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. If you have to facilitate groups of people, what are you favorite resources or techniques?

What Improvisation Can Teach Social Change Leaders

Beth Kanter

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. He lead us on a series of improvisation exercises designed to teach important skills for networked leaders: empathy, awareness, celebrating failure, being open to change and more. This exercise was teaching us to be open to change.

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Nathan Magnuson's New Book Teaches, Inspires And Builds Your Confidence

Eric Jacobsen Blog

With 10 leadership topics and easy to read within two hours, this book will both teach you and inspire you. You will learn actionable techniques you can put into play the next day. If you don't want to read the book in one sitting, follow Nathan’s suggestion to read one or two leadership topics (one topic per chapter) at a time, and then reflect on and practice the techniques he teaches. New to your leader role? Or, already a leader, but looking to hone your skills?

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Teaching with Tech: The Incredible—and Inevitable—Evolution of the Digital Classroom

Byte Technology

Institutions of teaching still wholly relied on the skill and effectiveness of the individual standing in front of a chalkboard to impart information to a hopefully wide-eyed audience—no matter if they were first graders learning their multiplication tables or medical students delving into the maze of human anatomy. Time and space are no longer limitations, [students can] gain world experience without the heavy cost [and] it teaches independence and responsibility.”.

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

Beth Kanter

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

Beth Kanter

Last month, I spent two days teaching at University of Buffalo, School of Social Work. During my visit, I gave a keynote at a nonprofit leadership conference, facilitated a workshop for social work agencies on networks and data, guest taught a graduate course in social work research and evaluation methods, met with faculty, gave a talk on giving to students at the student union (pictured above), and was interviewed for the podcast series.

Paul Smith Teaches You How To Sell With A Story

Eric Jacobson

Drawing on hundreds of interviews with procurement managers, Paul teaches you how to : Select the right story Craft a compelling and memorable narrative Incorporate challenge, conflict, and resolution Use stories to introduce yourself, build rapport, address objections, add value, bring data to life, and create a sense of urgency Storytelling definitely works in sales, explains Paul, "because a great story changes everything. This is a great week.

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Former Verizon Wireless CEO Teaches Leadership Lessons In New Book

Eric Jacobson

Former Verizon Wireless CEO Denny F. Strigl offers a revealing insight into how he led the company in his new book, Managers, can you hear me now? -- co-authored by Frank Swiatek.

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Teaching Nonprofits How To Bring Relevant Information To Their Desktop

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

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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The 2018 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

EveryAction

Learn strategies, tools and techniques to enhance your individual leadership style and talents. Interactive workshops, techniques you can use at work immediately, and peer networking are among the many benefits that help strengthen individuals, teams, and organizations that attend and support this conference. At the AMA Nonprofit Marketing Conference, we’ll teach you how to reach a bigger audience on a smaller budget, and transform your marketing dollars into maximum impact.

Ten More Ways To Be An Effective Leader

Eric Jacobson

Monday, July 5, 2010 Ten More Ways To Be An Effective Leader Here are 10 behaviors, techniques and tips you can use to be an effective leader: Respond to questions quickly and fully. Coaching is the difference between giving orders and teaching people how to get things done. skip to main | skip to sidebar Eric Jacobson On Management And Leadership Welcome!

Peer Coaching Works

Eric Jacobsen Blog

You'll likely find that everyone on your team has a skill, technique, behavior that they can teach a fellow team member. Do you create an environment at your business/organization that allows peer coaching to succeed? Hopefully you do. If you don't, encourage peer coaching among the members of your team. Peer coaching can be formal, informal or a combination of both.

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Back to School: New Tech for the Classroom of the Future

Byte Technology

The possibilities are truly limitless and go far beyond teaching foreign languages or geography in EL-HI environments: medical students could learn a new surgical procedure in virtual reality; those learning a trade can train on dangerous equipment without the danger; artists can learn new techniques in every medium; beginning code writers can see the practical expressions of their work before it goes live; the list goes on and on.

Peer Coaching Works

Eric Jacobsen Blog

You'll likely find that everyone on your team has a skill, technique, behavior that they can teach a fellow team member. Do you create an environment at your business/organization that allows peer coaching to succeed? Hopefully you do. If you don't, encourage peer coaching among the members of your team. Peer coaching can be formal, informal or a combination of both.

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Encourage Peer Coaching

Eric Jacobsen Blog

You'll likely find that everyone on your team has a skill, technique, behavior that they can teach a fellow team member. Do you create an environment at your business/organization that allows peer coaching? Hopefully you do. If you don't, encourage peer coaching among the members of your team. Peer coaching can be formal, informal or a combination of both.

Fundraising without donor data: What’s that proverb about giving a man a fish?

3rd Sector Labs

Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. There are a number of techniques and best practices that can be implemented through your giving technology to help you gather more complete donor data. Most charities raise money from many different sources – direct mail appeals, online donations, events, United Way campaigns to name a few. How often do the funds come in without workable donor data – or any donor data – behind it?

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How To Create A People-First Culture At Your Workplace

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Friedman teaches that there are seven steps , based on human virtues we all strive to achieve, that are key to unlocking the power of a people-first culture : Patience. Gives you specific techniques and tactics.

Fundraising without donor data: What’s that proverb about giving a man a fish?

3rd Sector Labs

Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. There are a number of techniques and best practices that can be implemented through your giving technology to help you gather more complete donor data. Most charities raise money from many different sources – direct mail appeals, online donations, events, workplace giving campaigns, and matching gift programs to name a few. How often do the funds come in without usable donor data – or any donor data – behind it?

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Sell With A Story

Eric Jacobsen Blog

What took longer was actually convincing myself that writing a book teaching salespeople how to be better storytellers would make the world a better place.

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Fundraising without donor data: What’s that proverb about giving a man a fish?

3rd Sector Labs

Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. There are a number of techniques and best practices that can be implemented through your giving technology to help you gather more complete donor data. Most charities raise money from many different sources – direct mail appeals, online donations, events, United Way campaigns to name a few. How often do the funds come in without workable donor data – or any donor data – behind it?

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#13NTC Session: Mindful or Mindfull Social Media?

Beth Kanter

This session teaches you some techniques including the use of visualization, graphic facilitation, mind-mapping, attention training, and technology tips and tools that you can immediately put into practice to help you and your staff work more efficiently and effectively, enabling you to achieve more in less time and ultimately increase the return of your efforts. He will teach us some drawing techniques for those of us who are not Picassos. Visualization Techniques.

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Peer Coaching Works

Eric Jacobson

You'll likely find that everyone on your team has a skill, technique, behavior that they can teach a fellow team member. Do you create an environment at your business/organization that allows peer coaching to succeed? Hopefully you do. If you don't, encourage peer coaching among the members of your team. Peer coaching can be formal, informal or a combination of both.

5 Ways Nonprofits Can Negotiate for More Funding

NonProfit Hub

Workshops in funding teach that including overhead costs in your funding proposal increases its chances of success. Whenever possible, use negotiation training techniques to establish terms that ensure advance or net-zero payments. Nonprofits face unique challenges that for-profit organizations don’t have to grapple with. First, nonprofits have to ask for money from people who don’t directly use their services. Instead of customers, nonprofits rely on donors.

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How To Lead Your Boss

Eric Jacobsen Blog

So, that is why Mackenzie wrote her book -- to teach you how to take actions that ultimately will improve your impact on the job and increase your happiness and fulfillment in your career. Mackenzie's quick-read strategies focus on these four key areas : Part 1: You First offers techniques to take ownership and accountability for creating a career and life you love. Part 2: Lead Your Boss describes proven techniques to transform your relationship with your boss.

Coaching in your Learning and Development Program

Gyrus

Instructional designers have been trying for years to come up with the perfect teachings for organizational entities, with learnings ranging from electronic, social, micro, mobile, instructor-led, and blended. In these meetings present the employees with real-life practice problems or perhaps current departmental issues that best reflect the teachings of the lessons. It can also consist of reinforcement of techniques and procedures.

How To Create A People-First Culture At Your Workplace

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Friedman teaches that there are seven steps , based on human virtues we all strive to achieve, that are key to unlocking the power of a people-first culture : Patience. Gives you specific techniques and tactics. If you want to create a heart culture and a people-first culture at your workplace, read the book, Advisory Leadership , by Greg Friedman.

Encourage Peer Coaching

Eric Jacobson

You'll likely find that everyone on your team has a skill, technique, behavior that they can teach a fellow team member. Do you create an environment at your business/organization that allows peer coaching to succeed? Hopefully you do. If you don't, encourage peer coaching among the members of your team. Peer coaching can be formal, informal or a combination of both.

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

Beth Kanter

2) Start A New Professional Journal: For as long as I can remember, I have kept an annual professional journal, using a variation of bullet journal technique. Chris Brogan’s technique is select three words, but I modify it by articulating key themes. I’ve used Chris Brogan’s technique for over a decade and found it very helpful in keeping me focused. I will continue to write about and teach workshops on digital strategy.

How To Lead Your Boss

Eric Jacobsen Blog

So, that is why Mackenzie wrote her book -- to teach you how to take actions that ultimately will improve your impact on the job and increase your happiness and fulfillment in your career. Mackenzie's quick-read strategies focus on these four key areas : Part 1: You First offers techniques to take ownership and accountability for creating a career and life you love. Part 2: Lead Your Boss describes proven techniques to transform your relationship with your boss.

Nonprofit Technology Training: Book List

Beth Kanter

” I’ll co-teaching the session with colleagues Andrea Berry, John Kenyon, and Cindy Leonard. The session will cover what to do before, during, and after leading an effective technology training and provide lots of practical tips that will help you design fun, interactive, and highly effective technology training workshops. I read a lot of educational technology, training, and teaching blogs, follow those people on Twitter, curate on Scoop.It, etc to keep up.

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Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

Patrick Ball is in Colombia for most of the next three months teaching the techniques of human rights statistics and information processing at the National University there. Our human rights group is active all over the place right now. Africa is definitely getting more attention from us. Kristen Cibelli is on her way to Uganda right now.

How To Be The Synergist To End Gridlock

Eric Jacobsen Blog

And, he teaches that skill set in his new book, The Synergist -- How to Lead Your Team to Predictable Success. And, finally, in Part 3 , McKeown provides you the tools and techniques, as the Synergist, to consciously and in an accelerated and structured way bring success to the group. Why do so many teams and groups fail to perform --achieving compromise at best and gridlock at worst?

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The 2016 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar

EveryAction

We have gathered an outstanding group of field experts to teach how to build and sustain this kind of governance. Designed for advancement professionals charged with starting or growing a student philanthropy program.Learn techniques to create a tradition of gratitude and support for the institution among students. Learn best practices and the latest techniques and technologies to meet your greatest challenges.

How To Lead Your Boss

Eric Jacobsen Blog

So, that is why Mackenzie wrote her book -- to teach you how to take actions that ultimately will improve your impact on the job and increase your happiness and fulfillment in your career. Mackenzie's quick-read strategies focus on these four key areas : Part 1: You First offers techniques to take ownership and accountability for creating a career and life you love. Part 2: Lead Your Boss describes proven techniques to transform your relationship with your boss.

Best New Leadership Book Of 2019

Eric Jacobsen Blog

I selected this book as best for its innovative format, timely and pertinent content, and how easy it is to put what Paul teaches to immediate use as a leader. With eight hours in the workday and this book being a one-hour read, you can teach 40 colleagues in a workweek how to master the 10 stories great leaders tell. Each year, after reading and reviewing dozens of new leadership books, I select my pick for the year's best new leadership book.

Mindful or Mind Full Social Media?

Beth Kanter

This session will teach you some techniques that you can immediately put into practice and help you work more efficiently and effectively, enabling you to achieve more in less time and ultimately increase the return of your efforts. Visualization Techniques.

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Jon Stahl's Teaser: Building New Work Habits In A Networked World

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Jon Stahl at ONE/Northwest posts a little teaser on some experiments they're doing to integrate the use of new techniques and tools like Wikis, blogs, RSS feeds, etc into their work flow. He's learned from these experiments that it is challenging to adopt these tools/techniques and there needs to be an investment in teaching and learning.

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

Beth Kanter

1) Review the Year: For as long as I can remember, I have kept an annual professional journal, using a variation of bullet journal technique. I’ve used Chris Brogan’s technique for over a decade and found it very helpful in keeping me focused. Resilience: This relates to all the curriculum, writing, and teaching I do around The Happy Healthy Nonprofit and Leadership Development. I will continue to write about and teach workshops on digital strategy.

10 Power Words Nonprofits Use to Increase Conversions

NonProfit Hub

That’s why we’re going to teach you about power words. No formulas or complex techniques—just simple and powerful words you can implement into your copy to increase conversion rates. There are over 1.5 million nonprofits in the United States. That means if you want to stand out, you need to do something different. Sure, you could offer different pricing, features or benefits, but there’s one element you can tweak to increase conversions almost instantly: copywriting.

How To Lead Your Boss

Eric Jacobsen Blog

So, that is why Mackenzie wrote her book -- to teach you how to take actions that ultimately will improve your impact on the job and increase your happiness and fulfillment in your career. Mackenzie's quick-read strategies focus on these four key areas : Part 1: You First offers techniques to take ownership and accountability for creating a career and life you love. Part 2: Lead Your Boss describes proven techniques to transform your relationship with your boss.

How To Lead Your Boss

Eric Jacobsen Blog

So, that is why Mackenzie wrote her book -- to teach you how to take actions that ultimately will improve your impact on the job and increase your happiness and fulfillment in your career. Mackenzie's quick-read strategies focus on these four key areas : Part 1: You First offers techniques to take ownership and accountability for creating a career and life you love. Part 2: Lead Your Boss describes proven techniques to transform your relationship with your boss.

Encourage Peer Coaching

Eric Jacobson

You''ll likely find that everyone on your team has a skill, technique, behavior that they can teach a fellow team member. Do you create an environment at your business/organization that allows peer coaching? Hopefully you do. If you don''t, encourage peer coaching among the members of your team. Peer coaching can be formal, informal or a combination of both.

Recruiting Geeks for Human Rights!

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

What we do: Benetech's Human Rights Data Analysis Group (HRDAG) develops database software, data collection strategies, and statistical techniques to measure human rights atrocities. Teach good programming practice and provide general programming and tech support (everything beyond basic IT stuff) to the rest of the team, who are experts in statistics and social science with varying degrees of techiness.