How To Facilitate Effective Virtual Meetings

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It’s time to up your virtual facilitation and convening skills. Since those days, I have continued to hone my virtual facilitation skills to design and deliver effective virtual meetings and trainings. Roles may include: Facilitator: Designs and Facilitates Meeting.

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.

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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.

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.

Advocacy in the Cloud slides and recording

I recently had the pleasure of facilitating a Dreamforce session where two amazing people talked about how their organizations have gone all-in with engagement. Below is the recorded presentation, as well as the slide deck we presented.

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AAM 2010 Recap: Slides, Surprises, and a Banjo

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You can view and download all the slides here. Finally, museums as "facilitators" of visitors' own experiences and interests. You can view and download the slides here. This year, the American Association of Museums annual conference was in Los Angeles (my hometown).

Everyone's Smithsonian: Video, Slides, and an Open Strategic Planning Process

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The slides are also available for download. If you look at any given workshop, you can access the discussion guide (questions the facilitators thought were important for that group) and even more interestingly, a few participants' followup comments in an evaluation offered after the workshops. Two weeks ago, I conducted a participatory exhibit design workshop with staff at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

This Hidden PowerPoint Feature Made Me Weep Tears of Joy


The problem is, unlike an in-person presentation, when I’m leading a webinar I can’t see the Speaker Notes in my PowerPoint slides. Pick Notes Next to Slides and it will export everything to Word.

KAUST Winter Enrichment Program 2013: Beginner’s Guide to Social Media

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The course will include a lecture providing insight into the best practices of featured tools, and a hands-on learning component to help participants explore the tools directly on their laptops or in small group facilitated discussions. Slides (coming soon). Date : January 23, 2013. Location : King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. Topic : A Beginner’s Guide to Social Media. Description : Social media presents a confusing blur of personal and professional profiles.

Is Face-to-Face Communication Gone in the Digital Age?


And there are many great reasons to use online communities to extend the life of a conference by 1) promoting it beforehand, 2) collecting content during the live event, and 3) having subject matter experts post their slides and follow up questions after the conference.

Facebook Campaigning in Romania

Amy Sample Ward

I had the opportunity to facilitate the IT track and had lots of fun poking, prodding, and supporting some really interesting conversations and sharing sessions. The slides are below as well as some notes.

Managing Generational Differences in the Workplace


This is based on a really popular 4-hour in-person training that Jamie has been facilitating for a couple of years, and we’ve been wanting to figure out how to make it accessible to more people. We have bulk discounts on a sliding scale. WHOO HOO!

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.” ” As you can tell from the slide, we have a Harry Potter theme for the session.

PRSA Nebraska: Email Marketing

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Ward, a New York-based blogger, facilitator and trainer who has worked with groups and spoken at events in the United States, the United Kingdom and around the world, will discuss tools for better understanding audiences, tips for keeping them engaged, and some case studies and data on how to optimize email messages for better results. Slides and notes. Date : May 10, 2011. Location : Nebraska. Topic : Email Campaigns: Know Your Audience and Get Results.

Some Thoughts About Remote Presentations: Mekong ICT Camp

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The audience had very good English skills so no translation was needed. During the presentation, we had participants jot down questions on index cards and those were used by the facilitators to lead the discussion.

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.

So, You’re Thinking About Blogging? How To: Create a Blog for your Organization

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Last year, I had the unique privilege to help facilitate The Local Philanthropy Workshop with the TechSoup Romania team. Do you have videos, pictures, or slides?

Empowering Youth via Social Media: Looking for your case studies!

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Next week I will be speaking at and event Bebo is facilitating for members of Number 10 Downing St, local Councils, civic departments (police, etc.), I will also share my speech and slides next week after the event. I’m preparing a talk for next week and thought I’d open up the proposal to all of you! After all, I definitely believe that the community is far smarter than me - and really appreciate any and all ideas you have to share!

Can You Measure the Impact of Capacity Building for Nonprofits?

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As a trainer and facilitator, the work I do with organizations and networks, often on behalf of a foundation for its grantees, is capacity building. They also facilitated discussion with others funders that invest in capacity building. Presentation slides.

Happy Healthy Nonprofit Workplaces: How To Kick the Sit Out It

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They request a copy of the discussion guide or slides so they can create a visual lexicon of key concepts to use during the session. I learned this from ETR’s facilitator tips.

NonProfit 2.0 UnConference and holiday discount

Amy Sample Ward

Following the keynote sessions – at 10:30 AM we start with a blank wall and, in less than an hour, with a facilitator guiding the process attendees create a full day, multi-track conference agenda that is relevant and inspiring to everyone in the room. Photos of any whiteboards are also important along with any slides that were presented. NonProfit 2.0 Unconference is coming to Washington, D.C.,

How To Get Engagement in Your Online Education


Skilled facilitators structure their sessions to include thought-provoking questions; chat enables sharing of responses. Present a pre-recorded video or case study and then facilitate a related discussion. Keep slides simple.

The Shocking Truth About Your Board Members Serving as Ambassadors

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It’s time to figure this out and facilitate their success so you aren’t frustrated. Do they need talking points or slide deck? Remember, they have good intentions and you play a key role in facilitating their success! posted by Cindi Phallen President, Create Possibility.

E-Mediat Networking Conference at the Dead Sea, Jordan

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I delivered one of the keynotes and as you can see from this slide, we had two screens presenting materials in both languages. I’m here at the Dead Sea in Jordan where I delivered the key note for the E-mediat Networking Conference, “New Media for the Networked NGO.”

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Learn You Will: #14ntc Nonprofit Tech Training Session Reflection and Resources

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I’ve collected the resources, notes, slides, and tweets from the session in this post. Does #14ntc give an award for best slides? I am particularly grateful to Cindy Leonard who compiled and consolidated our slides based on the design.

Flexible Space: The Secret To Designing Powerful Training

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The instructional design included different delivery methods: interactive lecture with slides and whiteboard, facilitation with sticky notes, small group exercises, posters, group discussion, self-directed activities, and self-directed online activities.

What I Learned In London at the Future of Social Conference

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I also facilitated several workshops for London-based nonprofit CEOs and communications directors on developing a strategy for their leadership profiles on social and internal champions (board, staff, and volunteers). My blog post with slides and links. Photo by Social Misfits.

How To Apply Social to Education and Learning


Most importantly, pair your subject matter experts with a facilitator who can run the backchannel activity. Think about what content (like video or audio clips, a slide or full deck, or a great question/answer) could be reimagined for social sharing.

Why Movement Is the Killer Learning App for Nonprofits

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As a trainer and facilitator who works with nonprofit organizations and staffers, you have to be obsessed with learning theory to design and deliver effective instruction, have productive meetings, or embark on your own self-directed learning path.

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How To Get Insight From Data Visualization: SHUT UP and SLOW DOWN!

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I use survey monkey and grab the visual chart for each question and dumping each chart into its own Powerpoint slide. Old Way – Not Visual Thinking – Automatically Create Visual for Every Survey Question on Separate Powerpoint Slide. From SXSW Session: Shut Up and Draw.

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How to Be a Wizard at Tech Training Design and Delivery

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Note from Beth: At this year’s Nonprofit Technology Conference, I was lucky to co-design and facilitate a session on technology training with colleagues John Kenyon, Cindy Leonard and Jeanne Allen. The session slide deck is also available on

Libraries: The Oldest New Frontier for Innovation

Amy Sample Ward

Below, I’ve shared my keynote remarks and slides and I hope you’ll share your ideas and further the conversation in the comments. And finally, you want to identify the roles needed to create, facilitate, and implement the programs and services you design with the community. Slides.

Getting Started Again (After A Break)

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” I was half-expecting to hear crickets in response, but people replied with humor and excellent advice. Someone suggested that I get a sled and slide down the chart! Another person astutely said, ”Good for you, you took a break.”

Association Social Media Best Practices


It was fun to talk about my favorite subject and especially fun to be part of a panel facilitated by Maddie Grant with association social media directors Susannah Murley (SEIA), Chad Davis (NAHB) and Curtis Midkiff (SHRM).

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

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It was also an opportunity for me to co-facilitate with in-country team, meet the NGOs and hear their stories first-hand, and learn a lot about modeling and adapting interactive training techniques for different cultures. 1. Facilitating Tri-Lingual Events: Not Lost in Translation.

Trainer’s Notebook: Reflections on Designing and Delivering Training To Get Results

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Last week was a busy week, after keynoting the Nonprofit Solutions Conference in Kansas City , I facilitated a one-day workshop for the Center for Nonprofits on developing and measuring a sustainable integrated social media strategy.

Crowdsourcing: Community vs Crowd

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We’ll be facilitating a conversation, more than doing a formal presentation, and will focus on the power of crowdsourcing (using our own case study from conducting the Social Media for Social Good case study competition) and the application of social media in nonprofit program delivery. Here are some of my thoughts going into the conversation and slides if you prefer engaging that way: Crowdsourcing for Social Change.

RIP Google Reader: Don’t Scream Who Moved My Cheese, Pivot Your Reading

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I’ve been using Feedly since 2008, when Kevin Gamble from the Extension community mentioned it during an online workshop that I facilitated.

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NTC Reflection: How To Make Your Conference Panel A Magical Learning Experience

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I designed and facilitated one panel, I’ve Found My Free Agent, Now What? As a facilitator, it is great to have this visual so you can focus on the conversational channeling – and have a record you refer to as the conversation weaves and turns.

Does Your Organizational Already Have a Policy for Professional Conduct?

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As part of my work as Visiting Scholar at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, I’ve had the honor to facilitate training workshops at grantee’s conference. You can find the slides and materials on my wiki here.

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Thank you #ASAE11


Sunday – Here are the slides and recap (thanks Celisa!) Again, if you were there, let us know any improvements for the next (many) facilitated conversations we will have!

Mapping Your Online/Offline Activism: Surfrider Foundation

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Chad did a video clip explaining the slide. (He He also said he'd upload his slides on slideshare.). How do you facilitate the hive?

A Couple Really Interesting Social Media, ROI, and Nonprofit Links Worth A Click

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It's where I grabbed the above slide show that offers a conceptual framework for strategy and metrics. Collaboration: refers to the idea that social media facilitates the aggregation of small individual actions into meaningful collective results. Community: refers to the idea that social media facilitates sustained collaboration around a shared idea, over time and often across space. Here's the slide.

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