hands dirty with new skills, we would love for you to join us in Portland this October