Nonprofit people are busy and don’t have time to spare. That’s why Washington Nonprofits supports those who teach nonprofit people to make every learning event excellent and action-focused.



We have created a few resources to help presenters get ready for a workshop or webinar.

  • Tips for Delivering a Great Workshop – We have pulled together a few ideas that every trainer or presenter might consider.
  • Workshop Planner -Download this worksheet to sketch out a learning experience that is engaging and action-focused.
  • Evaluation – We updated our evaluation form to improve what we learn about attendees and presenters. Our goal is to close the gap between what they knew coming into the workshop and what they know when leaving. The evaluation form is a helpful document for presenters to read in advance to get ideas on how to help people with a range of prior knowledge, how to move those people to action, and what to look for afterwards to know if we were successful.
  • “So You’ve Been Selected” – Guila Muir provides excellent tips for people who are planning a conference workshop.

In addition, we recommend trainers follow the kite method described in the book Instructional Design That Soars: Shaping What You Know Into Classes That Inspire by Guila Muir. Washington Nonprofits delivers regular “Train the Trainer” workshops.



Bring the Fun to Virtual Learning!, with Val Thomas-Matson of Look, Listen and Learn

Are you developing a virtual presentation, wondering how you can enhance the training to incorporate interactive fun? What basic presentation tips might you sprinkle in before and during the presentation to create a virtual experience to remember? This presentation will explore and generate a list of ideas to pump up your virtual presentation toolbox.

Centering Healing, with LaKesha Kimbrough

Join us as we explore what it means to center healing in our learning spaces and how engaging in practices that nourish healing can aid in renewal, transformation, and liberation for us as individuals, communities, and systems.



Over the past few years, we have been inspired by experts (like Eureka) pushing on the webinar format for better learning experiences. Typical Washington Nonprofit webinars now have:

  • Priming opportunities – We invite people to think about the topic or do some advanced work prior to the webinar.
  • Webinar “Place Mat” – Reflection is as important to people learning in person as it is in e-learning experiences. That’s why we created a “place mat” to center ideas and reflections as a webinar unfolds. Here is one example.
  • Post event action – We want people to do something differently because they attended a webinar. We ask for an action update immediately after and then 4 weeks later (for longer series).



Mark Nilles at Humentum has put together two helpful (short) videos on how to create an engage workshop and how to determine what kind of session to offer.

And for a quick video on how people learn, we appreciate Ulrich Boser’s work in this area. Click here for his recent TEDx Talk on how we learn.


If you are interested in being a part of our growing community of trainers who spend time thinking about adult learning and effective presenting, let us know! We will add you to our list so you hear about upcoming events.