Category Archives: Professional Development

Blinkist: For Those With No Time to Read

I love New Year’s Day.  I love setting resolutions and the feeling of having a fresh, new start on my life.  For the last couple of years I’ve maintained one on-going resolution-  to read 100 books in a year. Has … Continue reading

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Marketing #2: You Need Themes

“Remember, content marketing is about generating more sales. When all is said and done, that’s what matters.”—Marcus Sheridan Last week you spent time selecting a marketing calendar template. This calendar is your blueprint to guide how you will “sell” your … Continue reading

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Time Management Tuesday: Shaina’s Top 10

*** NE4H.com is excited to post this special guest blogger entry from Shaina Spann, Baker County 4-H Agent*** The Top Ten Things an Extension Agent Needs: 1. A Planner (or three) a. Happy Planner from Michael’s. Fun to decorate and … Continue reading

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Marketing #1- You Better Have a Calendar

Marketing is the act of promoting and selling products or services. Have you ever heard (or said) the following? “Well I told them about it, but I can’t force them to participate”.  No, no you can’t.  I completely agree.  However, we do … Continue reading

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Volunteer Training Lesson Plans

Whether you have monthly “Leaders’ Meetings” or quarterly volunteer trainings or even a regular email newsletter you use to educate volunteers, you should have some system of regular communication and development of your volunteers.  Looking for ready-made lesson plans to … Continue reading

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Curb Your Stress- NOW!

Fun fact:  Extension can be stressful. I know- you’re shocked!  Dismayed perhaps.  The reality is some of the stress is very real, and some is really self-driven.  I guess what I’m trying to say is- folks, sometimes we just do … Continue reading

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Crisis Communication: What to Say When You Just Don’t Know What to Say

In our Spring District Faculty meeting “Crisis Communication” was one of the topics addressed.  Sometimes, in 4-H,  things happen. Whether you call these things hurdles, bumps, challenges or crises, it matters not; what does matter is that you are aware … Continue reading

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Brilliant Jerks and Fully Formed Adults

**Special Entry** In 2009, the Netflix Culture Deck went viral, with millions, and millions, and MILLIONS of views, yet I missed it.  Perhaps you saw it, but for those who didn’t let me elaborate… Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg referred to the Netflix Culture … Continue reading

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BEHOLD- The Power of Project Days!

Last week we discussed planning the new 4-H year, but frankly the best laid plans can quickly go astray.  Why?  If you are like me, other “stuff” can quickly eat up the time you need to create good work… if … Continue reading

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Conference Planning

In addition to the opportunity to gain knowledge, conferences are a prime opportunity to renew your excitement about your career and make important connections with others engaged in similar work.  As you are planning your professional development budget for the … Continue reading

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