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Training Volunteers and Professional Development

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: mba@bmi.net

~February 2014 ~

REDUCE THE "NOISE"

    

You have the PowerPoint’s, your workshop notes are ready, you are wearing a slick new shirt/blouse, and are ready to trai.No matter the preparation there are things seemingly out of your control that can create “distractions” for the learners.  Most you can do little about.  Here is a checklist to help reduce distractions where this some control.

  1. Make sure ringing phones cannot be heard by participants.  It is almost impossible to hear a ringing phone and not want to answer it.
  2. Make elaborate gestures to insure everyone has turned cell phone to vibrate. Demonstrate turning off your phone so everyone can see it.
  3. Using a mike?  Arrive early enough to adjust the microphone to be loud enough for the hard of hearing to hear, but not so loud it clears the room.man pointing
  4. Arrive early enough to make sure the room has your preferred configuration: conference style rounds; classroom style with tables; just chairs.
  5. Be sure the room is arranged so you can physically reach the back of the room.  This allows for observation of groups or individual work.
  6. Check all AV equipment. Power Point projector. Easels and markers. Cords and outlets. Never made assumptions. Carry an extra extension cord. Suppose someone has borrowed the projector??  Oops!

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Get a tip on some aspect of volunteer administration daily on Twitter.

You do not need a twitter account. Just visit the site on the Web. Paste this address into your browser and you can pick up new ideas. Book mark the page for ease of revisiting.

http://twitter.com/nlmacduff

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Professional Development

Ideas, theories, information, and training for those who manage the work of volunteers



ONLINE COLLEGE CLASSES FOR VOLUNTEER ADMINISTRATORS

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Earn a Professional Development Certificate

Volunteer Engagement and Leadership Program (VELP)

Online Classes

March 31 , 2014

  • Recruiting Volunteers
  • Evaluation and Recognition in Volunteer Programs

More details on classes. Click here

Sign up for an email list if you wish to be notified about new classes.

Send inquiries to: mba@bmi.net

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A TIP A DAY ON MANAGING VOLUNTEERS

Interested in quick tips on recruiting, coaching, communication, record keeping for your volunteer program.  Follow Volunteer Today publisher and editor, Nancy Macduff on Twitter.  She is posting quick ideas each workday on Twitter about the administration of volunteers.  Check out this new quick resource on Twitter at NLMacduff.  It is the VERY abbreviated form of Volunteer Today.

Nancy is seeking tips, hints, ideas, comments on things related to the management and administration of volunteers.  You can leave a Tweet on the Twitter site or email Nancy at mba@bmi.net.  The tip cannot be longer than 140 spaces or characters. 

REMEMBER: Followers on Twitter can set their profile on privacy to avoid getting unwanted Tweets.  Also, you must pick up Tweets, they do not pop up like your email.  Make it a bookmark on your computer.  Yes, you can Twitter from your computer,  you do not need a smart phone!

If you have not used this social media form of communication and would like to learn how to use it for future communication with volunteers, this is a good way to practice.  Tell the people in your organization and your colleagues in the community about this new site, exclusively for those who coordinate the work of volunteers.


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JOURNAL FOR DIRECTORS OF VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS

The International Journal of Volunteer Administration is a practitioner journal grounded in solid scholarship in the field of volunteerism, but with practical advice for those who manage volunteers.

The Journal is a refereed publication of the North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC, USA. The IJOVA seeks to provide an exchange of ideas and a sharing of knowledge and insights about volunteerism and volunteer management and administration, both in North America and internationally.

The Journal is a not-for-profit service of North Carolina State University that seeks to connect practitioners, academicians, and consultants in greater service to the global volunteer community and the professionals who lead it.

The IJOVA is governed by a six-member Editorial Board representing the three predominant genres of volunteer management professionals: (a) practicing managers of volunteers, (b) consultants, and (c) academicians focusing upon volunteer management and administration. Three Board members represent the United States while one member each represents Canada, Mexico, and Europe.

Subscriptions are a modest $40. for the electronic journal. For more information and to read six issues for free go to the IJOVA Web site.


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AL!VE SEEKS MEMBERS


The Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement (AL!VE) is a national organization that supports and advocates for professionals in the field of volunteer management.  Membership is diverse cross section of professionals who are managers, directors, trainers, and consultants committed to the engagement of volunteers.

You can learn more about AL!VE at their Web site.  http://www.volunteeralive.org There is information on the board of directors, resources, newsletter, and committees.  It is now possible to join the organization online as it moves forward in its development. 


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Certified in Volunteer Administration (CVA)

Volunteer Today encourages mangers of volunteers to enhance their skills and effectiveness on the job through a variety of educational opportunities. Experienced managers of volunteers can highlight that skill achievement by seeking the Certified in Volunteer Administration (CVA) endorsement. The Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration (CCVA) advances the profession and practice of volunteer resource management by certifying individuals who demonstrate knowledge and competence in the leadership of volunteers. Certified in Volunteer Administration (CVA) is an international credential awarded to practitioners with at least 3 years of experience who successfully complete an exam and written portfolio process. Originally developed by the Association for Volunteer Administration (AVA) several decades ago, the credentialing program is now sponsored by the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration. For detailed information visit their Web site at: http://www.cvacert.org.


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