| Training Volunteers 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: email@example.com
~October 2014 ~
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 3X5 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 -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 8-10 minutes for this activity.
To debrief the introductions ask the following questions:
The debriefing should take no more than 10 minutes. Not all participants answer. It is a general discussion.
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.
Leave at least 15 minutes for participants. Never have a late dismissal to do the letters. Provide lined paper and envelope.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
AL!VE SEEKS MEMBERS
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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