There’s Training and then there’s TRAINING: 8 Best Practices to Apply to Your Next Volunteer Training
Sometime ago, I wrote an article titled What Does Your First Date With A Volunteer Look Like? where I shared the parallels between the interview process for volunteering and a first date:
Well, if the interview is the first date, then a high quality volunteer training program can be the foundation for a Beautiful Relationship. I was reminded of this last week when I participated in a two day training session for a local organization I’ll be volunteering for. By way of background, I’ll also share that before I was offered the role, I went to an introductory session at the organization’s office followed by an in-depth interview. That “getting to know you” phase should be taken very seriously as well - and with this organization it was.
But back to the training. Prior to the training sessions, I completed a series of online modules that prepared me for the two days of on-site work. The training itself was conducted by an outside facilitator, utilized multiple learning styles i.e. group project, individual opportunities and truly encouraged our learning experience as a team. I found it to be one of the most comprehensive training programs I’d come across in nearly two decades of work in this field.
My intention wasn’t to do a rave on this terrific organization - I’ll save that for another occasion. Rather, I wanted to share 8 best practices they demonstrated I’m confident any organization, regardless of mission and funding, can follow when it comes to their volunteer training:
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Robert Grabel is the President of Nonprofit Now! You can find his posts here and at www.robertgrabel.com
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