Just days before the whole of the Netherlands ground to a halt, I spent two days in Amsterdam. I had a great excuse to be there: I was attending the Robocopy train the trainer bootcamp.
Only eight months ago, I was a conversation design-rookie. So what’s it like to be on the other side of the classroom? I’d like to share my three key take-aways:
My fellow trainees were from different backgrounds: they were conversation designers, product owners and even sales gurus. Which was great, because it provided a perfect reflection of an average workshop. In any workshop, there will be people with different roles and needs. So how do you handle that?
My advice: read the room. Who is afraid to lose their job? Who is just there for the technology? And who is looking for the goose with the golden eggs? Because you will encounter all three of them.
So what do you do? Easy. Use their doubts as a springboard. Find the connection, and you can get even the most suspicious trainee to join in.
A Conversation Design workshop isn’t just theory; you also have a hands-on component. And many people will really have to step out of their comfort zone because you have to create user- and bot personas, and you have to work out use cases. What’s more, is that you have to do all of this live, using improv theatre. Improv theatre?! The world of ‘yes and..’!? Those of us who aren’t born thespians might find it odd, even uncomfortable, to play the role of a chatbot. So make it weird.
If you don’t have to be serious, be as weird as you can be. Because it’ll make you take yourself less seriously, too. Which makes a sample dialogue seem like a piece of cake! To show you what I mean, here’s a collection of the bot persona’s that my team created in those two days:
The training to become a certified conversation designer takes a few days. And even the shortest version of this workshop can take a few hours. So it is even more important to have a little fun. A few tips to re-energize the group:
The Conversation Designers at Crossphase make your content conversational - it speaks the way people speak. We already do that for different corporates. Now, we’ve extended our repertoire and give training and workshops according to the Robocopy-method.
Whether you’re at the start of your chatbot journey or are a well-versed traveller, we love to help you take the right next step. Maybe you’ve always wanted to know more about conversational copywriting, and how it can help you save time on development. Or maybe you’re ready to improve your chatbot persona, to get more consistent content.