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.

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

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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. Train the Trainer: Must Incorporate Exercises that Use Simulations. Facilitation

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.

What Improvisation Can Teach Social Change Leaders

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I had the honor of being a guest facilitator at a transformative leadership retreat with colleagues Heather McLeod Grant, Chris Block, Lance Fors, and David Havens – I got to teach but more importantly got to learn from amazing people.

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Nonprofit Technology Training: Book List

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At this year’s Nonprofit Technology Conference, I’m thrilled to be doing a panel on nonprofit technology training and it has a bit of a star wars theme, “ Learn You Will.” When I’m training other trainers, I often get asked “What books should I read?”

Speaking and Training Advice from Over 2000 Years Ago

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One of my favorite assignments, though, is what we call “Train the Trainer” (T3), where I will work with a group of folks who will later put on a different hat and train their colleagues on new software. Not just for training.

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Technology Support as Teaching

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 Technology Support as Teaching April 24, 2007 I’ve been thinking a lot about technology support lately. Empowerment – as you help them with a problem, teach them about the problem, and ways to troubleshoot (or possibly solve) the problem themselves in the future.

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Flexible Space: The Secret To Designing Powerful Training

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Join me for a FREE Webinar: Training Tips that Work for Nonprofits on Jan.29th at 1:00 PM EST/10:00 AM PST. I’ll be sharing my best tips and secrets for designing and delivering training for nonprofit professionals that get results. … Read More Learning Training Design

What can nonprofit technology trainers learn from the social work field to improve their training techniques?

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I love teaching (and learning) and it was a pleasure to work with students, nonprofits, and faculty. One thing I realized is that training social workers receive as part of their education is also very relevant for change makers inside of nonprofits, consultants, and trainers.

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

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All of my work these days is focused on designing and delivering effective training for nonprofits -primarily on the topics of social media, strategy, networks, and measurement. I’m also doing a lot of training of other trainers. Training Design

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Arts Organizations Digital Strategies Master Class and Train the Trainers

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I’m teaching a master class today in San Francisco for arts organizations for Theatre Bay Area. My master class here in San Francisco will be video taped and shared in other cities by a local facilitator using a lesson plan that I have developed. Training Design

How To Think Like An Instructional Designer for Your Nonprofit Trainings

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Join me for a FREE Webinar: Training Tips that Work for Nonprofits on Jan.29th at 1:00 PM EST/10:00 AM PST. I’ll be sharing my best tips and secrets for designing and delivering training for nonprofit professionals that get results. You also want to document your training.

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

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Earlier this month, I presented on a panel called “ Learn, You Will ” with Cindy Leonard, John Kenyon, and Andrea Berry on the topic of designing effective nonprofit technology training at the Nonprofit Technology Conference hosted by NTEN. The Feng Shui of Good Teaching.

The Dance Floor and The Balcony Social Media Training

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I just finished doing a training for Open Society Institute media and information coordinators on social media with colleague, David Sasaki , from Global Voices. There is also always an inherent power struggle in teaching networked technologies to people in positions of power.

What's the True Cost of Live Facilitation?

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The guides pull you, teach you, challenge you, and entertain you. Live facilitation has a varied role in museums. From a financial and management perspective, however, many museums try to minimize live facilitation as much as possible.

Teaching Nonprofits How To Bring Relevant Information To Their Desktop

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I participated in Nancy White's online facilitation workshop last fall where one of the participants was the thoughtful Nick Noakes who is the Associate Director for the Center for Enhanced Learning and Teaching at a university in Hong Kong. In reading Marshall's excellent reflection about teaching RSS techniques , I came across a comment from Nick pointing to some curriculum he is developing and teaching to faculty on using RSS for their research work.

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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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Tips for Activating a Culture of Wellbeing in the Nonprofit Workplace

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Last month, I was honored to present and facilitate an all-day workshop for nonprofit leaders at the Oregon Nonprofit Leadership Conference on how to activate a culture of well being in the nonprofit workplace, based on my book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout.

Trainer’s Notebook: Making Accommodations In Workshops

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Last week I facilitated a workshop in Detroit hosed by Co-Act , a nonprofit collaboration space in Detroit. My style of teaching is participatory; I don’t lecture with PPT endlessly and involve the audience. Training Design Walking

Trainer’s Notebook: Using Posters To Spark Learning

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I designed a 90-minute workshop focused on “Human-Centered Social Media Strategy” which teaches how to apply a simple design-thinking technique, creating personas, as the basis of your digital strategy. Training DesignPhoto by Equal Rights Advocates.

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

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For the past five years, I’ve been an adjunct professor at Middlebury College in Monterey teaching a graduate course called “ Networked International Organizations ” for students pursuing an advanced degree in International Development. Training Design

Reflections from Networked Nonprofit Workshop for Latin American NGOs

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I just returned from doing two days of facilitating a Networked Nonprofit training in Mexico City with Oxfam Mexico and participants from offices throughout Latin America, South America, and Caribbean. We had a lot of content and process to go through during the two-day training.

Designing Transformative Communications Capacity Building Programs for Nonprofits

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A New Approach for Nonprofit Professional Development: Micro-Learning

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Now to be honest, as an adjunct professor and someone who has facilitated and taught workshops for over 25 years, I used to think that long, intense courses was the only way to go. Self-Directed Learning Training Design

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

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I was invited to teach an interactive workshop based on The Happy Healthy Nonprofit on how to link self-care with well being in the workplace. I learned this from ETR’s facilitator tips. Have you been to a training workshop recently?

Trainer’s Notebook: #Tech2Empower Peru

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The program teaches women how to build confidence with self-promotion. Here’s how Kanika facilitated the exercise. Training DesignGreetings from Cusco, Peru! I am honored to be working with Wake International on their Tech2Empower Program in Cusco, Peru.

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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. That’s why I always enjoy teaching in flexible classroom spaces. Training Design

Virtual Volunteer Mobilization Strategies That Can Solve Nonprofits’ Challenges During COVID-19

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sign up) to ask for donations (see our “No Money, More Problems” webinar for how), or host fundraising-specific events like multi-day virtual galas with different speakers, trainings on best virtual fundraising practices and webinars with donor special guests.

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

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I’ve continued to do conference keynotes, workshops and facilitate staff retreats about activating a culture of wellbeing. All in all, I presented or facilitated over 50 keynotes, workshops, and webinars on the topic. A great deal of my training work is done face-to-face.

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. How do we teach leaders to know when emergence is working? Which comes from the Participatory Facilitator’s Guide.

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The Power of Our Collective Professional Networks and Transdisciplinarity Learning

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The idea was that if they knew each other’s knowledge and skill related to the project, it can help everyone can be more effective in delivering the social media training because one person or team doesn’t need to know everything. Network Map Networks Training Design

The Happy Healthy Social Change Activist: Passion for a Cause without Burnout

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Nina Simon, the executive director of the museum, is an expert in participatory design and fantastic facilitator. It was great to watch her in action facilitating the creative, interactive, and fun program. Happy Healthy Nonprofit Tips Training Design

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Peeragogy: Self Organized Peer Learning in Networks

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” Although “paragogy” is a more rationally derived word that extends “pedagogy” (teaching children) and “androgogy” (teaching adults), I’ve started calling it peeragogy because many people get the point as soon as I use the word.

The Networked NGO in Australia and New Zealand: Te Ao Maori

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I’m headed to New Zealand and Australia to facilitate workshops in both countries and to keynote the ConnectingUp Conference (Australia’s version of the Nonprofit Technology Conference). Training Design Flickr Photo by TomtheJet.

Reader Beware, You're in for a Scare: 4th Annual Nonprofit Halloween Celebration

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They host workshops on mural painting, a hip hop academy, and an ambassador program where they send artists aboard to facilitate cultural exchange. They aim to increase public understanding of artificial intelligence, improve the teaching and training of AI practitioners, and provide guidance for research planners and funders on the potential of current AI developments. Happy Halloween from all of us at EveryAction!

Trainer’s Notebook: The Art of Good Openings and Closings

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One thing I have learned working mostly outside of the US is to start a training by honoring a local tradition. I used it for my master class at Connecting Up in Australia as I have used it for almost every training I’ve done over the past twenty years. Here’s how it works.

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.

The 2018 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

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Join other data experts, academics, practitioners, and social sector leaders for two days of skillfully-led sessions on topics ranging from aligning practice with policy to creating a culture of data, and how Silicon Valley is facilitating data practices in civil society. It's finally here!

Creating Learning Experiences That Connect, Inspire, and Engage

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The instructor’s role should be to facilitate this understanding for their students, not dump content on them. It’s more fun to teach this way and more fun to learn this. Allan Gunn from Aspiration and his legendary facilitation skills and knowledge. Training Desig

Great Year-End Advice For Leaders

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EWF International provides professionally facilitated peer advisory groups for women business owners and executives. Coaching is the difference between giving orders and teaching people how to get things done.

The Networked NGO in Pakistan

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It marked the start of a six month peer learning exchange where I, along with colleague Stephanie Rudat will work remotely with grantees as they implement an action learning project to put techniques into practice and facilitate organizational change from the inside out.

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

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I’ve continued to do conference keynotes, workshops and facilitate staff retreats about activating a culture of wellbeing. All in all, I presented or facilitated over 50 keynotes, workshops, and webinars on the topic. A great deal of my training work is done face-to-face.