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Target Audience

CEOs, senior managers or staff from non-profits/charities who’d like to learn how to improve their Microsoft PowerPoint presentations. Prior experience of using Microsoft PPT is essential.

Outline

  1. Slide Theory – what to think about before opening PowerPoint
  2. PowerPoint Fundamentals – time-saving tools to help you create professional slides
  3. Present with Confidence – tools to help you feel in control when you deliver your presentation

Methodology

Delivered virtually via Zoom.

Target Audience

Anyone wishing to pick up some productivity tips in the use of MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook. Prior knowledge of Microsoft Office/Microsoft 365 is essential.

Outline

In this course you will learn productivity tips from the following Microsoft programs:

Outlook

  • Cleaning up your inbox
  • Scheduling emails in advance
  • Creating simple rules
  • Using quick parts

Word

  • Working with styles
  • Contents pages
  • Cover pages
  • Watermarks

Excel

  • Cleaning data
  • Separating text from within a cell
  • Locking cells
  • Displaying data visually

PowerPoint

  • Using slides from another presentation
  • Changing fonts throughout the entire presentation
  • Working with images and shapes
  • Using the presenter view

Methodology

Delivered virtually via Zoom. This session will be recorded and the recording will be circulated to participants on completion.

Target Audience

Designed for all staff and volunteers working within non-profit organisations.

Outline

1. Introduction to AI in Non-Profits

  • Overview of AI and its relevance to non-profits
  • Benefits and ethical considerations

2. Understanding Chat GPT

  • What is Chat GPT?
    • Definition and capabilities
    • Use cases in non-profits
  • Practical Demonstrations
    • Live example of ChatGPT in action

3. Writing Effective Prompts

  • Basics of prompt writing
    • Structure and clarity
    • Examples of good and bad prompts
  • Techniques to enhance prompt effectiveness
    • Use of context and specificity

4. Refining ChatGPT Outputs

  • Iterative refinement techniques
    • Analysing initial outputs
    • Tweaking prompts for better results

5. Custom GPTs

  • Introduction to Custom GPTs
    • Definition and potential
    • Creating and managing Custom GPTs
  • Use cases for non-profits
    • Tailoring AI to specific organisational needs

6. AI in Speeding Up Internal Processes

  • Streamlining communication
    • Email and report generation
  • Data analysis and insights
    • AI-powered data processing
  • Enhancing customer service
    • Automated response systems

7. AI-Generated Imagery

  • Introduction to AI-generated imagery
    • What it is and how it works
  • Tools and platforms
    • Overview of popular tools
  • Practical guide to generating images
    • Step-by-step process
  • Ethical use of AI imagery
    • Recognising and appropriately using AI-generated content

8. AI Video Editing Tools

  • Overview of AI video editing tools
    • Introduction to Descript and other tools
  • Enhancing video production
    • Features and benefits for non-profits
  • Practical demonstrations
    • Editing a sample video with Descript
  • Best practices for professional video output
    • Tips and tricks for polished videos

9. Case Studies and Best Practices

  • Real-world examples
    • Success stories from non-profits with AI
  • Lessons learned and pitfalls to avoid

10. Q&A and Hands-On Workshop

Methodology

Delivered via Zoom.

Target Audience

This course will be beneficial for chairs of boards, CEOs, senior managers leading executive teams, officers engaging in community outreach, education/training workers, and staff leading meetings.

Outline

In this workshop you will be introduced to methodologies, tools and techniques for effective online facilitation. The workshop includes live demos of interactive collaborative tools which will save you time and provide skills to bring your events alive.

Methodology

Delivered online via Zoom.

Target Audience

New Board Members, Directors, Charity Trustees of non-profit organisations.

Outline

A comprehensive induction is an important first step in ensuring that new Board Members, Directors and Charity Trustees have the understanding needed to carry out their roles, responsibilities and obligations effectively. This workshop aims to form part of that induction process.

Below is an outline of the topics covered:

  • Governance Overview
  • Board Members’ Roles and Responsibilities
  • The Chairperson
  • Board Relationship with CEO/Staff
  • Company Limited by Guarantee – Directors
  • Charity – Charity Trustees
  • What more to expect from a Board Induction

Methodology

Delivered virtually via Zoom.

Target Audience

Anyone involved in advocacy or looking to influence policy or legislation in an area of work relevant to their non-profit organisation.

Outline

Ever wondered how can our organisation secure a legislative or policy win? This workshop has been developed to share an insider-outsider perspective on how to succeed in influencing policy or legislative change for your organisation. The workshop will inform and provide a practical roadmap.

Overview of workshop 

Part 1: Understanding – knowledge building

  • The Oireachtas
  • The legislative calendar and process
  • Seanad Commencement Matters and Dáil Topical Issues
  • Parliamentary Questions
  • Tips on how to inform and influence TDs and Senators 

Part 2: Influencing – how to effect change

  • Defining your issue and policy/legislative solution
  • Setting goals and objectives
  • Identify the target audience and who to influence
  • Stakeholder mapping and building partnerships/alliances
  • Creating effective communications

Ending: Questions and Answers – draw on Jillian’s expertise for your organisations’ campaign.

Methodology

Delivered virtually via Zoom.

Target Audience

This course will be beneficial for chairs of boards, CEOs, senior managers leading executive teams, officers engaging in community outreach, education/training workers, and staff leading meetings.

Outline

Effective facilitation can lead to clearer focus and purposeful action. In this workshop you will be introduced to methodologies, tools and techniques to design and deliver engaging events and meetings, as well as some tips for overcoming facilitation challenges.

Methodology

Delivered online via Zoom.

Target Audience

All people working in the non-profit sector.

Outline

How do you move from launching your strategic plan to ensuring effective implementation? This workshop will bring a mix of theory, best practice and practical steps on how to implement. You don’t have to have a shiny strategic plan to attend – this workshop will support people interested in how to turn words into positive outcomes.

This workshop will break down the steps to implement your organisation’s strategic plan effectively. Participants will be given best practice examples to illustrate how each implementation step can be approached. Participants can, if they wish, bring their Strategic Plan with them to use for group work.

This workshop introduces essential internal planning and reporting framework that will help align your work and your organisation’s work with its strategic goals. Applicable to all levels in an organisation i.e., anyone who is passionate about maximising their productivity and focusing their work will have something to gain by coming along.

Methodology

In person, Carmichael Centre, Dublin 7.

Target Audience

Board Members, Chairpersons and CEOs of non-profit organisations.

Outline

• Roles and responsibilities – Board, CEO, Chair
• Governance vs. Management
• Division of responsibilities
• Communication between CEO and Chair (Board)
• HR sub-committee (CEO Selection, Review, Remuneration, Succession Planning)
• CEO role in relation to the Board
• CEO performance appraisals – how to conduct appropriately
• Board only sessions
• Code of conduct
• Board evaluation (its value and purpose)
• Board Dilemmas

Methodology

Delivered virtually via Zoom.

Target Audience

Trustees, Chairs, CEOs, and those responsible for governance in their Charity.

Outline

The Charities Governance Code explains the minimum standards you should meet to effectively manage and control your charity. This workshop will walk you through the requirements of the code including actions and evidence needed to demonstrate compliance.

Methodology

Delivered virtually via Zoom.