Focus Events

Beyond Bad Training

A Toolkit for Trainers, Teachers + Facilitators

August 14, Augusta at the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine


August 15, South Portland at The Opportunity Alliance

Have you ever sat through a lousy seminar, class, or workshop? Of course you have.

We all know the “benchmarks of bad” – trainers who read their slides, can’t be heard, and don’t involve their participants. Presentations that all about the expert, with no opportunities to engage with peers about what you’re learning and how you’ll use it. Courses that leave you exhausted rather than energized.

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. Regardless of your training delivery method – online, in-person, or a combination – this workshop will teach you 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.


  • 8:30am-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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