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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

Board members and senior managers: people with responsibility for human resources, strategy and organisational risk.

Outline

Topics Covered:

  • Rationale for Succession planning.
  • Succession planning and organisational risk.
  • Characteristics of effective Succession Planning.
  • Identification of Succession Plan targets
  • Network Analysis
  • Approaches to Succession Planning.
  • Sustainable Succession Planning

Duration 2.5 hours.

Methodology

Via Zoom.

The funding for the provision of these services comes from the National Training Fund administered by the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research Innovation and Science. The €10 nominal charge is by way of contribution. Participants will be asked to provide further information regarding Age Range, Gender, Employment Status, Educational Background, Role in Organisation, Organisation Activity & Size post registration.

Target Audience

Board members and managers: people with responsibility for human resources.

Outline

This is a practical workshop with toolkits available to utilise in an investigation and sample reports.

Topics covered:

  • Defining bullying and characteristics of bullying
  • Policies and procedures
  • Scoping the complaint
  • Identification of relevant parties
  • Identification of risk
  • Limits of confidentiality
  • Impartiality
  • First contact
  • Meeting recommendations
  • Report writing recommendations
  • Sign off recommendations
  • Fallout and risk factors for the investigator

Duration 1 day.

Methodology

In-person, Carmichael Centre, Dublin 7.

The funding for the provision of these services comes from the National Training Fund administered by the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research Innovation and Science. The €10 nominal charge is by way of contribution. Participants will be asked to provide further information regarding Age Range, Gender, Employment Status, Educational Background, Role in Organisation, Organisation Activity & Size post registration.

Target Audience

Board members and senior managers: people with responsibility for human resources, strategy and organisational risk.

Outline

Topics Covered:

  • Rationale for Succession planning.
  • Succession planning and organisational risk.
  • Characteristics of effective Succession Planning.
  • Identification of Succession Plan targets
  • Network Analysis
  • Approaches to Succession Planning.
  • Sustainable Succession Planning

Duration 2.5 hours.

Methodology

Via Zoom.

The funding for the provision of these services comes from the National Training Fund administered by the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research Innovation and Science. The €10 nominal charge is by way of contribution. Participants will be asked to provide further information regarding Age Range, Gender, Employment Status, Educational Background, Role in Organisation, Organisation Activity & Size post registration.

All too often volunteer leaders/trustees and employees in the non-profit sector can find themselves in management and leadership roles without having a full understanding of what such roles actually involve. Furthermore, it is frequently the case that no further training or support is offered to people in these demanding positions.  

The recently published OECD Skills Strategy for Ireland identified the need for continuous improvement of leadership and management skills within non-profit sector in Ireland. Strong leadership and management capabilities are important drivers of organisational change, helping to optimise the use of skills in workplaces and drive innovation, productivity and organisation performance. Previous studies have highlighted a need to improve management capability in Ireland, particularly among small and medium-sized enterprises. The OECD Strategy recommended extending flexible, subsidised, customisable development opportunities available to Ireland’s managers to maximise the accessibility, relevance and value of support: 

  • Address gaps in management training for mid-sized, locally traded service companies and community, voluntary and social enterprises. 
  • Advance new flexible, subsidised and customisable management training and scale up successful existing programmes. 

Target Audience

Board Members, CEOs, Managers, Members of Management Teams, or anyone interested in any of these roles.

Outline

Very often the structure within non-profit organisations is to have the CEO of the organisation lead a Management Team made up of Managers of certain functions within the organisation. Members of the Board hold all Managers & Staff to account through the CEO who reports directly to them. But what does it mean to be a Manager, and a member or a leader of a Management Team, or a Leader of a group of people on your Board?

This 3-part online Leadership Programme will be comprised of:

  • Leadership: From what makes an effective leader to developing your own leadership style.
  • Team Building: From what makes a highly functioning team to how to motivate teams and attract people to join them.
  • Developing your personal skills and getting access to tools for leadership, management and team building.

The schedule for this programme is:

  • Wednesday 11/09/2024 6:30pm-9pm
  • Wednesday 25/09/2024 6:30pm-9pm
  • Wednesday 09/10/2024 6:30pm-9pm

Methodology

Via Zoom.

The funding for the provision of these services comes from the National Training Fund administered by the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research Innovation and Science. The €100 nominal charge is by way of contribution. Participants will be asked to provide further information regarding Age Range, Gender, Employment Status, Educational Background, Role in Organisation, Organisation Activity & Size post registration.

Target Audience

For Approved Housing Bodies categorised as ‘Micro’ (less than 20 dwellings) and ‘Small’ (between 20 and 100 dwellings).

Outline

The Approved Housing Bodies Regulatory Authority (AHBRA) is an independent authority, established in February 2021. The organisation is tasked with the regulation of Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs) for the purposes of protecting housing assets provided or managed by such bodies. Section 37(8) of the Housing (Regulation of Approved Housing Bodies) Act 2019 requires all AHBs to comply with the Standards. The AHBRA establish a set of outcomes that AHBs are required to achieve to demonstrate the protection of housing assets provided or managed by AHBs.

Compliance with the Standards is a statutory requirement and clearly this presents many challenges for AHBs at the smaller end of the scale, particularly from a human and financial resource perspective.

The primary objective of the training programme is to provide AHBs categorised as ‘Micro’ (less than 20 dwellings) and ‘Small’ (between 20 and 100 dwellings with a clear understanding of the Standards for AHBs, enabling them to effectively implement and maintain compliance.

The training content supports:

  • develop an increased awareness of the Standards for AHBs and what it means for them;
  • enhance operational efficiency and help understand to a greater extent how compliance can be demonstrated; and
  • undertake gap analysis to identify weaknesses or non-compliance with the Standards.

Methodology

Delivered virtually 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.