2017 Annual Gathering LDWs

In conjunction with the sun and fun of Annual Gathering, Local Group volunteers teamed up with National Office staffers to co-present Leadership Development Workshops on a range of subjects. Collected below are some of the professional best practices volunteers and staffers alike use to grow healthy, involved local groups.

Leadership Opportunities in Mensa
By Becky Folger and Billie Lee

“Should you put Mensa on your resume?” It's one of the most popular questions members ask. The general consensus is: “It depends on the company, but you definitely can if you are talking about your volunteer or leadership experience!” During this session, we will go over the many different roles available at the local and national level, the time commitment and work involved, qualifications needed and expectations of Mensa volunteers. You will find out what it takes to successfully lead a population of Extremely Smart People, as well as learn about the support you can get from the National Office. This session is highly recommended for members new and old who want to give back to the organization through their skills, expertise and enthusiasm.

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Building Your Scholarship Program
By Mark Glancey

Your Local Group misses out on granting a $600 scholarship to an applicant in your area when you don’t participate in the Mensa Foundation’s annual scholarship program. Learn what you can do to develop a scholarship program for your group and how rewarding it can be.

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Fast and Effective Business Meetings
By Jason Seiler

We’ve all been in meetings that went too long, were disorganized, got nothing done and were a complete waste of time. This workshop will lead you through a discussion and give you instruction on how to avoid these and other pitfalls when conducting your own meetings.

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Getting Young Adult Mensans Involved
By Henri Buccine-Schraeder and Timothy Brooks

Interested in getting younger members involved in your Local Group? Are you a younger member interested in getting more involved locally? This is the presentation for you! Young people are the way of the future and that’s the direction that we all need to look to. We will discuss ways to get younger members involved, volunteering and participating in areas of leadership within your Local Group.

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Local Group Reports
By Matthew Needham and Stacey Kirsch

Just what reports are avaiable to help you manage your Local Group? And how do you use them? At this LDW, Stacey Kirsch and Matthew Needham will go in detail about how to find your Local Groups reports, how they work, and, most importantly, how to use them to be more effective at managing your Local Group. Come, bring your questions, and be ready to go over all that is Local Group reports.

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Make Your Print Content Mean Something
By Chip Taulbee and Teresa Gregory

Any Local Group Newsletter Editor who’s ever printed a typo knows how closely members pay attention to the publications. For many members, their newsletter is their primary point of contact with Mensa — all the more reason to make the most of your Local Group’s periodical. At this LDW, longtime Central Indiana Mensa Mind Editor Teresa Gregory and Bulletin Editor Chip Taulbee will cover the fundamental elements of a quality newsletter, detail pitfalls to avoid and highlight some of the better features and practices Newsletter Editors are employing. Ideal for both new and seasoned editors.

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The Treasure Map of Local Group Resources
By Stacey Kirsch and Becky Folger

What does the National Office do to support you in your Local Group leadership role? What resources do they offer to make your job easier? And how can you utilize them? Find out as Stacey Kirsch, leader extraordinaire from Chicago, and Becky Folger, Local Group Services Manager, provide a treasure map to Local Group resources.

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Prospects: From Start to Finish
By Jennifer Jewell and Timothy Brooks

Have you ever wondered how prospects are identified? Are you interested in learning about what tools and best practices are available to help Local Groups communicate with prospects? This presentation will show you the processes and tools that help turn a curious person on one of our websites into a candidate and, hopefully, into a fellow Mensan.

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Strategic Planning for Your Local Group
By Elissa Rudolph and Trevor Mitchell

Strategic planning can seem like one of those complex processes that is time intensive, and most volunteers don’t know where to start or how much time it will take. In this session, we will share the importance of strategic planning and how to make the process easier and manageable for volunteers.

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Taking Care of Your Volunteers
By Bill Zigo

Mensa is a volunteer organization, and we're all volunteers. But every volunteer had to start somewhere. Volunteers go through periods of learning, periods of good and bad performance, and unfortunately, burnout. Bill will cover ways to bring new volunteers on board more efficiently, how to work with volunteers being challenged, and how to deal with re-enthusing — or dismissing gracefully — volunteers who have burned out or lost interest, to hopefully get them excited again.

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