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YNPN RVA Event Recap: Goal Setting and Planning Workshop with Elaine Kiziah

Maintaining balance and setting manageable goals guides a lot of Elaine Kiziah’s work. Dr. Elaine Kiziah is the founder and principal consultant for See Change Studio, where she specializes in “Eliminating Overwhelm”.

Elaine shared her strategies for setting and achieving manageable goals to help busy nonprofit professionals at the YNPN RVA Goal Setting and Planning Workshop at the Community Foundation on February 27.  It was a full room of many eager professionals, hoping to stick to their 2019 goals.

This workshop is part of an ongoing series hosted by the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network RVA (YNPN RVA) to help young nonprofit professionals build their brand, network and career in the RVA nonprofit sector.

Lessons Learned about Planning and Goal Setting:

Elaine guided the group through her 10 Strategies for Realizing Your Vision. She opened with a journaling prompt that asked “How do you feel about your goal? What Makes you Happy?”, where the audience ruminated on the things that bring joy to their life. She encouraged the group to follow that happiness and let it guide your goals.

She provided the group with 10 Useful Strategies for Realizing Your Vision:

  1.    Stay (Emotionally) Connected to Your “Why”
  2.    Set Achievable Goals
  3.    Narrow Your Focus
  4.    Adopt a Learning Orientation
  5.    Create Accountability (or Not)
  6.    Motivate Yourself with Pleasure, Fun, & Joy
  7.    Build Supportive Routines
  8.    Schedule Your Priorities
  9.    Design Your Environment
  10.    Use Reliable Task Management System

Elaine closed the session by giving the group time to go around the room and meet the other nonprofit professionals to share their goals and the strategies that most resonated with them.

Upcoming Event:

YNPN RVA’s next big event is Building Your Personal Brand 101 with the Spark Mill on March 26, 2019 at 12-1:30 p.m. at Community Foundation. Join us at this workshop, where you will hear from two local leaders on their own brand journeys (and pitfalls!) and how and why it affects your job.  You’ll leave this session with a better understanding of what your brand is and practical steps for how to build it. There will also be time to network with other young nonprofit professionals. You can register here.

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