Time-Management Methods, Techniques And Strategies For Students

Eric Jacobsen Blog

This new edition addresses the specific needs of high school and college students , teaching them readily actionable time-management methods, techniques and strategies. Brand new is the book, Eat That Frog!

Basic Facilitation Techniques for Nonprofits

Beth Kanter

As a trainer and now adjunct professor, I’m constantly working on and honing these skills sets: assessment, instructional design, curriculum/materials development, presenting, facilitation, and evaluation. There is a lot of learn and refine in each of these areas. And that’s why I love teaching and training because it is all about the learning for both you and the participants. Here’s just a few: Instructional.


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Trainer’s Notebook: Just A Few Participatory Facilitation Techniques

Beth Kanter

Conferences are a great opportunity to take workshops and observe the facilitator’s techniques. Many of us do this and take content notes, but it is also great to take notes about instructional design and facilitation techniques. I typically draw a vertical line down my notebook page, and label each column “Content” and “Instructional Process” to capture both types of notes.

How To Think Like An Instructional Designer for Your Nonprofit Trainings

Beth Kanter

So, expect to see regular reflections on good instructional design and delivery for any topic, but especially digital technology and social media related. Designing and delivering a training to a nonprofit audience is not about extreme content delivery or putting together a PowerPoint and answering questions. If you want to get results, you need to think about instructional design and learning theory. And, there is no shortage of learning theories and research.

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

Beth Kanter

When thinking about adding mobile/online polling to a training, you have to think like an instructional designer for it be effective. Help the participants narrow down topics to discuss or work in small group exercises (replaces sticky dot voting and visualize the vote technique). Help participants vote on concepts or reports as part of a report out to stimulate discussion or reflection (replaces sticky dot voting and visualize the vote technique).

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

Beth Kanter

Last week, during the Google hangout hosted by the Packard Foundation , someone asked me where I get all my ideas for designing and delivering training. Part of delivering instruction is being a good facilitation of people’s learning and there is no better way to learn how to improve your own technique than watching world class facilitators in action. I always learn something from his participatory style, humor, and techniques. Here’s a few things I learned.

Shoulder-to-Shoulder Instructional Media: My Tagging Screencast at NTEN!

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I hope to share some simple and fun ways to create "shoulder-to-shoulder" instructional media for the panel on Screencasting at NTC I'm doing. I personally want to move away from the metaphor of making movies of the computer screen to more shoulder-to-shoulder instructional media and perhaps something that is more participatory or for lack of a better word, social. Next cut and paste the URL into the Feedburner tool and follow the instructions.

5 Easy Ways Nonprofits Can Use Testing to Increase Digital Engagement


The most reliable way for nonprofits to increase digital engagement is to test different techniques and messages with your own audience to determine what they respond to best, and follow the results. For more ideas and instructions on how to use testing to improve your organization’s digital engagement, download our complete guide below! There’s no secret trick to instantly improving digital engagement for nonprofits.

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The 2019 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


You’ll leave feeling motivated and ready to change the quality of instruction in your school district or community! It's a vast, immersive uniquely comprehensive experience for the latest strategies, techniques and innovations in direct response marketing and fundraising. It's finally here! If you loved our 2018 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar get ready for our new, improved, and updated 2019 calendar!

Nice Instructional Video on Filtering and Processing a Network of People

Network-Centric Advocacy

I also like the technique at the end for Q&A. I like this overview. We do some of this in Demystifying the Web presentations. . I use different tools (blog,rss,google reader,listsenves) but the logic behind it is good. You let the network filter and clean the web for what is important to you. Small groups filter and discuss. (I I let the indicaiton of discussion tell me something is interesting.) I focus my "filter value" on the networks issues.

5 Ways Nonprofits Can Harness Mobile Technology In 2018


To set your email images to automatically be sized to fit the screen that they are displayed on, insert this code into your html editor to define the image’s size by relation to the screen rather than pixels: For more instructions on using this code and other helpful tips for mobile optimizing your emails, read more here. According to the recently released.

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When To Coach And When To Counsel

Eric Jacobson

As a coach , a manager: identifies an employees need for instruction and direction and this need is usually directly related to his or her performance or career goals. skip to main | skip to sidebar Eric Jacobson On Management And Leadership Welcome! This blogs tips and ideas are perfect for managers and leaders of all types of small to large businesses and nonprofit organizations.

7 essentials for your association’s online community strategy

Nimble AMS

Instructions and a timeline for early adopter members to post on the day of the rollout and for the next several weeks after the launch. ?. Discover more tips and techniques for creating an online community with the free guide: Attract, Engage, And Retain Members with an Online Community.

Spotlight: The Forum One Tech Team

Forum One

The tech team has several divisions that, working together, contribute the diversity of skills and techniques our clients need. Tutorials can be instructive, but lessons may not “stick” if you don’t use them in a real-world scenario. At Forum One, our staff are our greatest asset.

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Tips for CEOs on the key Cybersecurity threads for their organizations

CEO Tech Tips

The emails use social engineering techniques to issue illicit instructions, such as approving payments to hackers’ bank accounts or releasing confidential client data that can be leaked on the Dark Web. In today’s connected world, the chances of a hackers targeting any organization are extremely high. There are monetary and reputational risks if an organization do not have an appropriate cybersecurity plan.

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5 Ways to Destigmatize Mental Health in the Workplace

Saleforce Nonprofit

Let’s do some quick “box breathing,” a technique used to help alleviate stress and anxiety. But not before reading the instructions below!). How about a little break? If you’re not already sitting, find a comfortable seat.

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

Beth Kanter

Whether you are facilitating a session with your board, staff, or hundreds of folks in a room, you’ll find ways to design instructional content that interests, engages, and inspires action. This is a session where you’ll be an active participant in your learning and will leave ready to apply lots of practical tips and techniques that will give your trainings more impact. Instructional Design. How To Think Like An Instructional Designer for Your Nonprofit Training.

Four Tips To Boost Your Personal Resilience While Doing Nonprofit Work

Beth Kanter

I’m going to share different techniques for weaving mindful moment and exercises into your workday. Here are the techniques: Meeting Ritual: A Moment of Quiet: Many people who work at nonprofits are often in many meetings, often scheduled back-to-back, everyday. This technique is simple. Here’s some step-by-step or eye-by-eye instructions. Photo by Amanda/Flicker.

Nonprofit Technology Training: Book List

Beth Kanter

I love all aspects instructional design and facilitation , but being a good trainer also means being a good content curator and resource librarian. I usually draw from these sources to create “instructional resources” for any workshop or class I teach. Here’s an example from a recent webinar on training. ” So, I like to share a few of my favorites that I have inspired me in my instructional/training practice.

Why Nonprofits Need to Make Project Management a Priority

Media Cause

the Director of Education to understand if the curriculum addressed the needs of students and how to shift dance instruction to a virtual setting. When COVID-19 reached its level as a pandemic, I worked at a 34-year old dance institution.

Icebreakers for Online Meetings That Introverts Will Love

Beth Kanter

One design important instructional principle for trainings and meetings, whether online or face-to-face, is to start off with a fun way to ease into the work. My colleague, Dirk Slater , has written about how he applies Gunner’s techniques in his own technology/activist trainings. Others have also documented and used the technique or taught others how to do it. Can this technique work for an online meeting?

Tips for individual giving in uncertain times


They provided menus in advance and had live mixologists and chefs instructing us how to make the dishes. It was fun, we learned about the nonprofit’s important work, and we got to learn new recipes and techniques. Reprinted from Candid Learning.

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Saturday spring mornings are for.

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

He's working on catching technique. It is a good thing that at the practices they give them instruction and provide handouts for baseball-impaired parents like us baseball_catch Originally uploaded by cambodia4kidsorg. baseball! Harry started Little League. The opening game is next weekend. He has a great pitching arm and pretty good batter too.

Major Gift Fundraising: Improve Your Strategy with Tech

Top Nonprofits

Here at DNL OmniMedia, our nonprofit technology consultants work with organizations every day to refine their data management strategies and update their fundraising techniques. Creating instructions for which moves need to be tracked.

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Phonathons: The Fundraiser’s Ultimate Guide & 15+ Top Tips

Double the Donation

Consider these four components of effective matching gift phonathon training: Materials: Document how callers should ask about matching gifts and the process by which they should share company rules, guidelines, and instructions. Submission deadlines and instructions.

Marketing Matching Gifts To Your Internal Team

Double the Donation

Are you aiming to direct eligible donors directly to their companies’ matching gift program guidelines and instructions? from the basics to advanced techniques and tools to use. Employees (or volunteers, for that matter) of any nonprofit should believe in their mission wholeheartedly.

9 Automated Email Examples To Help You Cultivate Nonprofit Relationships


By implementing automation techniques for recurring emails, you can strengthen the relationships that matter most, whether you’re on the clock or not. As a nonprofit professional, you don’t have a lot of spare time on your hands.

Digital Analytics Basics: Free Online Academy from Google

Beth Kanter

Descriptions of key digital measurement concepts, terminology and analysis techniques. They are also working on software that uses this approach in the classroom and takes the passivity and lectures out of classroom instruction. In the 60 minutes piece, it is referred to the flipped classroom or peer instruction a mindset that directs attention away from teachers and puts it squarely on the students and their learning.

Ways To Use Zoom Breakout Rooms To Increase Meeting Engagement

Beth Kanter

A simple technique is to put 2 or 3 people in a room and have share name, organization, and an icebreaker question. There are many different techniques for brainstorming that can easily be adapted to a virtual meeting.

How to Host the Best Board Retreat Ever! Here’s Your Winning Checklist – 17 Keys to Success


This is a simple and effective technique to involve all people in the important discussions of the day. Most retreat facilitators complement this process by providing step-by-step instructions on ways to implement the out­comes from the day.

Methods for Facilitating Innovation in Nonprofits

Beth Kanter

Last month I had the pleasure of taking the Luma Institute Train the Trainers workshop where I got a chance to immerse in practicing facilitation techniques based on human centered design principles. The workshop instructor Peter Maher is founder and CEO, of Luma Institute , and a Jedi Master. Being able to do concept mapping on the wall with sticky notes is a core technique in a number of the methods that we practiced throughout the two days.

Free Webinar: Sharing Trainer's Social Media Bag of Tricks and Secrets

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

And then immediately create instructional materials and trainings for the community. When Maddie Grant at Social Fish invited me to do a FREE webinar over at the 365 Engage Community, I was thrilled to have an opportunity to reflect the practice of incorporating social media into instruction. For almost six years, she has been integrating social media tools and tricks into her instructional practice. How to think like a social instructional designer.

The importance of professional development in the nonprofit sector

ASU Lodestar Center

posted by Leslie Beecher , Instructional Designer. Over the past four years, I have worked as an instructional designer in the for-profit education world and am excited to have transitioned into the nonprofit sector. I was able to develop dynamic, innovative, and knowledgeable courses using e-learning tools such as Articulate, Camtasia, Microsoft Office, and worked with graphic artist to develop custom interactive multimedia instruction (IMI).

E-Mediat Day 4: What does it mean to be a social media trainer?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The ways tables and chairs and the screen are placed in the room can work against your instructional style or support it. The morning used the World Cafe technique. The world cafe technique is where participants learn through conversation in small groups. It is an effective technique to use to help participants process what they’ve learned and to harvest insights. In my group, we identified four broad themes for the first question: Improved training technique.

Fore! 7 Top Charity Golf Outing Games [Updated for 2021]

One Cause

Near one of your holes, you can place a wheel sporting different instructions, some advantages (automatic hole-in-one, starting closer to an important hole, etc.) [Golf-ebook-top]. Golf outings are a great way to raise money. And let’s face it — they’re fun, too!

Webinars: Designing Effective Learning Experiences

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The content is important, but it is only half of the instructional design task. It has been over six years since I designed and delivered my first webinar/conference call, “ Designing Effective Technology Training Workshops for Nonprofits &# with NTEN. Because webinars were a new medium to trainers, I used Richard Mayer’s research on multi-media learning based on understanding how the brain works and the ability to pay attention to guide the instructional design.

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

Beth Kanter

Going beyond content delivery, I also use a lot of participatory and hands-on learning techniques to help students gain a deeper understanding. As a long-time trainer, professor, and teacher, I feel strongly that interactive learning activities – going beyond the death by Powerpoint Lecture – is the key to retention and application for participants. Your room set up can support your instructional activities that engage participants or get in the way.

Six Tips for Evaluating Your Nonprofit Training Session

Beth Kanter

” While a participant survey is an important piece of your evaluation, it is critical to incorporate a holistic reflection of your workshop. This includes documenting your session, reviewing your decks and exercises, analyzing your instructional design, and figuring out how to improve it. Evaluation is one of my favorite parts of the instructional design or training process.

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

Beth Kanter

It is always challenge to use participatory techniques when your participants are not native English speakers and you don’t speak the language. You have to think of your interpreters as extensions of your facilitation techniques. I thought I’d share a few quick insights and tips that I learned for others who may be preparing for doing tech training internationally and want to use participatory techniques. Small group coaching has it own specific techniques.

Debunking Learning Myths: 12 Facts About Adult Learning

WBT Systems

You don’t have to worry about identifying each person’s learning style and tailoring your instruction to that style. Now, you can concentrate on all the other factors that go into effective instructional design. Heed the research: “Most students report rereading and highlighting , yet these techniques do not consistently boost students’ performance, so other techniques should be used in their place (e.g.,

Designing Transformative Communications Capacity Building Programs for Nonprofits

Beth Kanter

Playing the Social Media Game with 100 Bay Area Nonprofits

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I don't get an opportunity to do this workshop with a large group, so this was fabulous learning experience to work out some techniques to make it scale. One of the things that is essential to good instruction (or presentation) is knowing your audience. It's a shift from sage on the stage instruction to honoring the learners for what they know. It makes me wonder about the various techniques for getting people to shift attention from small group to large group.

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

Beth Kanter

These include a review of the year’s accomplishments and two techniques that help you focus on your goals: Peter Bregman’s theme for the year , and Chris Brogan’s “ My Three Words.” I also throughout the month of January review my work routines and systems and redesign or tweak to improve productivity. It also helps participants take risks in trying new techniques because they have the support of their peers. But, it isn’t just about learning new techniques.