The Art of Effective Conversations

Nonprofit Effectiveness Clinic #1

Friday, November 01, 09:00 AM - Friday, November 01, 2019, 12:00 PM
Friday, November 01, 2019, 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
2314 University Ave W, Ste 20
St PaulMinnesota
United States
Fee: $50 members / $85 nonmembers

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 come to “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.

Principles & Practices for Nonprofit Excellence

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.

About the Nonprofit Effectiveness Clinics

What’s the right regimen to improve foundational skills that are important to your nonprofit career? Is your daily routine helping you achieve higher results and produce better outcomes? Join MCN for four Nonprofit Effectiveness Clinics – and improve the fitness of key nonprofit skills. 

Register for the entire series – 4 for the price of 3.

As a nonprofit professional, you need to wear many hats and gain expertise in many skills. Various foundational skills are common across many roles and programs within nonprofit organizations. 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:

  • NOVEMBER 1: The Art of Effective Conversations, Laura Johansson, Sondra Reis, and Marcela Sanchez
  • NOVEMBER 8: The Art of Agile Strategic Planning, Brandi Olson
  • NOVEMBER 15: The Art of Nonprofit Branding, Erin Jordan
  • NOVEMBER 22: The Art of Writing and Speaking Across Difference, Neil Chudgar

You can register for this single session in the series by clicking on the above Register Now button, or you can register for the entire series of four workshops and get 4 for the price of 3. The series is $150 for all four workshops for MCN members/$255 for all four workshops for nonmembers.

Event Details

Refreshments: Coffee, tea and a light snack will be provided.

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.

Marcela Sanchez is a proud Mexican immigrant who loves living in the Twin Cities. Marcela is a bilingual and bicultural professional with 20+ years of experience building community through program development, direct service, and strategic planning facilitation and execution, mainly in public libraries, government, and the nonprofit sector. She has an extensive background in community engagement, project management, equity and inclusion, and partnership development. Marcela is passionate about bringing participatory facilitation methods to teams and helping them find alignment while accomplishing strategic and action planning work. She feels hopeful and excited when she sees people in groups smiling and coming together after discovering the intersection of their passions. Through her work, Marcela helps people realize that they can communicate with one another effectively and make their everyday work more meaningful and satisfying for themselves and the communities they serve. Marcela lives in South Minneapolis with her husband and a dog and a cat. Marcela reads every day and enjoys creating functional pottery and colorful glass mosaics.

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