In my work as a trainer and facilitator, I make workshops and master classes as interactive as possible, incorporating peer discussion, movement, and creativity. I feel this makes a better learning experience. The same goes for in-person meetings. However, these days so many of my meetings take place online, typically on Zoom, and interactivity can be a challenge. But it isn't impossible, if you follow best practices for virtual facilitation for meetings. One design important instructional … [Read more...] about Icebreakers for Online Meetings That Introverts Will Love
This week I was honored to facilitate a mini-workshop, "The Happy Healthy Woman Leader, at the Women Funded 2019 conference in San Francisco. The session was based on my book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit and covered the topics of recognizing burnout and stress, creating a self-care plan, and implementing new personal resilience habits. The participants represented a wide range including activists, funders, and nonprofits. As a trainer, I know the importance of ensuring that people take concrete … [Read more...] about Single Most Important Way That Nonprofit Leaders Make Personal Resilience A Habit
Last week I facilitated a workshop in Detroit hosted by Co-Act, a nonprofit collaboration space in Detroit. The workshop was focused on personal resilience and self-care based on my book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit and was part of a series of workshops on resilience. Co-Act is a unique organization, a hub for accelerating collaborative action in Southeast Michigan’s nonprofit community. Their space is designed for local nonprofits to connect, share ideas and develop solutions together. They … [Read more...] about Trainer's Notebook: Making Accommodations In Workshops
No, I'm not talking about the cute red Muppet. ELMO stands for "Enough! Let's Move On." It is a ritual or organizational norm that can used during meetings to avoid unnecessary discussions that don't support the meeting objectives. It's a fun way to avoid one of the most common meeting productivity killers: Rabbit Holes. How does it work? Introduce the concept at the beginning of the meeting. If the discussion during the meeting has jumped down a rabbit and become a time waster, anyone … [Read more...] about How Can Elmo Make Your Nonprofit's Meetings More Effective?
Last month, I was honored to present and facilitate an all-day workshop for nonprofit leaders at the Oregon Nonprofit Leadership Conference on how to activate a culture of well being in the nonprofit workplace, based on my book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout. I also delivered a workshop to South Carolina nonprofits on the same topic hosted by Shine The Light, Nonprofit Forums. The participants were amazing and came up with some terrific strategies and action … [Read more...] about Tips for Activating a Culture of Wellbeing in the Nonprofit Workplace