Trainings I offer

I love leading trainings on a variety of topics. Having led over 130 trainings that have served over 2,500 people, I still look for ways to make my trainings more fun and engaging (photo is from a training I led at the Flintridge Center…Lisa Wilson and I doing a fun role play activity). Below is a list of the 11 trainings I provide:

Collaborating for Change: Some of society’s challenges are too big for one nonprofit to fix by themselves. Instead, collaboration represents an opportunity to engage a cross section of organizations that have a stake in the issues to find innovative solutions that lead to change. Collaboration presents its own set of challenges. This interactive workshop will review elements needed for successful collaboration.

Running Effective Meetings:  This workshop explores the key components necessary to ensure meetings are effective and result in decisions that help an organization move forward.  These components include: developing an agenda, knowing people’s roles and responsibilities, having a decision making process, facilitation and good listening skills.

Retreat So You Can Move Forward: A Guide to Planning and Implementing Effective Retreats for Your Nonprofit: According to the authors of Retreats that Work, “retreats are investments in an organization’s future. Unlike meetings, which typically focus on current issues and concerns, retreats take a longer view and focus on deeper, longer-term issues…the potential payoff of retreats is considerable.” This workshop presents an overview of best practices to help ensure your next retreat has clear goals and that the various activities you design in your retreat help you reach your goals.

Introduction to Facilitation:  Facilitators play a key role in helping a group make decisions. They help create a safe environment where everyone feels like their input is valued. In this workshop, you’ll explore the benefits of facilitation, explore the group decision making process, explore various tools a facilitator uses, and have the opportunity to practice facilitating a group.

Advanced Facilitation:  This workshop explores more sophisticated tools and strategies that facilitators use to ensure groups effectively reach decisions.  Participants will have the opportunity to practice facilitating challenging situations and receive feedback on from the instructor and training participants.

Facilitating the Decision-Making Process: Facilitating the decision making process of a group is tricky business. This workshop explores skills needed to facilitate groups through decision-making. Gain an overview of the methods of decision-making, types of decisions, and learn how to choose which tool to use for which group and/or group decision. Build skills through practicing and reflecting several different decision-making tools.

Managing a Strategic Planning Process:  During this workshop, we’ll focus on the following: What is a strategic plan? Why have a strategic plan? Who develops a strategic plan? How should a strategic plan guide fundraising? What should the meeting agenda be? With this information, you will be better prepared to develop a strategic plan for your own nonprofit organization.

Building Strong Teams:  What are the ingredients for a successful team? How do you put the theory of strong teams into practice? This interactive workshop gives you the opportunity to participate and reflect on several team building activities.

Fundraising Fundamentals:  Need to raise funds for your non-profit organization? Where do you begin?  This workshop will explore the key concepts that underlie the fundraising process, including developing your case, prospecting, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship. You’ll have the opportunity to apply what you learn through interactive exercises, such as practicing the art of asking for a major gift.

Creating your Fund Development Plan:  Who will you solicit for funding? What funders are most likely to fund your organization?  Who will be responsible for leading your fundraising efforts? Developing a fundraising strategy helps you focus your efforts to ensure you yield the strongest results. This workshop will review key components of the fundraising planning process and will give you the opportunity to begin drafting components of your own fundraising plan.

Engaging Your Board in Fundraising:  How engaged is your board with fundraising in your organization? This highly interactive seminar provides an overview of the major elements needed to effectively engage your board of directors in fundraising. The focus is on maximizing the capabilities of the board and motivating them to take the lead in fundraising. We’ll cover topics such as inspiring a Board member’s passion, reframing what fundraising means, what tools and skills are needed, ways to provide leadership and support and how to enlist new members over time.

Building a Strong Board:  What are the key responsibilities of a board of directors? How engaged is your board?  This seminar provides an overview of the major elements involved in building and maintaining an effective board of directors.  The focus is on maximizing the capabilities of the board and motivating them to take the lead. Topics include developing board fundraising policies and structures to ensure active board participation.

Building a Base of Individual Donors:  Where do you find donors? How do you steward relationships with them so they increase giving as your organization grows. This workshop explores different methods for finding, cultivating and stewarding a donor base, including various strategies to build meaningful relationships with the people who care about your work.

If you would like to discuss the possibility of me leading a customized training for your organization, please contact me and we can discuss further.

About Ron Milam

I work to build the capacity of organizations and collaborative change initiatives in Southern California through facilitation, training and coaching. I specialize in the areas of organization development, collaboration, strategic planning, team building, board development and fundraising. Since 2005, I have served over 145 organizations.
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