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. Networked Facilitation. Facilitated Listening Skills.

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 most critical thing that distinguishes brainstorming from other types of facilitated group activity is the absence negative feedback.

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. The next question asked us to find flaws with the solution and pass the paper to someone else.

The Art of Facilitating Virtual Meetings with Sticky Notes

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I also wanted to experiment with translating some facilitation techniques I use for face-to-face meetings (like sticky note facilitation ) to virtual meetings. Depending on the number of people in your group, there are different ways to facilitate the report out. 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

Facilitating with Sticky Notes

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I enjoy meetings when there has been a lot given to the design and you have expert facilitators in the room because I not only learn about the content, but also learn some new facilitation techniques.

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. Participants volunteer their question for the Spectragram.

Visual Meeting Facilitation Workshop with David Sibbet

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We used sticky notes and the mandala template. David modeled a full group discussion to gather up all the ideas – using a template that used the basic flows of facilitation – attention, energy, information, and operations.

Running Effective Virtual #Nonprofit Meetings: 9 Best Practices for Facilitating Engagement

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Workplace flexibility creates a need for better skills in facilitating virtual meetings and hybrid meetings where some participants are in the room and others participate are using audio-only or video conferencing platform. Roles may include: Facilitator: Designs and Facilitates Meeting.

Trainer’s Notebook: Facilitating Tech Training Internationally – Tips for Working with Interpreters

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I’ve just returned from an inspiring week in Kiev, Ukraine where I got to facilitate a training for women’s organizations organized by Wake , an amazing start up founded by two respected colleagues Trish Tierney and Heather Ramsey.

Reflections on Twitter Chat Facilitation Techniques

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As host for #sm73 , I selected three questions on social media and non profits: Q1: How can social media work for non profits? I was watching for answers to the questions. Is there a more specific follow up question based on these responses?

How To Facilitate Leadership Development In Your Nonprofit As Part of Doing the Work

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They are also learning how to access professional and personal networks to get answers to their questions. Gain tips on how to facilitate sessions that will strengthen professional development across your teams and organization. Register now!

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

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Gunner also facilitated a brainstorming and affinity mapping exercise to unpack all the possible topics for deep dives in small groups in the afternoon. These techniques are based on human-centered design principles.

7 Questions To Ask First

Connection Cafe

So leaning on that background, as well as my more recent decade in nonprofit technology, I offer the following interview questions that an interviewee can ask of a hiring organization, to determine whether a given group is where you should place a career bet. The Seven Questions.

Reflections on MuseumNext and Facilitating Brainstorming

Museum 2.0

Facilitator bits. While Jim and I explained clearly to Wild Idea proposers what they needed to do to submit their project for consideration before MuseumNext, we didn't give them enough support in actually facilitating their group brainstorming at the event.

SXSW Reflection: Using Social Media to Facilitate A Global Back Channel at a Panel Session

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Over the past month, I have been thinking about a couple of different ideas and how to incorporate them into training design to facilitate learning. My questions are: 1. Graphic Facilitation by Jonny Goldstein - click to see larger image.

Is your board asking these 5 questions about digital? They should be.

SocialFish

Are we planning for more partnering in the future and do our systems facilitate that? Are they asking other questions along this vein? The post Is your board asking these 5 questions about digital?

How Nonprofits Practice Continuous Improvement

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I co-lead a workshop on digital transformation, co-facilitated a master class on digital fundraising campaigns, co-hosted a learning breakfast for scholarship participants, co-designed a Big Room session on Technology for Good, and in between attended some amazing sessions.

What's the True Cost of Live Facilitation?

Museum 2.0

Live facilitation has a varied role in museums. In special immersion exhibits like Dialogue in the Dark , in which visitors are led through a pitch black experience by a blind guide, or live action games like Operation Spy, facilitators are a necessary part of the experience.

How to Ask the Right Questions About Nonprofit Strategy

BoardAssist

Do you feel you know the right questions to ask about your nonprofit’s strategy? This week, in her guest post for BoardAssist, she has provided six great strategy questions every board member should consider. How to Ask the Right Questions About Nonprofit Strategy.

How Your Nonprofit Can Routinize Reflection

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Reflection requires hitting the pause button and asking and answering questions. It is asking the simple question of how to improve a process, project, or even the meeting itself. A few examples of guiding questions; -What worked well? What questions are not yet answered?

A Powerful Way for Nonprofits To Avoid Collaborative Overload

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The process is simple – any nonprofit team, staff, or even board could facilitate this process in less than hour in three steps. Facilitation Meetings

10 lessons for Giving Days, and one question: How can we make them more sustainable?

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Over the past year, I have been working with the Knight Foundation to facilitate a peer learning group with their community foundation partners to learn and spread best practices in planning and implementing Giving Days. Click to see the full infographic.

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What are your most useful synchronous online facilitation practices?

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TechSoup holds regular meetings for nonprofits in Second Life and I have been attending regularly and sometimes facilitate like this I did this past week. I learned one from Nancy White when I took her online facilitation workshop. It kinds of gets in the way of effective facilitation.

Using Design Thinking for A Foundation’s Investment Strategy

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I was thrilled to work with the Brainerd Foundation staff to help design and facilitate a design lab using techniques based on Luma Institute methods earlier this month. Here’s what I learned about the facilitating design thinking processes: What Is A Design Lab?

10 Questions To Ask About Engagement

Eric Jacobsen Blog

are learning programs and critical events systematically timetabled and well facilitated so that engagement is translated into commitments to action? does the organization have a communications strategy that facilitates and supports engagement in alignment with the organization's purpose?

Ten Questions To Help Drive Engagement

Eric Jacobsen Blog

are learning programs and critical events systematically timetabled and well facilitated so that engagement is translated into commitments to action? does the organization have a communications strategy that facilitates and supports engagement in alignment with the organization's purpose?

Is your board asking these 5 questions about digital? They should be.

SocialFish

Are we planning for more partnering in the future and do our systems facilitate that? Are they asking other questions along this vein? Just came across a good post by David Edelman that I thought was worth reposting, Five Digital Issues Every Board Should Be Focusing On.

GuideStar DonorEdge Learning Conference: Reflections from the Innovation Lab

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I gave a keynote about the Human Side of Data for Good and facilitated a mini-innovation lab to brainstorm creative ideas around the challenge of communicating about the value of shared data and becoming the community knowledge center for shared data for donors, nonprofits, and other stakeholders.

Hosting a Day of Giving? The Knight Foundation Playbook Answers Your Questions

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The engaged crowd on the webinar asked many smart questions of the presenters, who included Knight Foundation’s Bahia Ramos and GiveMN’s Dana Nelson , in addition to myself. Below is a summary of answers to some questions during the webinar and related resources on the Giving Day Playbook.

User-Generated Content: Ask Your Questions on Nonprofits Live!

Tech Soup Blog

Whether you are wondering how to build your own community campaigns, how to use existing community content and amplify the messages coming through, or what platforms to use for collaboration with your members, we ask you to bring your questions and start a new conversation. Explore common pitfalls and ask questions of our experts including: Amy Sample Ward, NTEN Membership Director. Nonprofits Live: User-Generated Content Thursday, November 17, 10 a.m.

Social Video Questions, Answered: Join TechSoup July 20

Tech Soup Blog

leaders to answer nonprofit questions for the next NPLive. Sign up today to participate in the event to have these and many more of your questions answered. In the meantime, here are answers to a few of the frequently asked questions we receive about social video: What Is Social Video?

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Marnie Webb's Chicken or Egg Question: Twitter or Blogging?

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Yesterday, Marnie Webb asked an interesting question about choice of tools - specifically the choice the question of "Twitter or Blog?" " Great question. I don't think it is a black of white question, a question of voting on one tool versus other.

The Answer to Sean's Question: Tools for Effective Listening

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Okay, so let me answer the question by posed by The Tactical Philanthropy blog. " She gives examples of the listening deficits, but also the ways that social media tools can facilitate listening. Sean of the Tactical Philanthropy blog called me the batman of nonprofit technology.

Questions from The Advanced Social Media Decision Maker's Toolkit: Using Social Media to Cultivate Deeper Commitment

Idealware

We had a tremendous turnout of our recent Advanced Social Media Decision Maker’s Toolkit, but a downside of a big class is that lots of good questions don’t get answered. To get around that, we took some time to answer a few of the remaining questions from our second session, Getting Beyond the Like: Using Social Media to Cultivate Deeper Commitment, and since we thought some of the answers might help other people, we made them available to everyone.

5 Questions: Social Media's Potential for Faith Based Communities

NTEN

We're asking them all to share their answers to five very important questions. In the Jewish community, we’re starting to see “program director” positions start to take on “community facilitator” characteristics. Note: As we prepare for the 2010 Nonprofit Technology Conference , we wanted share a wee bit of the wisdom our speakers will be serving up, so as not to overwhelm you when you get to Atlanta. Speaker: Lisa Colton, Darim Online.

The Philanthropic Web, Questions and Answers

Social Actions

Below is the video and transcription of the question and answer session that followed Peter Deitz's presentation. Video, Question and Answer session: Transcription, Question and Answer session: Peter Deitz, Social Actions: Why does this matter for social action platforms? I’ll take one more question on Social Actions and then I really do want to hear from you guys and have a conversation about this open philanthropic web and what it might mean for your sites.

To Profit or Not To Profit, That Is The Microfinance Question

Have Fun - Do Good

either way, as Tess Thompson of the Arch Words blog , notes about the article, "[T]he underlying question-- What is the best way to help lift poor people out of poverty? --is "Muhammad Yunus always has said that credit is a human right," Labarthe said, his voice tinged with sarcasm.

Tips for More Effective Virtual Meetings

Beaconfire Wire

Keep the train on the track: Have a strong facilitator present who can jump in and keep the agenda on track, minimize tangents, allow all members to participate rather than have one outspoken individual monopolize the call, etc. Ask questions to people by name, even if they are rhetorical. Tags: Cool Tools and Tips Project Management call/web information Conference call Facilitator Management Meetings

Great Year-End Advice For Leaders

Eric Jacobsen Blog

EWF International provides professionally facilitated peer advisory groups for women business owners and executives. Question For Today Which person on your team did you thank today? skip to main | skip to sidebar Eric Jacobson On Management And Leadership Welcome!

My life as an (almost) ex-Technology Consultant

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

Home About Me Subscribe Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology Thoughtful and sometimes snarky perspectives on nonprofit technology My life as an (almost) ex-Technology Consultant March 19, 2007 Beth Kanter interviewed me for Blogher recently, and one of the questions included “… you work as an independent consultant …&# Well, those days are numbered.

The Overhead Question: (More) opportunity to reflect on the future of nonprofit assessment and reporting

Social Actions

This evening, I needed to do some thinking out loud about the ideas I wanted to carry to tomorrow's teleconference, "The Overhead Question: The Future of Nonprofit Assessment and Reporting." Many thanks to @HildyGottlieb for helping me think through these questions & goals, and to @4KM @zenext @MIWomensForum and @HeidiEKMassey for listening & sharing through this evening's stream of tweets. Questions raised: * How should nonprofits be judged?

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

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It does close-ended questions and displays a bar chart or can also create a word cloud. Help the facilitator understand who is the room at the beginning (demographics, experience, attitudes, knowledge about the topic) – a quick and dirty participant assessment.

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