| Volunteer Training and Professional
The Training page for Volunteer Today has historically focused on tips for trainers. Each issue will now have information on some aspect of professional development for managers of volunteers and some articles on how to be a better trainer of volunteers. The author of this page, Nancy Macduff, is open to ideas and suggestions from readers on what might be useful information in the area of professional development. You can email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
~ August 2007 ~ Topics
Introductions in Training
Introductions during a training session can drag on, be boring, and take too much time. Here is a simple introductory activity that is quick and lends itself to loosening up the group and getting them ready for training.
Provide each person with a 3 x 5 card with lines and pen or pencil. As them to jot down three questions he/she would like to ask a person he/she met for the first time. Suggest to the group to be creative and not just go for name, job, etc.
Give the group 3 to 5 minutes to formulate and write down questions. Ask participants to move around the room, exchanging questions and answers. Tell them to try to meet as many people as possible. Allow 8 to 10 minutes for this activity.
To debrief the introductions ask the following questions:
The debriefing should take no more than 10 minutes.
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Training Evaluation Letter
Evaluating training is as important as the training itself. It is through evaluation that trainers get information about what is working for learners and what needs work. One method of getting feedback is to have the learners write the trainer a letter. This sample letter is different from the "check-box" type of evaluation, but can provide valuable information.
Training Galore for Managers of Volunteer Programs
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://tltc.shu.edu/npo/. Thank Roseanne Mirabella, of Seton Hall University for keeping up with this list.
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