|VolunteerToday.com ~~ The Electronic Gazette for Volunteerism|
VT readers ask questions about volunteer management
and administration. Ask Connie, an experienced volunteer manager, consultant
and trainer, provides the answers for all to see.
~ October 2006 ~
Where are some resources (Internet possibly) where I can read up on skills in supervising, not doing everything oneself and giving specific directions without micromanaging? Thank you!
On the technical side, there is some very useful information at VolunteerToday in the "Management and Supervision" section. Be sure to do a search of the site on "supervision" and youll find many articles, tips, and other useful information. Another good source is Court Appointed Special Advocates, where you'll find a supervision section. Don't miss "7 Deadly Sins of Supervision," by Rick Lynch.
Your role as a supervisor of volunteers is also about
leadership, which is a personal quest. There are many good books on supervision
and leadership available for sale through the Internet. Check out the
publications sections of these sites: Energize,
Today, and Jossey-Bass.
I am new to the position of Volunteer Coordinator. I have a large group orientation scheduled for my volunteer drivers. I would like to know what information you feel is important to present. Thank you in advance for any information you may be able to provide.
An effective orientation will provide your volunteers with the following types of information:
Training identifies those skills, knowledge, and behavior that are essential in good job performance. It is practical, experiential, and tailored to the individual needs of the volunteers being trained. Effective training teaches volunteers:
I am preparing to do my first volunteer training. I've written my lesson plan based on my learning objectives. I have my handouts printed and ready to go. Any last minute advice you can give me? Thanks for all your help!
Connie's Fundamental Training Tips:
Connie Pirtle, of Strategic NonProfit-Resources, has 15 years' experience in working with volunteers. She has consulted and/or trained for such organizations as the Washington National Cathedral, Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Music America, and the Association for Volunteer Administration.
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