One of the challenges of working with groups is how to engage individuals so that they will become an effective team and help make the mission of the organization a reality. This workshop will give a brief overview of what can undermine motivation and then mainly focus on tools and techniques that can be used for Board, Staff, Volunteers, or Committees to engage and empower. The tools and techniques will help accomplish the following:
- Create a climate of inclusion and respect
- Enable each person to have a voice
- Prevent anyone from dominating
- Foster listening
- Facilitate problem solving and decision making
- Finding out what individuals like or don’t like to do
- Suggest ways to recognize and appreciate individuals or the team
Marge Smith is a Nonprofit Consultant and Founder & Chair of Princeton Community Works.
Marge brings great expertise in working with nonprofits. Having served in multiple roles — executive director, board president, nonprofit consultant, and volunteer. She has had numerous opportunities to develop ways to motivate individuals and groups. She currently teaches Nonprofit Management and Emotional Intelligence at Mercer County Community College (MCCC), runs board retreats and/or workshops for volunteers and staff, and is the founder and chair of Princeton Community Works. She is a board member of CASA of Burlington/Mercer County, the Princeton Rotary Club, and the Princeton YWCA Friends. She is totally committed to enabling individuals and groups to gain the skills necessary to accomplish their goals and thus enhance our communities.