Category Archives: Professional Development

Professional Certification Matters

In recent decades, more and more professional fields have developed internal standards for performance, professional ethics, and continuous learning (professional development), and have created criteria for certifying and recognizing those in the profession who demonstrate both knowledge and practice of … Continue reading

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Young Emerging Leaders

by Joely Ross We all find ourselves looking back wondering where the time went. It seems as if we started on our professional development track just the other day and upon reflection, may notice how fascinating that journey has been. … Continue reading

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The Importance of Being Earnest

by Daniel Martinage, CAE It’s that time of the year again—with summer over and autumn in full swing many of us have a renewed sense of purpose, energy and intention. Although the New Year is most often associated with people … Continue reading

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Making the Most out of the NCVS

by Meaghan Arzberger Attending my first National Conference on Volunteering and Service, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I was completely blown away by the sheer number of workshops and people in attendance. I highly recommend that everyone try … Continue reading

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Making Group Decisions – Six Options

by Jane Haskell As you know, one of the primary functions of groups is to make decisions. We have a problem → we need to change something → we need a decision. This is easier said than done, at times. … Continue reading

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Meeting Agendas: Parts and Pieces

by Jane Haskell If I walk into a meeting and there is no agenda, I shudder. All sorts of assumptions fly into my mind about the upcoming meeting’s effectiveness or efficiency. Most of these assumptions are negative because I am … Continue reading

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Why Professional Development is Important…why you should attend the 25th Annual Blaine House Conference on Service and Volunteerism

by Jen Lobley There’s a reason why I didn’t go into sales for a career…I hate selling things. Just ask my husband. He owns a floral business. When I would help out on the busiest holidays like Valentine’s Day or … Continue reading

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Being a Culturally Competent Volunteer

by Christine Laurel If you volunteer your time and talents through an agency or other community organization or if you work with volunteers, training or recruiting, then you know how important volunteerism is in Maine, providing services and minding the … Continue reading

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Volunteers Matter

By Kaira Esgate I am frequently asked, “Do volunteers really matter?” I suspect that many folks in the volunteer sector would respond to that question in the same way I would (with an emphatic yes, of course!), but what evidence … Continue reading

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