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Certificate in Not-for-Profit Management in a Changing World

Posted by Debbi Honorof on Tue, Sep 03, 2013 @ 08:32 AM

The defining feature of not-for-profit (NFP) organizations is their mission.  Therefore, for the people involved, promoting that mission as effectively and efficiently as possible is crucial.  The more effective and efficient the organization can be, the more impact they can make on the world.

ce afpHofstra University Continuing Education, in partnership with the Association of Fundraising Professionals-Long Island Chapter, offers an 80-hour certificate in Not-for-Profit Management in a Changing World.  Whether you’re an administrator, staff member, board member, volunteer, or perhaps interested in joining the NFP ranks with a career change or your own mission, these courses will give you a thorough understanding of the ins and outs of this fast-changing world.  For example, you’ll learn about the dramatic changes NFPs have seen in recent years, how to garner the support of well-informed donors, how to manage resource scarcity, how to employ social media, and how to navigate stricter government oversight.

For the certificate program (courses may also be taken on an individual basis), 60 hours of core curriculum are required.  These critical knowledge areas are:

Fundamentals of Not-for-Profit Management in a Changing World

It has been said that the only constant is change, and NFPs have not been immune.  This course provides up-to-date information about finances, legal issues; board/staffing issues, program development, fundraising, branding, etc.

Building a Sustainable Fundraising Program

This course explores sustainable fundraising, including best practices that create a more compelling case for support, a diversified funding strategy reducing dependency on special events, and building donor engagement and loyalty.

Not-for-Profit Finance and Legal Issues

Successful fiscal oversight is key for NFPs.  This course gives you the tools for budgets, documentation, and fiduciary responsibilities of the board and financial staff.

Board, Staff and Volunteer Management

The board, staff, and volunteers are the lifeblood of NFPs.  They have different roles, but all need to interact cohesively for the organization to flourish.

Integrated Marketing, Communications, and PR for Not-for-Profits

With decreasing budgets and increasing competition for limited financial resources, strategic marketing for NFPs is more important than ever. This course provides best practice marketing concepts and affordable tactics, with lessons drawn from real-world situations.

20 hours of electives round out the certificate program.  Choose at least 4 of these valuable courses:

Creating Special Events for Not-for-Profits

Creating Programming for Not-for-Profits

Strategic Planning for Not-for-Profits

Digital and Social Media for Not-for-Profits

Grantwriting in a Challenging Economy

Creating a Major Gifts and Planned Giving Program

Building a Strong Board

Are you dedicated to a not-for-profit effort?  Whether you’re new or a seasoned veteran, improving your knowledge of the NFP world and understanding its current challenges will help your organization operate at its best and your mission succeed.  Get started this fall with Hofstra University CE’s Not-for-Profit Management in a Changing World certificate program. 

AFP members receive a tuition discount.

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Learn How To Use Coach Approach to Drive Better Workplace Results

Posted by Debbi Honorof on Fri, Aug 23, 2013 @ 09:25 AM

How’s the atmosphere in your business?  Are the people around you focused, inspired, and productive?  If not, why not?  If so, what’s the next pinnacle and how do you reach it?

Successful businesses recognize that people are the primary asset and that successful workplace communication is critical.  Yet the “soft skills” for managing people are often neglected, and the overall atmosphere and communication can suffer.  Sometimes businesses turn to coaches to help improve their people skills and thus make it easier for everyone to achieve results. 

You can learn to use the same approach business coaches use and achieve the same results in your own workplace.  Whether you’re a small business owner, HR professional, manager, or CEO, learning to use a coaching approach in the workplace is a good investment.  Join Hofstra University Continuing Education (CE) for our new workshop “How to Use a Coach Approach in the Workplace” to learn what sets coaching apart from mentoring, counseling, consulting, training, and therapy.  

You’ll also learn about various communication styles, conflict resolution techniques, and how to implement these skills in the workplace.  You’ll come away ready to assess new possibilities in your workplace, help shift your employees’ focus to a more positive and productive one, and define goals and accountability.  In short, you’ll learn to change the whole workplace atmosphere for the better.  You might be surprised at how much impact these changes can make!

rita maniscalcoInstructor Rita Maniscalco is a Certified Professional Career, Life, and Business Coach; a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF); and executive board member and former president of the Long Island Coaching Alliance.  She’s been studying self-improvement, personal growth, and success strategies for more than 20 years and is a quoted expert in such publications as Newsday. 

Wouldn’t it be nice to work in a more positive and productive environment?  Wouldn’t it be helpful to have everyone on the same page, working toward a common goal, and communicating effectively?  Could these things improve your business overall?  You bet!  And learning to use business coaching skills in your workplace can help get you there.  Click on the title link below to register today!

How to Use a Coach Approach in the Workplace

Saturdays, October 12, 19, and 26, and November 2

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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Are You Ready to Learn How To Be A Life Coach?

Posted by Debbi Honorof on Mon, Aug 12, 2013 @ 01:40 PM

These days, access to information is not a challenge.  Seemingly everything you could want to know is at your fingertips via one resource or another.  However, information overload – that is, knowing how much of the information is valid and what to do with that information – is definitely a challenge. 

That’s why so many people are turning to life coaches to help them focus their efforts better on what really is meaningful and helpful in their own lives.  Life coaches help people discern their own desires, talents, and hurdles, and offer specific, unbiased advice for planning their way forward.

josephine rotoloWith this increased demand comes opportunity. If you’ve ever wondered what life coaching is about or thought you might enjoy it, the new Hofstra University Continuing Education workshop So You Want To Be A Life Coach is the ideal next step for you! Instructor Josephine Rotolo, founder of Type J Coaching, Inc., is a certified New York State Board of Education mentor and chair of the Long Island Coaching Alliance (part of the International Coach Federation). 

She’ll help you explore the benefits of life coaching and why it’s so beneficial for clients.  Various life coaching specialties and topic areas will be discussed, including wellbeing, relationships, physical environments, fun and creativity, career, finances, and personal development.  You can learn how to help others create their most fulfilling life and career and to help businesses and organizations reach their maximum potential (through executive and business coaching) using the core principles and processes of professional life coaching.  The most amazing thing is that you’ll really just be helping them to tap into the resources and knowledge they already have and move toward the future they desire. 

Many people drift through life without a real understanding of what they want and without a real plan to get where they want to go.  Life coaching can help them bridge the gaps and get moving!

How about you?  Is life coaching the next step for your own journey?  If so, stop drifting and get moving!  If you’ve ever thought about becoming a life coach, join us November 2, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for this exciting workshop.  Click here to register today!

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Lifelong Learning: More Important Than Ever in Today's Ever Changing World (Fall Courses)

Posted by Debbi Honorof on Thu, Aug 01, 2013 @ 08:00 AM

Are you content with your current career?  Would you like to improve your opportunities or chances for promotion?  Or would you like to consider an entirely different career?  Whatever your target, it’s important to ensure you’re always aiming for some kind of new knowledge and growth.  Candidates who can show they’re lifelong learners, interested in improving themselves, and business results, are more valuable than ever to employers.

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If you’ve been considering a change, now’s a great time to quit merely mulling and actually make your move!  After all, you can’t succeed until you’ve started.  As Goethe said, “Enough words have been exchanged; now at last let me see some deeds!” (Faust I)

There’s nothing stopping you!  A very wide range of class options – likely wider than you might imagine – exists to help you achieve your dreams.  Do you think Insurance, Real Estate, or Social Media Marketing might be your next field of growth?  Check out our Professional Development courses!  How about Health Care, Information Technology (IT), or Healthcare-specific IT?  We’ve got ‘em!  Sign Language?  Nutrition Studies?  Yes and yes!

Hofstra University’s Continuing Education (CE) courses will thoroughly prepare you for whatever that next step might be.  Our courses don’t stop with basic familiarity – they truly provide the knowledge you need. 

For example, if learning about insurance is your next step, our Insurance Brokers Qualifying Course will provide you 99 hours of instruction to prepare you for the New York State Insurance License Examination.  It covers the ground from the basic principles all the way up to managing an insurance agency.  We also help you cram for the Property and Casualty exam, offer Continuing Education Credit courses, and cover niche insurance topics like Environmental Insurance, Fraud, and Workers Compensation.

We have certificate programs available in a wide range of study areas, from Not-for-Profit Management to Object-Oriented Programming.  Want to be a personal trainer?  Don’t settle for a fly-by-night program that won’t give you all the information you need!  Consider instead our Personal Trainer / Exercise and Fitness Specialist Certificate, in which you’ll receive at least 75 hours of training on such topics as anatomy, biomechanics, and fitness assessments. 

Perhaps you want to move on in your education, but don’t feel quite prepared for the tests your desired study focus would require (such as the GRE or LSAT).  Why not take advantage of Hofstra University CE’s post-baccalaureate test preparation courses? 

As you can see, whatever direction you want to go, we’ve got the program to help.  Ready to take the first step on your lifelong learning journey?  Join us this fall and let the momentum take you from there! 

Click here to see our Fall 2013 catalog.

Click here to register for Fall 2013 courses.

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Key Ways to De-clutter Your Life and Reduce Stress (Workshop)

Posted by Debbi Honorof on Thu, Jul 25, 2013 @ 02:24 PM

Did you know that a positive outlook can not only improve the quality of your life, but also actually extend the length of your life?  A National Institutes of Health study showed optimists were up to 33% less likely to die of various causes during an eight-year period.  Attitude really is everything!

If you’re interested in improving your outlook, and thus your quality of life and life expectancy, there are many small, simple steps you can take to become a more positive person.  One of these simple steps might surprise you:  de-clutter your life. 

Hofstra University Continuing Education (CE) is happy to announce our newest workshop “De-clutter Your Life to Reduce Stress”.  In this workshop, you’ll learn the signs and symptoms of stress and anxiety, the impact of stress on your body, triggers for stress and anger, and how to feel more empowered and motivated.  You’ll learn, in essence, how to get rid of all the extraneous “noise” and simplify, which will affect your whole life in positive ways.

diane langOur instructor for this important topic is therapist, author, and positive psychology educator Diane Lang.  Ms. Lang is the author of “Baby Steps: the Path from Motherhood to Career” and “Creating Balance & Finding Happiness.”  She has been featured in many publications and shows, including the Daily Record, Family Beautiful Magazine, Health & Beauty NJ, Family and Working Mother Magazine, Good Morning Connecticut, and Fox & Friends.  She has counseled patients with different forms of mental illness, physical and emotional abuse, and relationship issues, and is a much-sought-after expert for positive parenting.  When you hear the feedback of participants in her prior workshops, it’s easy to see why:

“Diane presents her topics in a very enthusiastic, realistic, informative presentation. She spends quality time answering your questions and concerns, and gets everyone involved. Her formula for achieving success in whatever area of life goals you are struggling with are simple lessons that you can put into action. And she provides you with additional motivation and confidence that you can do this!”  -Sharon, Roxbury, NJ

“Diane has the unique ability to impart a great deal of information in an accessible, understandable and entertaining way. Because of Diane's ability to inspire her audience, participants at these workshops have expressed determination to put some of her ideas into practice. Her workshops are perfectly geared to her audience, offering practical suggestions that real people can use in their daily lives."  -Christine O'Brien, B.A., M.L.S., Senior Librarian, Jefferson Township Public Library

Don’t let negativity win!  Join us for this exciting 1-day workshop and learn to better understand and manage the stress cluttering your life.

Click here to register:  De-clutter Your Life to Reduce Stress

Thursday, August 15, 2013, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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Learn All You Need to Know About Publishing in Just Four Days

Posted by Debbi Honorof on Thu, Jul 18, 2013 @ 08:30 AM

Are you a writer?  If so, you’re probably all too aware that these days there’s a lot more involved in being successful than just the writing.  Your work needs to be marketable, of course, but you also need to know how to work the market.  The publishing world has changed dramatically to respond to readers’ tastes, broader distribution and promotion avenues, and newer technology such as eBooks and eReaders.  Additionally, publishers have to sort through a lot of work (think millions of submissions) to find the next best seller.  With these dynamics, authors must be adept at giving publishers what they want and take advantage of every opportunity to promote their work.

dina santorelliHow can you understand the publishing world of today when you’ve been chained to a keyboard, pounding out words?  One of the best ways to get going quickly and effectively is by getting an insider’s perspective.  Hofstra University Continuing Education (CE) is thrilled to offer an intensive 4-session course with author Dina Santorelli so you can do just that!  Ms. Santorelli has a great deal of experience successfully navigating the publishing maze.  She has been a freelance writer for over 15 years for publications as diverse as Newsday, Long Island Pulse, Pregnancy,, and Wellness.  She is the author of Baby Grand, a top-rated mystery and thriller, and a collaborator on numerous other books.  She also serves as the Executive Editor of Salute and Family magazines.  She knows the publishing industry from many angles.

You’ve worked hard on your writing, and it deserves to be read.  Why let your work languish, especially when it could take you just 4 days to learn what you need to know about the publishing world?  Join us for our exciting Writing and Publishing Fundamentals course Monday, July 22 through Thursday, July 25, 2013 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.  Seating is limited, so click here to register today!

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Connecting the Dots to a More Healthy Body and Mind

Posted by Debbi Honorof on Wed, Jul 10, 2013 @ 07:52 AM

margaret marshallIf you’re trying to change your physical health, no doubt you’ve realized that much of the battle is mental.  Willpower alone won’t get you there.  You need knowledge of nutritional principles and the issues surrounding food, and you need sensible techniques to help you make the changes and stick to them.  Many people become overwhelmed because there are so many connections that must be made to create a sustainable health plan. 

How can you make it all work for you?  The first step has to be knowledge.  Hofstra University Continuing Education (CE) is pleased to offer two new courses to help you connect the dots for your health. 

Body, Mind, and Mouth … Life’s Eating Connection

Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

You might not feel like it, but you are in control of what and how you eat.  This course, taught by Margaret Marshall, a certified nutritional advisor, will help you realize how to shift your thoughts to shift your eating.  You’ll learn techniques that are easy to incorporate into your everyday routine.  For example, you’ll learn to rate foods and only eat the foods you truly want.  (This is a great practice for people who enjoy late-night snacks, parties, and eating out.)  This course will help you understand that “Knowledge, Patience, and Practice” are the cornerstones to your ideal body weight and will power your efforts. 

This course is not just for those trying to lose weight!  It’s helpful for everyone, including parents, students, young professionals, older professionals, people who are overweight, and people who are underweight.  It is positive, enlightening, and encouraging, and it is designed so that you can interpret the lessons to work for YOU!

Triumph with Five Simple and Healthy Habits

Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

When you’re trying to connect the dots for a healthier lifestyle, you might feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of dots that need connecting!  The key is to simplify and move from one to the next only when you’re ready.  But you have to start somewhere.  In this course, certified nutritional advisor Margaret Marshall will teach you five simple and healthy habits you can incorporate immediately into your lifestyle. 

She’ll also help you identify any specific challenges and barriers (often fears, stresses, and blocks) that have kept you from achieving your ideal body weight.  You’ll learn to take the strengths that have allowed you to excel in other areas and use them for your personal well-being.  

You might be surprised at how much difference small changes can make in your overall health.  A little knowledge and some simple techniques will go a long way.  If you’re ready to make those small but significant changes for your health, join us for these enlightening and empowering courses.  You’ll go home with an arsenal of information and clever techniques and a better understanding of your current barriers, energized and ready to succeed!  (Register by clicking on the titles above.)

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Driving Change, Standing Out, and Influencing Others with Dave Gordon

Posted by Debbi Honorof on Thu, Jun 27, 2013 @ 08:23 AM

dave gordonLife isn’t just about work, of course, but let’s face it, work is a big part of life.  Furthermore, many of the skills you use to be more effective in your career can also be used in every other facet of life.  For example, if you have the skills to influence positive change in the work environment, couldn’t that also be helpful in your family and community? 

These three exciting Hofstra University Continuing Education (CE) management and communication skills courses – taught by renowned Personal, Team, and Corporate Branding Strategist Dave Gordon – will help you learn to drive change, stand out, and influence others, both in and out of the workplace. 

Driver of Positive Change:  Get on the “Energy Bus”

Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 8-11 a.m.

Leadership is about many things, but positive change has to be the top priority, especially in management.  Why else have leaders?  The “Driver of Positive Change” concept, based on the bestselling book The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon, has been embraced by many organizations, universities, and professional sports teams that understand the value of good leadership.  The course will teach you the most effective techniques for driving positive change in your life, career, business, and relationships.  It will also help you develop a lasting emotional commitment as a leader and develop a “road map” of positive goals. 

Action!  Mastering the Business Audition

Wednesday, July 24, 31, 2013, 7-9.30 p.m.

Very few among us are actors, and yet we all have to perform.  Whether we’re meeting new in-laws or meeting new clients, having the skills to put on our best show can be critical!  At the very least, we’ll need to know how to show our best selves when it comes time for a face-to-face interview.  This course offers more than your standard interview course – it’ll help you understand how you’re expected to perform in an interview, how to stand out among other candidates, how to avoid stage fright, and, most importantly, how to win over decision makers and show them that you’re the ideal choice.  You’ll leave with skills, tools, tips, and confidence!

The Art of Influence: Getting People to Act on Your Big Ideas

Wednesdays, July 10 and 17, 2013, 7-9 p.m.

Did you know you’re a salesperson?  It’s true – no matter your job title, you engage in some sort of selling all the time.  Perhaps you’re selling your coworkers on your fantastic new idea or convincing your boss to give you a raise.  How well do you sell?  This course will teach you the skills for convincing and influencing others – that is, the skills to communicate with a purpose.  You’ll learn to convey complex issues in a clear manner, tell stories that engage others, and influence others to act on your ideas. 

What Students Are Saying

These programs are popular for a reason!  Here are just a few examples of what former students have said. 

“Dave's classes should be an intro or on-boarding class in every organization.  He was brilliant.  I won’t be able to communicate the same way ever again. Thank god. ”

"It worked. I have broken a barrier with a tough crowd. Dave's communication classes and coaching were critical to helping me open that door to a tough to reach client.”

Ready to learn to drive positive change, sell yourself, and sell your ideas?  Don’t miss these wonderful opportunities to improve your management and communication abilities!  (Click on the course titles above to register.)

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How to Create Consistent, Valuable Content for Websites, SEO & Social Media

Posted by Debbi Honorof on Thu, Jun 20, 2013 @ 08:12 AM

Blogs and social media sites like Twitter and Facebook are the most popular way for customers to stay connected with business these days, so your business needs to generate engaging content on a regular basis to maintain that connection.  This content has to actually add value – “fluff” content and blatant sales pitches will cause customers to feel you’re wasting their time and possibly drive them away: 

“The long-term consequences of serving empty marketing sandwiches will prove dire.  The internet searchlights of blogging, social networking and comparison sites will increasingly focus on the filling, and mercilessly expose empty sandwiches.” – Hugh Davidson

Nobody wants to be served an empty sandwich, so you have to make sure the content you’re posting has real substance.  That seems simple enough, at least at first, but how do you continually come up with fresh new content of real value over the long term?

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Join Hofstra University Continuing Education (CE) as we explore this question in our new hands-on, interactive workshop, Creating Content for Websites, SEO, and Social Media, July 16, 2013 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. 

In this workshop, which is co-presented with leading digital marketing experts Constant Contact, the Society of Enlightened Entrepreneurs, and CORE Interactive, you’ll learn useful tips and techniques for creating interesting and relevant content, work on those techniques in groups during the workshop, and leave with content ideas you can implement immediately.  For example, have you ever considered generating content by considering what questions you’d like an interviewer to ask you?  In one of our workshop exercises, you’ll create interview questions, be interviewed by group members using those questions and others as they arise, and receive written feedback from group members to spark even more ideas.  But you won’t just leave with the content ideas from exercises – instead, you’ll leave with the very important skill of knowing how to generate worthwhile content ideas for the future.

If you’re looking to create and maintain an appealing and engaging online presence, you can’t afford to miss this workshop.  Register by July 9 and receive a $10 discount.  Space is limited, so register early!  Fee includes a continental breakfast (with no empty sandwiches).

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Prep for the PMI-ACP Exam with our Three-Day Training Course

Posted by Debbi Honorof on Thu, Jun 13, 2013 @ 08:00 AM

pmiAgile is everywhere these days.  You see it especially in the world of software development where it was developed, but it’s also being adapted for use in many other arenas, essentially anywhere that project management or product development is involved.  Some families are even adopting it for managing everything from chores to significant life challenges!

That’s because the principles of Agile can help in nearly any effort.  Thus, nearly any business can see benefits from harnessing Agile’s principle foundations:  rapid delivery, welcoming of changing requirements, iterative deployments that confirm working products, close cooperation, co-location, trust, excellence in design, simplicity, self-organizing teams, and regular adaptation to changing circumstances.

Agile is not difficult to understand, but as David Liebman, Hofstra University CE course instructor notes, while it is easily learned, it can be difficult to actually perform.  “For Agile training to be effective, it must provide the required mindset by teaching the principles via lecture and real world experience through exercises and simulations.  However, with proper grounding in theory and real world experience, Agile Project Management offers outstanding results as well as great personal satisfaction.  As an Agile Coach, I have seen that successful transformation in team after team.”

In other words, project managers and Agile practitioners need training to understand how to actually apply Agile principles to real-world situations.  How do you actually use “close cooperation” and “self-organizing teams” when your real-world scenario has your software coders in Denver, your client in Miami, and you in Dallas, and testing reveals a bug in the software?

Believe it or not, it’s possible.  But as you can tell from that example, it’s not enough to simply know the principles of Agile.  That’s why Hofstra University Continuing Education is offering our 3-day PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) Training.  It’s specifically designed to help students prepare for the PMI-ACP examination. With lectures, games, group interactions, and simulations, you’ll get the tools, techniques, and knowledge you need to pass the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner exam and to apply the knowledge to your own projects.

T8141: PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) Training

July 19-21 (Friday-Sunday), 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Classes fill up quickly, so register today online!  Or call, 516-463-7200.

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