Get The Most From That Workshop
Managers of volunteers frequently attend workshops. Sometimes volunteers are sent to workshops to enhance skills. Here are some tips to get the most from the next workshop. Managers should share them with volunteers when the person is attending a session on behalf of the organization.
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An Ice Breaker To Promote Interaction
Distribute to each person in a workshop the following questions on a handout.
Have each person answer five of these questions. Arrange people in groups of five to seven. Each person selects one question. They introduce themselves and then answer the question for the group. Different people will answer different questions, which gives more spontaneity to this exercise.
An adaptation of this is to have each person stand and tell the most interesting thing about one person in their group. Do not do this if the group is larger than 20.
Another adaptation is to have each group determine one question they would like answered by the trainer. Then the trainer answers them by way of introduction.
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Reviews are a means to remind trainees what they learned in a workshop or training session. The more interactive that process the better. Incorporating planning helps with the transfer of learning to strategies in the workplace. This graffiti wrap-up takes about 30 minutes, but can be worth the time taken.
Put people in class in groups of three. Give each group two sheets of easel paper. Have them tape the paper together on the short side. They then should turn the paper lengthwise to make a graffiti wall.
The groups assignment is to use words, symbols, diagrams, pictures, or graphics to illustrate what they have learned and what they plan to do when they go to their volunteer position. Each group then presents their graffiti wall to the rest of the group.
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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/kellogg.html. Thank Roseanne Mirabella, of Seton Hall University for keeping up with this list.
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