Helping Them Learn Better
Most adults have never given much thought
to what helps them learn new information. Here are some tips to share
with volunteers before the training session.
Rules of Brainstorming
A recent workshop reminded a trainer of the importance
of reviewing the rules of brainstorming. As a group got into a brainstorm
discussion, the trainer overhead comments like the following, "Yes,
but that isn't practical." "You shouldn't put that up."
"I think we need to eliminate some things."
It is easy to assume that all adults know and remember
the rules of brainstorming. Bad assumption! It is easier to quickly
review the rules, than trying to fix a very judgmental group
To illustrate your point give everyone a paper clip.
Have people sitting near one another brainstorm for 60 seconds all the
uses for a paper clip. Make sure two people are writing. Then have the
group with the highest number read their list. This quick exercise helps
the brain go into a creative mode and brainstorming around the workshop
topic that follows is more productive.
October 9-12, 2002 - International Conference on Volunteer Administration, Denver, CO, Adams Mark Hotel, sponsored by the Association for Volunteer Administration.
A Performance Improvement Plan
Sometimes volunteers have problems carrying out an assigned task or duty. They want to get better and the staff and clients or members wish they would, too. Once the problem has been identified, the staff person responsible can engage in a planning process to enhance skills. Here is a Performance Improvement Worksheet to help the volunteer move into the winner column.
COLLEGE PROGRAMS ON NONPROFIT AND VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT
Close to 200 colleges and universities offer academic programs on nonprofit and volunteer sector management. They are usually master's degree programs, but not always. American Humanics sponsors undergraduate programs, as well. If you are looking to push out the professional development window, consider taking a course at one of these colleges. A full list resides at http://pirate.shu.edu/~mirabero. Thank Roseanne Mirabella, of Seton Hall University for keeping up with this list.
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