7 Tips to Make You A Stronger Facilitator

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Note from Beth: As a trainer and someone who teachers other trainers, I’ve been obsessed with improving my facilitation skills and written a lot about it on this blog. 7 Tips to Make You A Stronger Facilitator. Build your facilitator’s toolkit. Facilitation

Trainer’s Notebook: Facilitating Brainstorming Sessions for Nonprofit Work

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Does your work at a nonprofit include facilitating meetings or trainings? Looking for new techniques to add to your facilitator’s toolbox? ” The nickname “brainstorm sessions” because participants were using their brains to storm a problem.

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Reflections on a Decade of Designing and Facilitating Interactive Webinars

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I’ve had the honor of facilitating an online peer learning exchange of Knight Grantees that are hosting Giving Days, applying and iterating on the Giving Day Playbook since 2013. This can be a mix of presentations by peers, with lots of facilitated discussion and interaction.

Donate Your Brain! Microvolunteering at TechSoup

Tech Soup Blog

TechSoup involves online volunteers as subject matter experts, moderators, and facilitators for our community forum. Our virtual volunteering offerings also include Donate Your Brain , a microvolunteering initiative. Volunteers add so much value to the work of TechSoup.

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#14LCS Facilitator Series: Meet Deepa Kunapuli

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That''s why we''re doing our best to recruit a remarkable group of facilitators to help shape your experience. Each track will have two Lead Facilitators and several additional Facilitators who will design spaces and lead small group conversations to make sure that every participant has the chance to both learn and share. Today we want to introduce you to one of them: Deepa Kunapuli , a Lead Facilitator for the Digital Strategy track.

5 New Year’s Rituals for Nonprofit Professionals to Build Personal Resilience

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Rituals can also be used by professionals to boost personal productivity because rituals capitalize on our brains’ ability to direct our behavior on autopilot, allowing us to reach our goals even when we are distracted or preoccupied with other things.

Four Tips To Boost Your Personal Resilience While Doing Nonprofit Work

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It helps center and refocus our brains which is important for learning. Above all, silence facilitates clear and creative thinking and quiets negative thoughts. It works, in part, because your brain doesn’t know the difference between the actual event or the visualization.

How To Incorporate More Movement Into Your Nonprofit Training

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Designing and facilitating training (not matter the topic) is one of my passions and why I blog about it on a regular basis. As a facilitator, you have to watch the participants body language and look for the “slump,” and if you notice people getting tired, interject some movement.

Trainer’s Notebook: Group Polling Techniques and Tools and Incorporating Movement

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Help the facilitator understand who is the room at the beginning (demographics, experience, attitudes, knowledge about the topic) – a quick and dirty participant assessment. I was inspired so I decided to alter one of the exercises in the design lab I facilitated two days later.

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Just One Good Tip To Address Nonprofit Workload Stress

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Anne Grady, in an HBR blog post , describes the harm that repeated stress triggers can create in the workplace: “When you are triggered, the emotional part of your brain takes over.

Mind Mapping Options for Your Usages

Confessions of a Non-Profit Executive Director

Its vocation is to facilitate the memorization and the organization of the thought thanks to a form of productive and attractive graphic information. The concept takes up the way the brain works, which is why it is very intuitive.

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3 New Year’s Rituals for Nonprofit Professionals to Build Resilience

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Rituals can also be used by professionals to boost personal productivity because rituals capitalize on our brains’ ability to direct our behavior on autopilot, allowing us to reach our goals even when we are distracted or preoccupied with other things. Flickr photo by Geoff Livingston.

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Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Kevin Leong was in kindergarten when he experienced an organic brain injury that forced him to relearn everything from walking to using the bathroom.

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What We Can Learn from Finnish NGOS About Resilience

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In Finland, classroom time incorporates “brain breaks” after 50 minutes when one’s natural focus and energy begins to wane. Taking brain breaks is an important work skill as well.

Walking During Board Retreats: A Few Tips

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Last week, we had a board retreat to dive into identifying core results as part of results-based accountability work , facilitated by an excellent outside consultant. Moving around at work helps get our brains to re-engage. Our brains begin to slow down when we are not moving.

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Countdown to the Leading Change Summit in San Francisco

SocialFish

The discussions at LCS are defined by you, but we’ve recruited some incredible expert Lead Facilitators to help support you along the way. o Deepa Kunapuli, Co-founder, The Brain Trust and Contributing Curator, Upworthy. 14LCS Facilitator Series: Meet Beth Kanter.

Active Training: To Get Nonprofit Audiences Engaged, Keep Them Moving

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I was in India this past summer to facilitate an intensive four-day training for Packard Foundation grantees working on family-planning issues. I planned for this by incorporating an after-lunch energizer that used movement to get people’s brains going.

Mid-Level Giving: Stuck in the Middle with Who

Connection Cafe

When I do not awaken to a song running through my head, I attribute that to my brain watching over me by not allowing The Joker to slip into my subconscious. I recently released a new whitepaper , Finding Value in the Middle: An Examination of Mid-Level Giving.

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Happy New Year: What’s Your Theme for the Year?

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They capitalize on our brains’ ability to direct our behavior on autopilot, allowing us to reach our goals even when we are distracted or preoccupied with other things. I also designed and facilitated a nonprofit leadership institute at Pepperdine University.

It's almost time for #11NTC - See you there?

Judi Sohn

Sit in a circle and share ideas and resources, while the "presenters" are facilitators instead of providers of one-way brain dumps via PowerPoint. Steve Spiker and Steve Backman are facilitating this session with me.

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How Nonprofit Professionals Can Manage Workplace Stress Triggers

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Anne Grady, in a recent HBR blog post , describes the harm that repeated stress triggers can create in the workplace: “When you are triggered, the emotional part of your brain takes over. Flickr Photo by Brittney Bush.

It’s almost time for #11NTC – See you there?

Judi Sohn

Sit in a circle and share ideas and resources, while the "presenters" are facilitators instead of providers of one-way brain dumps via PowerPoint. Steve Spiker and Steve Backman are facilitating this session with me.

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Happy New Year: What’s Your Theme for the Year?

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They capitalize on our brains’ ability to direct our behavior on autopilot, allowing us to reach our goals even when we are distracted or preoccupied with other things. I plan to do that with facilitation techniques for design and innovation labs. The Sun Sets on 2014.

What I learned from Jad Abumrad About the Secrets of Creative Risk Taking

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Yesterday, I was participant in a convening called the Arts Brain Trust, a leadership group that will participate in the design lab later in the conference. This session was expertly facilitated by Jennifer Edwards who is an organizational development consultant, dancer, and teacher.

Nonprofit Technology Training: Book List

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I love all aspects instructional design and facilitation , but being a good trainer also means being a good content curator and resource librarian. Brain-Based Learning: The New Science of Teaching and Training. Photo from Librarianismchronicles Blog.

The Essentials to Writing a Content Marketing Strategy | Every Nonprofit Communicator Needs to See This.

Connection Cafe

While it’s not as complicated as brain surgery, there is a healthy dose of “rocket science” involved in creating a written content strategy, but nothing that should stop any good nonprofit marketer or communications professional from soldiering ahead. Guest post by Kevin Sparkman,V.P.

Why and How Rituals Build Resilience in the Nonprofit Workplace

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I presented and facilitated a small group activity on rituals. Having a workplace flexibility policy can facilitate it.

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Gov 2.0, Shirky & Local Communities

Amy Sample Ward

It’s something I say all the tine: my brain can only hold so much, but when I rely on my community, on the web, I can be SO much smarter! David Wilcox and I are getting ready for iterations on Social by Social - the first two being applications of the lessons learned and strategies for using social media shared in Social by Social ( read online or download the PDF for free, or buy your hardcopy ) in local communities and the same for local government.

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Content Curation for Nonprofits – Notes from #13ntccur8

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This year at the Nonprofit Technology Conference, I had the pleasure of designing and facilitating a session on “Content Curation for Nonprofits” with Will Coley. Content curation takes focus and discipline — being “brains on.”

Trainer’s Tip: Your Room Set Up Can Make or Break the Learning Experience

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Yesterday, I spent a day facilitating leadership workshops for arts leaders attending the Art House Convergence Conference near Park City, Utah. It also provided a nice transition between sections, giving people a little brain break to digest the information.

Walking While Working

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The benefits of walking to “clear your brain” or build relationships is not a new leadership technique. Last year, when I got may annual physical, my cholesterol numbers were not good. My doctor’s advice was to start eating a heart healthy diet and get more exercise.

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The Essentials to Writing a Content Marketing Strategy | Every Nonprofit Communicator Needs to See This

Connection Cafe

While it’s not as complicated as brain surgery, there is a healthy dose of “rocket science” involved in creating a written content strategy, but nothing that should stop any good nonprofit marketer or communications professional from soldiering ahead. Guest post by Kevin Sparkman,V.P.

Nancy's Imaginary Friends

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But importantly, check out her work adding visuals to online facilitation and her gallery of imaginary friends. I think what I most admire about Nancy is her ability to play with ideas and be right-brained I have to point over the Nancy White's comic about online life that she created in gnomz.com.

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Public Allies: A Story of Impact

ASU Lodestar Center

To eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research: to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.”. posted by Taylor Polen Class 11 and class 12 Public Ally.

Creating A Culture of Well-being in Your Nonprofit Workplace: The First Step

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Last June, I facilitated a leadership workshop at the Americans for the Arts Conference where I tested some of the assessments and checklist tools in our book. Then we had the whole staff brain storm together.

Empathy-Informed Balance in the Age of Coronavirus and Beyond

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Some Internet People say some that sparks something in your brain. Ellice Engdahl is Digital Collections & Content Manager at The Henry Ford, where she manages ongoing collections digitization work and facilitates storytelling on the web. Some Internet People strike the flint every time. Ellice Engdahl is one of those internet people for me. Every thoughtful medium post and every considered tweet, they also get me thinking.

Public Allies: A Story of Impact

ASU Lodestar Center

To eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research: to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.”. posted by Taylor Polen Class 11 and class 12 Public Ally.

Trainer’s Notebook: Using Posters To Spark Learning

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Get together staff for half hour or 60 minutes, and do a “brain dump” of everything they know about their audience. The next facilitation challenge was to break them into small groups to work on the personas using a poster-sized version of the persona worksheet.

#13ntc Nonprofit Technology Conference: Plenary Session on Failing Informatively

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I have the honor of designing and facilitating three sessions, including a plenary on my favorite topic – learning from failure. This session will be brains on and hands on and cover the best practices of content curation for nonprofit. Gaping Void Cartoons.

Webinars: Designing Effective Learning Experiences

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The research indicates that the human brain, on average, has the capacity to pay attention for about 10-12 minutes within an hour. Facilitating Virtual Small Groups: The webinar software has the ability for participants to ask the instructor to come to their group if they have question.

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5 Have Fun, Do Good Letter Writing Ideas

Have Fun - Do Good

Jennifer Lee has a wonderful post up on the Right Brain Business Plan blog about writing a letter to your future self as part of a creative goal setting ritual. Watercolor postcard with rubber stamp I love letters.

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How To Think Like An Instructional Designer for Your Nonprofit Trainings

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For the networked nonprofit workshops I facilitate, I’ve developed a maturity of practice assessment called “ Crawl, Walk, Run, Fly ” which gives me a detailed understanding of where the organization is in its practice.

Six Tips for Evaluating Your Nonprofit Training Session

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I’m co-facilitating a session on Nonprofit Training Design and Delivery with colleagues John Kenyon, Andrea Berry, and Cindy Leonard at the NTEN Nonprofit Technology Conference on Friday March 14th at 10:30 am!