Checking In With Volunteers
Are volunteers using skills learned in training? You can check it out. A little summary and a follow-up, and you can test the effectiveness of your orientation and training.
Powers of Observation
Many volunteers have positions where their powers of observation are essential. Managers of volunteers can assume that some people are born with that skill, but it is likely that the majority of people need to enhance their observational skills. A training session to enhance the power of observation might begin with this exercise.
The next step is to lead into training exercises that test the learners ability to observe and accurately record and report, when they are in their role as a volunteer.
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Test Your Grammar
A common complaint about email is the poor grammar and spelling of many writers. Here is a quiz on the use of "a" and "an." To calculate your grammar quotient, divide the number of correct answers by the total number of questions.
1. He gave __ eulogy.
2. Juanita was __ heir to beautiful hair
3. She attended ___ one-day workshop.
4. Sam wanted to move to ___ university town.
5. Gettysburg was ___ historic battle.
6. Kadesha received ___ $11,000 settlement.
7. Receiving the Silver Star was ___ honor.
8. I harvested ___ herb garden.
9. Ali sent a memo with ___ FYI post-it note.
10. The volunteer position required her to wear ____ uniform.
Answers: 1. a; 2. an; 3. a; 4. a; 5. a; 6. an; 7. an; 8. an; 9. an; 10. a
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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/kellogg.html. Thank Roseanne Mirabella, of Seton Hall University for keeping up with this list.
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