Posts Tagged "nonprofits"

Facilitation Skills

Posted by on Feb 15, 2018 in | 0 comments

Facilitation Skills

Facilitation is different than teaching or doing. Facilitating is about enabling a group to achieve results through your process design and facilitating efforts. Create an environment that allows others to contribute to an important objective, benefiting themselves or the greater good.

What you gain:

  • A true understanding of what it means to facilitate.
  • Specific skills to balance the role of “leader” and the role of “enabler.”
  • Learning to manage the natural tensions of a group.
  • Tools and strategies for planning your facilitation.

What the organization gains:

  • Members of your staff you can trust to represent your organization well in community efforts.
  • Results based on better input and diversity of the people participating.
  • An internal resource to develop and facilitate meetings or initiatives.

If you are interested in this topic, you might also be interested in “Engaging the Community in Your Efforts” scheduled for February 8, 2017 9:00 – 4:00.

Lunch is included in your tuition.

 

Get Savvy – Difference-Making Training is designed for nonprofits and others making a difference in their community (education, health care, government departments, etc.). The discussions and activities will be within the context of these organizations. You are welcome regardless of your organizational affiliation as the skill-development is universal.

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Delegation Done Right

Posted by on Jan 24, 2018 in | 0 comments

Delegation Done Right

Are you taking on too much work yourself because you have been disappointed in what your staff delivers when you delegate? Invest the time to learn how to delegate more effectively and improve your experience and that of those who report to you.

What you gain:

  • Specific process for delegating so that you get the results you are looking for.
  • Staff more skilled at contributing to the department and organization.

What the organization gains:

  • Skill development of staff as they learn to contribute to different projects.
  • Skill development for leaders as they become better at managing the work within their department.

 

Get Savvy – Difference-Making Training is designed for nonprofits and others making a difference in their community (education, health care, government departments, etc.). The discussions and activities will be within the context of these organizations. You are welcome regardless of your organizational affiliation as the skill-development is universal.

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Leaders Telling Stories

Posted by on Jan 8, 2018 in | 0 comments

Leaders Telling Stories

What does storytelling have to do with leadership? How do you capture people’s imagination in the community? This training helps you to recognize the role that stories play in creating culture, engaging staff and community, and making your mission memorable.

What you gain:

  • Applying a century old practice of using stories to build engagement.
  • Confidence in trusting your own experiences and vision to motivate staff.
  • Consider what stories may say about your department or organization.

What the organization gains:

  • Leadership skills focused on motivating and aligning staff.
  • Practiced communicators sharing the value of your organization.

 

Get Savvy – Difference-Making Training is designed for nonprofits and others making a difference in their community (education, health care, government departments, etc.). The discussions and activities will be within the context of these organizations. You are welcome regardless of your organizational affiliation as the skill-development is universal.

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Dazzling Graduates will Shine in their Training!

Posted by on Jul 3, 2016 in Training and Presentations | 0 comments

Dazzling Graduates will Shine in their Training!

On Wednesday, June 29th, I had the privilege of working with 15 individuals who provide training for their agencies. They attended my Dazzle Them! Presentation Skills.  And they dazzled in so many ways! Here are key things learned…either by them, by me, or both.

  • They spoke with such passion about the work that they do and the people they serve. In listening to them speak (especially as they learned what Dazzling can sound like!) I had no doubt that I would trust them to work with someone I care about. A special recognition to Catholic Charities Community Services who invested heavily in their staff to match their commitment to staff training.
  • Several people commented that they were struck by the notion that the training is not about them, but about the learners – and how that shift in perspective frees them up to do so much more. (Does that sound obvious? But, do you get caught up in yourself when you have some form of public speaking to do? Most do!)
  • Everyone showed up on time ready to go. They attributed some of that to the welcome letter that I sent to them that they felt prepared them for the day. That was the start of learning the role of tone, environment, and context for an effective training.

While this training was focused on Presentation Skills, they were quick to recognize that the design of the training is also critical to their success.  That’s why those who hadn’t already registered for Dazzle Them! Curriculum Development are returning to work to speak to their managers about registering! Dazzle Them ! Curriculum Development is being held in Rochester on July 20th. Click here for more information. There’s room for you and right now, most attending did not attend Presentation Skills. So you will fit right in!

My signature series of Dazzle Them! continues to be well received.  The words most often used to describe their reactions to the training were: glad I came, kept my attention, lively, energizing, fun, useful, have new ideas, informative, interesting, very beneficial, and I contributed. The overall rating for the training/trainer was 4.88 out of 5.

I love working with trainers on their skills! When done well, training can make a world of difference!

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Mission: Accomplished

Posted by on Dec 19, 2015 in Nonprofits | 0 comments

Mission: Accomplished

One of my most memorable moments as a consultant was when everyone in the room all had the “that’s it!” moment within a second of each other. I was working with a new agency to develop their mission and vision statements and they were so excited when, after a few hours of consideration, they knew they got it “right”.

I have worked with many organizations and teams to help develop guiding statements. And yet, I had ventured into my own business somewhat organically, and when I made the leap to full time I did so with a sense of my mission, but nothing documented.

And so, I took that on for myself. It was a different experience creating alone as opposed to guiding a company or agency where several stakeholders are involved. In this case, I wanted my work to truly reflect me, and why I do what I do. And so I made it an internal, self-reflective process.

Let me share three observations I made as I worked:

1) I have several people who keep pushing me to market to corporations because “that’s where the money is”, and yet, I chose to focus my mission on nonprofits, not because I haven’t and won’t work with others, but because I am most interested in working with organizations that are mission-driven and have strong values that support the communities they work in. Nonprofits tend to speak about themselves that way and I get easily invested in what they do and how they do it. While my mission may be limiting, I believe that for profits who are strongly connected to the type of approach that I take won’t feel disconnected from what I offer. That became the case just this month. I have a new contract with a large international company who sold me on the chance to work with them because of their impressive set of values which I saw evident in the people I interviewed.

2) I really feel like there are two clients in my work – the agency itself, and the staff that work there. It was important to me to always have both top of mind. I would love for the nonprofit world to be the “go to” place for employment. I can’t change that alone – but I choose to do what I can to make a difference. And I think that shows up in my vision.

3) My values were easy for me to write – because they have been my guiding principles in my consulting. And that is the “truth” about organizational values. Values should not be aspirational. They should reflect what is true and demonstrated in the organization already. I am working with an agency right now where the identification of their five core values was not nearly as arduous as they had feared, because all they really needed was a process (which I developed and guided for them) that helped to reveal what was already there.

So, today I am revealing not only my mission, vision, and core values, but their new “home” on my new website. If you look at the sidebar of my site, you will see my mission, vision, and core values. If you take a few minutes to look through the site, you will see how I live them out. This is a big day for me! Thanks for sharing it with me.

Best,
Mary Beth

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