Volunteer Plain Talk

Volunteer Plain Talk

Designed for today's leaders of volunteers, Volunteer Plain Talk's Meridian Swift discusses trends and best practices in volunteer engagement and impact. Guests, who come from all sectors and all parts of the world, share innovative ideas and tips for engaging today's volunteers and defining volunteer impact.... Show More


March 2, 2021 47 min

In this episode, Laura Rundell chats about resilience, a timely topic during the Covid pandemic: 
Laura shares her experiences on these subjects:
What exactly is resilience?
The filled up cope-o-meter
Examples of resilient volunteers
What resilience is not
Volunteer motivation
Do we confuse volunteers not being resilient with not being heard?
What does individual motivation have to do with resilience?
What goes on in a volunteer's life ...

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In this episode, January 2021, Brittany McGarry shares her thoughts and suggestions for:
Where do we go from 2020?
How are volunteer managers viewed?
How to engage volunteers quickly.
How forced opportunities can help us navigate the future.
How a simple coffee hour changed everything.
What volunteers really want.
What volunteer retention is built upon.
Why complicated does not mean better.
How to use surveys to your advantage.
Why we should...

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In this episode, Elisa Kosarin, CVA shares her insights on:

  • strategic planning and how fun fits in
  • how volunteer managers should aspire to move up into senior management
  • achieving buy-in and the seven kinds of power
  • the future of virtual volunteering
  • how volunteer managers are embracing and adapting traditional roles to virtual
  • how new looks at virtual roles may create more inclusion and diversity
  • how doing uncomfortable things makes you ...
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    In this episode, Corina Sadler shares her thoughts on volunteer managers' personal and professional development. Listen in as Corina talks about:

  • Looking outside the box for training to skillset
  • Developing a professional story
  • Using social media to recruit by not recruiting
  • Creating your own content
  • Why professional volunteer manager organizations are vital
  • Steps to creating a niche volunteer manager peer group
  • About Corina: 

    Corina Sa...

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    In this episode, Samantha and Sydney talk about starting their own organization and share their insights on:

  • making volunteering social through packing parties 
  • innovative ways to procure in-kind donations
  • how to use meaningful stats verses volunteer hours
  • using social media effectively
  • the importance of testimonials
  • utilizing networking 
  • using gamification to get the word out
  • how students’ view of volunteering has drastically changed
  • how s...
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    Listen in as Dr. Corinne Devin, Navy officer, accomplished leader and passionate volunteer speaks about her experience volunteering overseas and gives timely tips for elevating volunteer manager leadership. In this episode, Corinne chats about:

  • ·       The challenge in stepping outside our comfort zones
  • ·       How volunteers can help other volunteers with real time advice
  • ·       How volunteer mentors help the organization
  • ·       Why...
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    Jaylen Christie, the Director of Public Relations for Moxē, an integrated marketing agency in Orlando and former volunteer manager, chats about:

  •  volunteer contingency plans
  •  volunteer impact
  •  volunteer ROI
  •  showing impact to volunteers who don't work directly with clients
  • families and groups that volunteer together
  • PR for volunteer managers
  • strategies for PR (R.P.I.E.)
  • bland volunteer recruitment ads
  • competition
  • integrated convergence
  • le...
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    Volunteer vigilante? Balderdash? In this episode, Adam Janes, CVA shares his thoughts on volunteer management during the Covid 19 pandemic. Adam discusses care mongerers, changes in policies, virtual volunteer roles, how to help volunteers utilize video, and what comes next for the volunteer management sector. Adam highlights the "what we can do now" mantra, even during volunteer appreciation week. Adam also shares how he w...

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    In this special episode of Volunteer Plain Talk Podcast, Rob Jackson of Rob Jackson Consulting Ltd. located in the UK, and Meridian chat about coping, challenges and opportunities in uncertain times. Rob offers his thoughts and advice including:

  • ·      “There’s a moment here,” for thought leadership
  • ·       Connecting and venting vs. isolation
  • ·       Readying our profession for what’s next
  • ·       Miss Piggy’s quote 
  • ·       The abunda...
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    Bo Goliber, who heads up philanthropy at Fingerpaint, a health and wellness marketing agency, shares the keys to a successful relationship between nonprofits and corporate partners. Bo assures us that corporate partners do not want to overwhelm volunteer agencies, but instead, are looking for long-term relationships built on honesty. Bo says, “don’t be afraid,” when companies reach out for a volunteering opportunity. Authentic part...

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    Helping to create a positive culture of volunteering in many organisations can be tough work for leaders of volunteer engagement.  How do you ensure that volunteers feel valued by everyone, from the CEO and board down to the front-line staff? How do you have an impact on strengthening the value and impact of volunteerism when you, as a leader, already feel invisible or unheard?

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    How do you evolve your volunteer program for the volunteers of tomorrow whilst meeting the needs of your volunteers today? Sam Clift, Volunteer Resource Manager at London Transport Museum talks through achieving senior management buy-in, involving volunteers in strategy planning, getting volunteers on board with organisational change and using technology and volunteer support to make volunteering more accessible and inclusive. Sam ...

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    Dr. Jesse Bolinger, author of the new book, "Calling All Volunteers," shares his research into volunteering and the future of volunteer management. He adds mental health, work and education to Maslow's hierarchy of needs, calls on us to change the way we recruit volunteers and urges us to use the mental health benefits of volunteering for the good of our communities. Dr. Bolinger's latest project delves into convers...

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    What happens when a volunteer leaves an organization to create an advocacy group? In this episode, Elizabeth Robinson, founder of Community Cats of Palm Coast talks about her journey into advocacy and teaches us why passionate volunteers are our most valuable resource. Elizabeth dispels the myth that we must work in silos and shows us that volunteers are partners in achieving mission goals. 

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    In this episode, Mark and Meridian discuss staff buy-in, advice for new volunteer managers, working with challenging volunteers, burnout, credentialing and volunteers with dementia. Mark offers an innovative way to show volunteer value and a great way to transform retiring volunteers into organization advocates. 

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