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. Training Design

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.

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How to Gamify Compliance Training


How to Gamify Compliance Training. In September we explored ways in which to make compliance training more fun, with our article entitled “ Fun Compliance Training – A Real Phrase ” However, we did not fully dive into the depths of manners in which such fun could be accomplished. This is easiest to achieve in processes that are difficult to comprehend or that are a little more obscure than a straightforward and rigid compliance training course.

Nonprofit Technology Training: Book List

Beth Kanter

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.” I read a lot of educational technology, training, and teaching blogs, follow those people on Twitter, curate on Scoop.It, etc to keep up. When I’m training other trainers, I often get asked “What books should I read?” Training Design

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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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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The Dance Floor and The Balcony Social Media Training

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I just finished doing a training for Open Society Institute media and information coordinators on social media with colleague, David Sasaki , from Global Voices. Our charge was to teach back-to-back simultaneous workshops covering social media strategy for NGOs and social media tools. It made me think of the metaphor of the Dance Floor and the Balcony a phrase and exercise that I learned from a session that Eric Eugene Kim facilitated. .

How To Think Like An Instructional Designer for Your Nonprofit Trainings

Beth Kanter

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. And, if you are attending NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology in March, join me, John Kenyon, Andrea Barry, and Cindy Leonard for a session on designing effective technology training. Training is only valuable if participants apply what they learn.

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

Beth Kanter

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. We framed the session as what to think about before, during, and after a training , using the “ADDIE” model as an organizing device. 6 Tips for Evaluating Your Training Session. The Feng Shui of Good Teaching.

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


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.

Coaching in your Learning and Development Program


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.

Baseball and your Learning Organization


I could talk about learning techniques utilized in the past seven games and why players were less intimidated by pitches they encountered the second and third time around, or possibly what a combined 176 years of waiting can teach us in preparing for the future. Training data eLLBaseball and your Learning Organization.

Trainer’s Notebook: Using Posters To Spark Learning

Beth Kanter

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. Even if you have a short amount of time to teach (and set up), you can make your trainings (and meetings) interactive. How do you make your trainings or meeting more fun that can lead to more learning? Training Design

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

Beth Kanter

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. Going beyond content delivery, I also use a lot of participatory and hands-on learning techniques to help students gain a deeper understanding. That’s why I always enjoy teaching in flexible classroom spaces.

Creating Learning Experiences That Connect, Inspire, and Engage

Beth Kanter

On New Year’s Day, I heard a story on NPR about some research on instructional techniques used by many college professors – the lecture and how it is less effective in an age information abundance. If your true goal is inspire people to learn, then you need to incorporate techniques so people can process the information every ten minutes. It’s more fun to teach this way and more fun to learn this. Techniques. Training Design

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.

Peeragogy: Self Organized Peer Learning in Networks

Beth Kanter

As a trainer, I’m intensely interested in creating learning experiences that integrate or about how to use the technology for nonprofits that engage and inspire people to put the ideas into practice. I’ve been obsessed with peer learning and self-directed learning models in my own learning and the trainings I design and facilitate. Training DesignPhoto by Aussiegal.

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!

Reflections: Center for Health Leadership Social Media Workshop

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I was honored to be included as one of the instructors for the Center for Health Leadership (CHL) at UC Berkeley 21st Century New Media Training Series, designed for health professionals to learn how to strategically use new media for public health practice and health care. I couldn’t resist the opportunity to facilitate workshops in the context of a leadership program. 2. Living Case Study Technique: Assessment also helps find examples from the participants themselves.

Reflections on a Decade of Designing and Facilitating Interactive Webinars

Beth Kanter

It has been over 10 years since I designed and delivered my first workshop/webinar on, “ Designing Effective Technology Training Workshops for Nonprofits ” with NTEN. Because webinars were a new medium to trainers back then, 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. Learning Training Design

Reflections from Networked Nonprofit Workshop for Latin American NGOs

Beth Kanter

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. The second day was a networked leadership workshop that focused on how participants could use their personal brands on social in service of the organization’s mission and practical leadership skills training.

Designing Transformative Communications Capacity Building Programs for Nonprofits

Beth Kanter

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What I Learned About Unpresenting from Heather Gold

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

In addition to comedy, Heather is a keynote speaker and teaches her unique style of interactive performance in “ unpresenting &# workshops. Translation Techniques: If you use any jargon, be sure to pause and ask “Does everyone know what that is?&# Try to establish relevancy in the room. In addition to comedy, Heather is a keynote speaker and teaches her unique style of interactive performance in “unpresenting&# workshops.

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

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I've been involved with teaching and learning technology for nonprofits since 1993 when I worked for the New York Foundation for the Arts' online network for artists, Arts Wire. I was immediately thrown into a situation of dynamic teaching and learning. And then immediately create instructional materials and trainings for the community. Here's the description: Join Beth Kanter who has been teaching nonprofit technology workshops for over 15 years, both offline and online.

Does Extreme Content Delivery = Learning?

Beth Kanter

If you are a trainer, you are working with the human brain every day and you need to know as much as possible about how humans learn and how to teach a topic well. The book goes into depth about each of these principles and how to incorporate into a training session. One technique described that I use often is “share pairs,” it makes people get it up, take that body break, and check in with someone. Training Design Source: Zazzle. How do you learn?

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

Beth Kanter

I’ve just returned from an amazing trip of facilitating workshops, discussions and master classes as well as a keynoting a conference on “ Measuring the Networked Nonprofit ” in Australia and New Zealand. It made me very happy to be teaching non-stop for almost two weeks. I’m always learning as I help others learn. Here’s a couple of reflections from my “trainer’s notebook.” Training Design

Reflections from Networked Nonprofit Workshop for 300 People

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I feel that my technology training for nonprofits work is more like a calling for me than simply a job or career. For the past 15 years, I have been excited about nonprofit technology training design and delivery and it is what I will continue to focus on as part of my role at Zoetica over the coming years. I’ve using the technique to deliver conversational keynotes at conferences. Tags: Training Design Colorado Project.

Reflections from SexTech Conference

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I've been trying to internalize some of the tips and techniques that I have been learning from reading Cliff Atkinson's book on the back channel and teaching trainers. One technique is to plan what you're going to say as a series of Tweets. Tags: technology training On Saturday, I was delighted to have an opportunity to attend and speak at the SexTech 2010 Conference.

The Power of Our Collective Professional Networks and Transdisciplinarity Learning

Beth Kanter

Since we were working on how to integrate networked leadership principles into the design of a program, I wanted to incorporate an icebreaker that helped us visualize our professional networks and see the interactions. As part of the workshops I have facilitated to teach nonprofits to become networked nonprofits, I created an exercise called “Creating the Me to We Network.” Network Map Networks Training Design

The Networked NGO in Pakistan

Beth Kanter

This year a lot of my work as Visiting Scholar at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation is working with grantees outside of the US. Last week, I had the pleasure of working with a group of Population and Reproductive Health grantees from Pakistan on a peer learning group called “ The Networked NGO ,” based on the ideas in my book, The Networked Nonprofit. The four-day intensive face-to-face training was for senior level staff and their social media staffers.

A Few Reflections from SXSW Crowdsourcing Panel

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The second topic started percolating at last year's SXSW Social Media for Social Good BBQ and a question - so where are the good examples and techniques? And, of course, crowd sourcing is a technique being used across the social sector for different goals. Seattle Free School , suggested by Amy Sample Ward, uses social media to organize classes and teach students. Tags: sxsw training materials Crowdsourcing View more presentations from Beth Kanter.

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. When conducting a nonprofit negotiation workshop for a grant, it’s important to train members to include terms for when payments should be made. Whenever possible, use negotiation training techniques to establish terms that ensure advance or net-zero payments.

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The Networked NGO in India

Beth Kanter

This year a lot of my work as Visiting Scholar at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation is working with grantees outside of the US. I’ve just returned from leading a training for Population and Reproductive Health grantees from India. This was the launch of a peer learning group called “ The Networked NGO ,” based on the ideas in my book, The Networked Nonprofit. The four-day intensive face-to-face training was for senior level staff and their social media staffers.

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ArtsLabSF: Reflections About Social Learning With Social Media

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

He welcomed me to the Bay Area and asked if I would be interested in doing some trainings for the local arts community. My teaching style has been influenced by constructivism in short - less "sage on the stage" and "more guide on the side" and that learners should be actively involved in their learning process. I think this style is a better match for social media as well as social media training. Tags: training materials

#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.

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Data-Driven Millennials in the Social Sector


While applying data and evaluation techniques has been used to measure things for decades, the social sector is beginning to learn the art of measuring impact outside of revenue and productivity. In an effort to not only provide the skilled workforce to the social sector, Evaluate for Change , a program evaluation company that trains nonprofit professionals, strives to educate practitioners who are already in the field.

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Free Webinar May 28: Multimedia and Youth Programs

Tech Soup Blog

Technology and youth can go hand in hand… if you have the right tools, techniques, and training. They are teaching skills that not only captivate the imagination, but create general technology awareness, and build skills for developing a college portfolio and securing internships. Tags: Digital Divide Multimedia & Graphics Online Seminar Software Training

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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. A great deal of my training work is done face-to-face.

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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Bridging the Skills-Gap with Competency-Based Learning


According to the 2014 Accenture Manufacturing Skills and Training study: 50% of manufacturers were planning to increase their staff by at least 5%. Next, the association takes each competency and creates specific learning activities that teach that competency. For example, when a new welding technique is introduced, the LMS can easily track the content related to those competencies. Post by Jack McGrath, President of Digitec Interactive.

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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. A great deal of my training work is done face-to-face. Resilience: This relates to all the curriculum, writing, and teaching I do around The Happy Healthy Nonprofit and Leadership Development.

The 2016 Best Nonprofit Conferences Calendar


We've scoured the nonprofit-sphere for high-quality conferences and forums, informal trainings, and more that will be taking place all over the world, focusing on essential topics like: Nonprofit management. We have gathered an outstanding group of field experts to teach how to build and sustain this kind of governance. Learn best practices and the latest techniques and technologies to meet your greatest challenges.