Focus Events

Beyond Bad Training

A Toolkit for Trainers, Teachers + Facilitators
Wednesday, August 14
Viles Arboretum, Augusta

Picture this: you’re attending a day-long professional development course and for six-hours your eyes glaze over as you watch the presenter read from text-heavy slides in a barely audible voice, with no opportunity to talk to your fellow attendees about what you’re learning, and then you leave feeling like you haven’t retained a single piece of information. Bad training stops here.

In nearly every workplace or organization – nonprofit, for-profit, government – somebody needs to train somebody. Perhaps that person is you or it’s a role you aspire to fill. No matter your training delivery method – online, in-person, or a combination – this workshop will provide you with a better understanding of how to engage a diverse learning audience and really make your content stick.

Learning objectives will include:

  • How to identify and avoid bad trainer behavior
  • Designing exercises and activities that engage your learners
  • Encourage everyone to participate – and manage those who over-participate
  • Building consensus and running effective meetings
  • Tips and tricks from the trainer’s toolbox

Come prepared to participate! Training exercises will be designed and demonstrated in real time. Warning: PowerPoints will be confiscated at the door!

Schedule (details coming soon)

  • 8am-9am: Registration, Breakfast + Networking
  • 9am-12pm: Morning program
  • 12pm-1pm: Lunch
  • 1pm-4pm: Afternoon program

Intended Audience
This is a practical learning opportunity for nonprofit staff and volunteers. Experienced facilitators, trainers, and consultants are welcome, as well as people who are moving into these roles.

Cost + Registration (includes breakfast + lunch)

  • $200 MANP Members / $240 Not-yet-members
  • Team learning saves! Save $25 on each additional registration from the same organization!
  • Scholarships available! Apply here before registering.

About the Presenter
Andy Robinson has 34 years of experience working with nonprofits as a fundraiser, facilitator, trainer, consultant, and community organizer. He specializes in the needs of organizations working for human rights, social justice, artistic expression, environmental conservation, and community development. Andy’s books include: Grassroots Grants; Selling Social Change; How to Raise $500 to $5000 From Almost Anyone; What Every Board Member Needs to Know, Do, and Avoid; The Board Member’s Easier Than You Think Guide to Nonprofit Finances; and Train Your Board (and Everyone Else) to Raise Money. Learn more about Andy’s work at www.trainyourboard.com.

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