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PGAs of Europe inaugural A.S.K. Workshops Raises Bar for CPD Events

1.43pm 5th August 2016 - Management Topics

Presenters at the 2016 A.S.K. Workshops Event in Hungary
Presenters at the 2016 A.S.K. Workshops Event in Hungary

The PGAs of Europe’s A.S.K. Workshops event has raised the bar for modern-day CPD sessions and received tremendous praise from both speakers and attending PGA Professional delegates, after the inaugural event took place in Hungary last week.

13 speakers each had 20 minutes to deliver their short, sharp and concise points around a variety of subject matter from specific areas of coaching and performance, such as a blueprint for how PGA Professionals can prepare games and environments for youth golfers, to how golf can be used to cure some of the world’s educational, economic, social & environmental issues.

“It was a great idea to have speakers presenting for 20 minutes,” said PGA of Hungary General Secretary, Áron Makszin.  “I think I can remember most things as it was not one speaker going for an hour where you might lose your attention. You then have your focus tuned up for the next speaker so I thought it was a good idea.”

“I thought it might be a bit hectic but it was very good and very interesting,” said Wojciech Wasniewski (PGA of Poland).  “There was lots of mingling going on in the coffee breaks and I’m really glad I came along.”

Presenter, Sarah Claridge (PGA of Great Britain & Ireland), said: “My 20 minutes was around tapping into on-course emotions…but it was a nightmare for me!  I do three-and-a-half hour workshops and one day programmes so to do something in 20 minutes was a good experience and I learnt from it.”

“With 20 minutes then I think you can listen to things better – you remember more of it if it’s 20 minutes instead of an hour or two…it’s nicely compact,” added Ryan Gould (PGA of Austria).

“I think you can take something from everybody,” said Damian MacPherson (PGA of Hungary).  “There’s a lot of things that we’re all doing that are reinforced…now I need to sit down and go through everything I’ve learnt…I think everyone will take away something from the event and become better coaches, better players, whatever they want to do.”

“It was tough!” said speaker, Mark Taylor (PGA of Great Britain & Ireland).  “Having presented in various areas, 20 minutes was tough to condense content into.  I think for a delegate sitting and listening then it’s a great way to go. The ‘TED Talk’s idea, getting so much more into a day and it’s a real learning experience and a great way of doing it in the future.”

Attending delegates also had the opportunity to discuss the speakers’ ideas and thoughts during various networking breaks, and also gain access to video of all 13 full presentations to review the sessions and materials as much as they wish to.

‘A.S.K.’, standing for ‘Attributes. Skills. Knowledge.’, is the PGAs of Europe’s initiative to help share useful, relevant and interesting content to its Member Country PGAs and their individual PGA Professionals members through various written, video, live and audio media.

The ‘A.S.K. Workshops’ are the first live element within the initiative giving all PGA Professionals a platform to share experiences, ideas and stories in front of a live audience.

If individuals are interested in the opportunity to find out more about the event’s sessions, or make the most of their 20 minutes at future A.S.K. Workshops by presenting, then please get in contact at

For more information about the 2016 A.S.K. Workshops visit, follow @PGAsofEurope on Twitter and search #ASKWorkshops, or like the PGAs of Europe Facebook Page

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