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The Training Page of Volunteer Today has practical trainer techniques and activities to make orientation sessions more productive and valuable. There are also ideas to help enhance the professional volunteer manager's training level.
Presentation Visual Tips
Visuals are essential to make an effective presentation. It can be slides, poster, overhead transparency, or power point slides. What ever you use, it needs to be more than the notes of your speech.
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Musical Chairs Review
A review at the end of training session or the end of a day of training is one key to insuring the information will make it into long-term memory. Here is an energy building review that is fun, too.
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Training Volunteer Writers
Volunteers are often called upon to write for the organizational newsletter, e-news briefs, end of project reports, or promotional material. Consider offering a "writing" workshop for volunteers likely to be writing for the organization. Here are some tips to share during the training.
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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