Pack Your Bags
Participants in workshops often bring "baggage" with them to training sessions. The baggage can be work-related or just how long it took to get to the training session. A clever way to help them set aside those concerns for the length of the training and to do introductions is the "Pack Your Bags" exercise.
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Macduff Conducts Basic and Advanced Workshops in Seattle in January
Nancy Macduff, Senior Editor and Publisher of Volunteer Today is conducting two workshops on the management of volunteers in Seattle, Washington, on January 24 and 25, 2005. Topics for the first workshop include the basics of recruiting volunteers, including episodic volunteers, and working with corporate volunteer programs. The advanced training, for those with two or more years of experience managing volunteers, involves supervision strategies, empowering volunteers, and a primer on risk management planning. For more information contact: Patty Igo at PattyI@UWSC.ORG.
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Keep Training Real
Adult learners are interested most in training that is directly related to their position. They expect training to be relevant to what they do and practical. As you plan training think of exercises or practice sessions to connect training to the reality of the position they will undertake. Here are some examples of "reality 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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