Sometimes it is the methodology that is a challenge. How do you go about choosing methodologies that (a) are appropriate and motivating for the group; and (b) interesting for you?
Here are a few strategies to consider:
(1) Work with your client (and potentially the participants in advance of the event) to learn about the participants – their experience in meetings and workshops, as well as their learning styles and cultures. Can the client provide you with specific information on participants? Or is the client drawing on (sometimes unreliable) stereotypes in the absence of first hand information? Remember that there are always exceptions to the rule / stereotype.