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Lead a Virtual Workshop

Plant Chicago is excited to host virtual workshops with small business instructors. This is a great opportunity to learn how to engage with current customers and interact with new audiences via Zoom video conference calling. We will support you by running ticket sales, marketing the event, monitoring video interactions with attendees, and handling feedback. Topics must be relevant to circular economy. For information on how to host your own class email Liz Lyon at

Visit our Eventbrite page to see examples of upcoming virtual classes here.


  1. Plant Chicago will run ticket sales, market the workshop through our channels, and communicate with attendees before and after the workshop to answer questions about the workshop, check folks in (digitally!) on the day-of, and get feedback about how it went afterward.

  2. We would “host” your workshop via Plant Chicago’s Zoom account. Most workshops would consist of a slides/PowerPoint presentation and a live video demonstration of whatever technique/recipe/skill you’re covering during the class.

  3. The workshops could even be “hands-on” and people could follow along at home, but it would be best to choose something that could be made with ingredients or supplies that most folks would already have on hand.

  4. We typically stick to Saturdays for workshops, but we could be a little bit more flexible with these virtual classes.

  5. Our revenue split is usually 70/30, but we’re willing to adjust if you think it makes sense.

EQUIPMENT (required and suggested)

  1. Web camera, (laptop, camera, or phone)

  2. Tripod (standing, or mini stand for desk or tabletop) for increased stability


  1. Ensure a good light source, natural light is always better but make sure to avoid filming with windows in the background as it gives the presenter a glaring “halo” effect

  2. Ensure there are no distracting elements in the background.

  3. Film horizontally, opposed to vertically (i.e. how you typically would hold your phone).

  4. Practice and frame the shot. Prior to filming make sure your face is in focus and what you are presenting is in clear view. Take a couple of practice shots to ensure your viewers can see everything clearly.

  5. Save this moment! Keep your footage organized and back it up for future reference. Use it for future purposes, for portfolios, or as a learning experience.


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