Basic Facilitation Techniques for Nonprofits

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There are a lot different styles, philosophies, and techniques for facilitating groups of people. Check out the International Association of Facilitator’s Method database which contains more than 500 entries. Here’s just a few: Instructional. Facilitation

8 Fantastic Facilitation Playbooks for Designing Productive Nonprofit Meetings

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Whether our meeting is useless or valuable depends on how we design, facilitate, and follow up. If you are facilitating the meeting you need figure out logistics like scheduling, materials, and effective use of technology for virtual meetings. The facilitation methods are participatory.

Methods for Facilitating Innovation in Nonprofits

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The co-facilitator was Amy Hedrick who works in Product and Design Innovation at Intuit. Here’s a some of what I learned about facilitating innovation and train the trainers design. How does your nonprofit facilitate innovating thinking and doing? Facilitation

The Art of Facilitating Meetings with Sticky Notes

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Post-It Note Facilitation of A Network Map - 2012 Pakistan NGOs. What’s in your facilitation toolkit? Take for example my colleague Eugene Eric Kim who shares his facilitation toolkit which includes links to his favorite Post It notes and markers. Facilitation

Trainer’s Notebook: Just A Few Participatory Facilitation Techniques

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Recently, a colleague asked me a wonderful question: How did you learn to become a good facilitator and trainer? Evaluate your content, facilitation, and logistical skills against participant evaluations. As the facilitator, you have give clear instructions to people and keep time.

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. In order to do that, you have to think like an instructional designer !

How To Think Like An Instructional Designer for Your Nonprofit Trainings

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So, expect to see regular reflections on good instructional design and delivery for any topic, but especially digital technology and social media related. ” ADDIE is an instructional design method that stands for Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation.

Trainer’s Notebook: Finding Inspiration and New Ideas for Facilitation Techniques

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For training where you are focusing on a skill, it allows for folks express their opinions (negative or positive) and not have get in the way of the instructional flow later on. Good participatory design and instructional design for that matter needs a closure exercise.

Wikis for Curriculum Development and Instructional Materials

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I've mostly used wikis as a personal portfolio and have participated in community or collaborative wikis facilitated by others. I have a project coming up where I'm thinking through a collaborative design for say - curriculum development, a repository for existing instructional materials,and to leverage knowledge from a group of practitioners online (aka SME) to add to the curriculum/knowledge sharing.

#14LCS Facilitator Series: Meet Bridget Marie Todd

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That''s why we''re doing our best to recruit a remarkable group of facilitators to help shape your experience. Today we want to introduce you to one of them: Bridget Marie Todd , a Lead Facilitator for the Digital Strategy track.

Social Media Trainings: How do you use pre-workshop data about your participants effectively to shape effective instruction?

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I have a chance to reflect now on the data I've collected and think about the instructional design. I wondered about a creative way to use already collected burning questions without taking up instructional time to rehash them again through an icebreaker.

How To Be A Wizard at Tech Training: NTC 2016 Session

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In a couple of weeks, one of the sessions I’m facilitating at the Nonprofit Technology Conference in San Jose is called “ How To Be A Wizard at Tech Training.” Instructional Design. Co-Designing and Working with Other Facilitators and Trainers.

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3 New Year’s Rituals for Nonprofits That Can Boost Professional Success

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Emerging Leaders Playbook: With the generous support of the Packard Foundation and in collaboration with Third Plateau Social Impact Strategies, we wrote and published the Emerging Leaders Playbook last year, along with facilitating a peer learning cohort with colleague Stephanie Rudat.

NTEN Leading Change Summit #14lcs: Reflection

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Last week I facilitated the “ Impact Leadership Track ” at the NTEN Leading Change Summit with John Kenyon, Elissa Perry, and Londell Jackson. Here’s what I learned: Facilitation Teams. Often, facilitation teams are brought together by an event host.

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

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When thinking about adding mobile/online polling to a training, you have to think like an instructional designer for it be effective. Help the facilitator understand how people are feeling half-way through the session so real-time tweaks to design can be made.

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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. ” So, I like to share a few of my favorites that I have inspired me in my instructional/training practice.

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Trainer’s Notebook: The Digital Nonprofit: A Participatory Workshop

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Last week at the IFC-Asia , I co-designed and facilitated a 90 minute workshop with Marco Kuntze titled “ The Digital NGO: The Journey from Paper to Screen.” Four Corners/Brainstorm Small Group Facilitation. We facilitated audience feedback and insights.

Designing Transformative Communications Capacity Building Programs for Nonprofits

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Trainer’s Notebook: The Importance of Hands-On Learning

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Classroom style with desks puts a barrier between the students and the instruction, especially when people are using laptops or tablets to take notes. More importantly, after every class I facilitate, I do a debrief with students as part of evaluating the training.

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

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Facilitator for Learning Network: Most of my work is designing and delivering capacity building projects for nonprofits literally all over the world and here in the US. I have a goal for one learning day per month where I will take workshop on instructional topics and share those here.

Happy, Healthy 2016: What’s Your Theme for the Year?

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I also designed and facilitated a six month peer learning cohort with colleague Stephanie Rudat. Innovation Lab Facilitation : For the past few years, I’ve trained in and designed and facilitated innovation labs using the Luma Institute Methods. Happy New Year !

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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!

Flexible Space: The Secret To Designing Powerful Training

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So, expect to see regular reflections on good instructional design and delivery for any topic, but especially technology related. Classroom style with desks puts a barrier between the students and the instruction, especially when people are using laptops or tablets to take notes.

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A Crash Course in Design Thinking for Network Leadership Skills

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The lab was facilitated by Heather Mcleod-Grant and Justin Ferrell , Director of Fellowships at the Stanford d-School. The session was an introduction to design thinking methods and to generate ideas for instructional modules for networked leadership development.

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Trainer’s Notebook: The Feng Shui of Good Teaching and Learning

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So, expect to see regular reflections on good instructional design and delivery for any topic, but especially technology related. I designed and facilitated a peer learning workshop at SXSW last week. How does the room set up support or fight your instructional design?

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Accessible eBooks for Equal Opportunity

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Kevin Leong was in kindergarten when he experienced an organic brain injury that forced him to relearn everything from walking to using the bathroom. For several years, he struggled in school because his vision was blurry and reading normal size print was grueling.

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Trainer’s Notebook: Using Posters To Spark Learning

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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. Breaking a large group into small groups for an exercise is also instructional design challenge. Photo by Equal Rights Advocates.

Digital Analytics Basics: Free Online Academy from Google

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Peer Instruction and the flipped classroom is a research-based, interactive teaching method developed by Eric Mazur at Harvard University in the 1990s. In 2012, Howard Rheingold facilitated the production of the “ Peeragogy Handbook ,” a practical how-to.

The Happy Healthy Nonprofit Book: Upcoming Activities and Early Reviews

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Several participants mentioned that they would like to facilitate a process like this their staff as a starting point for developing self-care and we-care strategies. Credit: Rob Cottingham.

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

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Peer Learning Capacity Building Programs: This year I continued my work in designing and facilitating peer learning programs on behalf of several foundations for their grantees. I also designed and facilitated a nonprofit leadership institute at Pepperdine University.

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. on personal and organizational resilience based on the ideas in my new book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit.

This Digital Marketing Process Will Make You Write Better Content

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Next, with as much detail as possible, provide step-by-step instructions on how the results were achieved. Your ability to add value to the conversation, whether by facilitating a thoughtful discussion or by presenting industry changing data, is what gives your content meaning.

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.

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Buying an LMS? Acronyms You Must Know (Part 1)

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AICC- Aviation Industry Computer-Based Training Committee: A standard that facilitates proper communication between the course content and the learning management system.

Mobile Commons Enroll for Navigators

Mobile Commons

Facilitate selection of a Qualified Health Plan. Mobile Commons Enroll for Navigators includes special features and pricing just for Navigators in federally-facilitated and state-partnership marketplaces.

Webinars: Designing Effective Learning Experiences

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The content is important, but it is only half of the instructional design task. This would require clear instructions on the outcome of the peer coaching and to provide some instructions on the right balance between listening and telling.

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Ways that Emerging Nonprofit Leaders Can Build Virtuoso Listening Skills

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For the past few months, I’ve been facilitating a Nonprofit Emerging Leaders online peer learning project with Third Plateau Impact Strategies. These techniques are described in more detail in “ The Facilitator’s Guide To Participatory Decision-Making ” by Sam Kaner.

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Bringing Millions of Books to Billions of People: Making the Book Truly Accessible

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He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me. I believe in the power of books to change the world.

Experiential Leadership Development

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More recently, with support from the Packard Foundation, I’ve been working on an Emerging Leadership Development project with Third Plateau Social Impact Strategies. We co-authored the “ Emerging Leaders Playbook ,” and I designed and facilitated a peer learning project.

A New Approach for Nonprofit Professional Development: Micro-Learning

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Micro-learning online courses consist of a video, an info-graphic or list of tips, and a set of instructional or assessment questions that help us think differently about the topic and find something bite size to apply immediately.

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

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Then we had a discussion to pull highlight and discover different practices. I used this exercise right after lunch to avoid the after lunch energy drop and use the time for instruction. As a facilitator, speaker, or trainer, when in doubt get them to move.

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E-Mediat: Reflections from the Conference in Fez, Morocco

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The conference in Morocco was a “tri-lingual event” and was translated into French, English, and Arabic, although the content and instructional design were identical to the event in Jordan. 1. Facilitating Tri-Lingual Events: Not Lost in Translation.

The Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) Is Going into Full Effect – Are You Ready?

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During this time, many nonprofits reviewed their email marketing programs for compliance, and Blackbaud ensured all of our products used to send email facilitated your ability to do so. And there is very specific instruction provided for language that must be included under CASL, regardless of whether the email collection method is electronic or paper.

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