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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.
Trainers need three types of skills; intellectual, personal, and presentation. Those skills in harmony go a long way to enhancing the training environment. Use this checklist to see if there are ways you can improve.
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Steps to Effective One-to-One Training
Many managers of volunteers do their training one volunteer at a time. Here is an outline of one method to organize training that is one-to-one.
Step 1 ~ Preparation
1. Understand how adults learn.
Step 2 ~ Meet with Volunteer
1. Determine the level of knowledge (needs assessment) of volunteer.
Step 3 ~ Instruction/Training
1. Do a small portion of task (demonstration).
Step 4 ~ Volunteer Practice
1. Arrange teaching techniques where volunteer demonstrates their competence.
Step 5 ~ Follow-up
1. Arrange for volunteer to bring you samples of their work.
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Training in Bowling Green, Kentucky
The ALIVE Center, of Bowling Green, Kentucky is offering a workshop on volunteerism to area non-profits. The workshop is designed to help people manage volunteers more effectively. The workshop is being held Tuesday, June 7th, 2005 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm at the ALIVE Center.
Nancy Macduff of Macduff/Bunt Associates, a training and consulting service of Walla Walla, WA will be presenting information on volunteer team supervision, motivation and retention of volunteers, legal risks and successful episodic volunteer events.
These workshops are offered FREE but you must register by contacting Tracy Harkins, ALIVE Grant Facilitator, firstname.lastname@example.org or 270-782-0824. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.
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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