Category Archives: Professional Development

Tough Conversations

Check out this great blog post from Judy Ringer on a step by step method of approaching difficult conversations.  We Have to Talk:  A Step-by-Step Checklist for Difficult Conversations   About the Author Judy Ringer is a conflict and communication … Continue reading

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Post NAE4-HA To-Do List

Settling back into the office after another exciting year at the NAE4-HA National Meeting?  Take a moment to:  Connect with anyone you met.  Send them a quick email telling them how much you enjoyed meeting with them and make future … Continue reading

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Getting the Most out of Professional Conferences

With the annual NAE4-HA Conference being held in the Southern Region this year, we have a large number of attendees from our state, many of whom are first timers to this meeting and to professional conferences in general.  For those … Continue reading

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Visioning for the New 4-H Year

August is likely the most important, yet underappreciated, time of the 4-H year.  This is the month which will set your trajectory for your 4-H program next year.  Remember all those things that didn’t work quite right last year?  Or … Continue reading

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Professional Development Through Podcasts

“Podcasts…didn’t they race those in Star Wars?” Ummm…no. Podcasts are typically audio (but can be video) files that cover a variety of topics. Any internet connected device (i.e. computer) can be used to listen to podcasts but most frequently they … Continue reading

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Advertising Programs where People Look for Them

Even today, repeated research says that mothers still make the bulk of the household decisions as they relate to the children within the family unit (childcare, extracurricular activities, education, etc.).  The majority of the mothers of the youth we are … Continue reading

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A Holistic Look at Your Weekly Schedule

Thanks to Becky for sharing this week’s resource:  How to Do it All in 40 Hours by Laura Vanderkam.  Ms. Vandekam advocates in her blog post for divvying up your week among a healthy variety of people-oriented vs. task-oriented tasks, as … Continue reading

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Your Monday Morning Productivity Boost

So many time management models, so little time!  Sometimes we are overwhelmed by the sheer amount of tools available.  Too much information, too little time to process. Enter the infographic below.  This visual outlines a few of the most popular … Continue reading

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You Just Won the Lottery…Now What? Having an Expense Plan in Place.

“It takes money to make money.” It is beneficial to invest monetarily in our programs when we are seeking to grow and  expand our reach.  With the beginning of a 4-H  membership fee charge in September 2016, we will find … Continue reading

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4-H Marketing Online Resource Center

Our YDI keynote speaker, Janet Golden, referenced the 4-H “MORC” (Marketing Online Resource Center) last week and if you have not checked it out yet (I hadn’t) it’s worth a look. The 4-H MORC contains resources such as a downloadable photo … Continue reading

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