Nonprofit Effectiveness Clinic: Holding Effective Conversations

Date: Nov 20, 2017
Time: 01:00 PM to 03:30 PM

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
2314 University Ave. W., Suite 20, St. Paul

Fee: $50 for MCN members / $75 for nonmembers Register Now!

What’s the right regimen to improve your public speaking, writing, conversation and facilitation skills? Is your daily routine helping you to be the best communicator possible? Join MCN for four Nonprofit Effectiveness Clinics – and improve the fitness of your communications skills. Register for all four and save $60.

If you are hoping to host more productive conversations in your work place that invite full participation by everyone, navigate tough issues, help your team learn and reflect, and move towards decisions and actions, then join us for Holding Effective Conversations. This training will provide you with an understanding of what makes for an effective conversation and how to lead any group through one. We will explore what brain research tells us about how we all process information and how to apply that to group learning and reflection. Participants will gain knowledge of conversational levels and learn how to identify and begin to organize their own conversations through them. 

The workshop will give you hands on practice facilitating or participating in a structured conversational method. This method can be used for weekly staff meetings, learning and reflections, performance reviews, working through conflict, etc. There will be opportunities to facilitate conversations and hear examples of a variety of applications. Participants will leave with several template conversation designs for a variety of situations and resources for further learning. 

We will draw deeply from the Technology of Participation’s (ToP®) Focused Conversation method, and also introduce concepts of Appreciative Inquiry and Humble Inquiry.

About the Nonprofit Effectiveness Clinics

Both written and interpersonal communication are key elements of most job descriptions, are integral to organizational outreach and can make-or-break your success in fundraising. Whether you’re new to your career or just seeking a refresher, join the Nonprofit Effectiveness Clinics to learn foundational skills and theory related to the following topics:

Clinic 1: Holding Effective Conversations, November 20
Clinic 2: Hosting Effective Meetings, November 27
Clinic 3: Effective Storytelling through Digital Writing, December 4
Clinic 4: Engaging in Effective Public Speaking, December 11

Register for all four at the rate of $140 for MCN members / $240 for nonmembers and save $60.

Principles & Practices

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits is committed to offering training sessions that support the Principles & Practices for Nonprofit Excellence. This workshop helps us achieve the following:

  • FUND 16: Nonprofits should establish a thorough understanding of their key audiences and regularly assess the effectiveness of communication strategies and tools used to reach those audiences. A nonprofit should adjust its strategies over time to best match technologies to its audiences’ communication preferences.
  • LEAD 10: Nonprofit leaders should ensure that sufficient time and energy is invested in the organization’s communication capacity.

Event Details

Food: Coffee, tea and water will be provided. Feel free to bring your own snack.

Travel: Driving directions and transit options are available on MCN's website.

About the Presenters

Laura JohanssonOver the last 25 years, Laura Johansson has helped organizations and communities realize their strategic visions. Currently, Laura is an organizational development consultant. She has extensive experience in the nonprofit sector in the areas of education, early education, community and organizational development both in Minnesota and Latin America. Previously, she served as the executive director of Joyce Bilingual Preschool, the executive director of the Lyndale Neighborhood Association, and as a board member of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. She enjoys sharing innovative, systems thinking to help clients realize their goals. She holds a B.A. from Oberlin College, is a certified technology of participation facilitator through the Institute of Cultural Affairs, and has a master’s of science in organization development from American University.

Sondra ReisSondra Reis, director of e-Learning at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN), is an experienced nonprofit executive with over 20 years in leadership and governance roles for nationally-recognized organizations. Sondra brings a depth of knowledge to her role in diverse aspects of nonprofit management, including financial management, human resources and strategic alliances. Drawing on her years of program and leadership experience, Sondra has taken the lead in identifying the strategies necessary to launch a successful e-learning program at MCN. In developing the plan, she’s consulted with membership organizations across the nation, delved into e-learning industry reports and gathered info at several national e-learning conferences. An avid lifelong learner, she has also been drawing upon recent pedagogical research to design MCN’s initial e-learning offerings. A graduate of Case Western Reserve University with a master of nonprofit organization, she is a member of the eLearning Guild and American Society of Association Executives and has served on the boards of Nonprofits Assistance Fund and LegalCORPS.

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