Spitfire's Webinar Series
Spitfire Strategies has taught hundreds of nonprofit leaders how to be better communicators – now it’s your turn!
“Great interactivity, great focus, smart use of stories and anecdotes, and I really like the availability of the handouts as takeaways. Thanks so much for a great learning opportunity!"
-2013 Webinar Participant
Interested in attending a webinar on one of Spitfire's most popular training topics? Our Webinar Series is an excellent way cut travel and training costs, and bring together staff or grantees from diverse locations to benefit from Spitfire's valuable insights and powerful communications tools.
During these 60-minute presentations, participants follow along in real time as the trainer shares communications tips and leads a variety of interactive exercises. Participants are drawn into the discussion and encouraged to ask questions, interact with each other and comment on the content being presented. Just like our on-site trainings, each webinar is tailored to meet the needs of the nonprofit sector. And we make it fun!
To allow for further flexibility and increased access to learning, an on-demand recording of each webinar is made available to those who would like to watch the session again or were unable to participate in the live session.
Click. Dial. Learn. Spitfire makes it that simple!
Logistics: All webinars begin on the dates listed below at 1:00 pm Eastern Time / 10:00 am Pacific Time. Participants must register for individual webinars by 9:00 am Eastern Time on the day of the webinar. Participants must register for the series pass by 9:00 am Eastern Time on the day of the first webinar. Web access and dial-in information will be provided by email, when registration is complete.
$175 for any four webinars – “Small multi-event pass”
Register for the 2014 Webinar Series
Small multi-event pass
Access for one person to any four webinars in this series, at a lower package price.
Large multi-event pass
Access for one person to any eight webinars in this series, at a lower package price.
Access for one person to all 18 webinars in this series, at a lower package price.
Writing for Results - April 23 at 1 p.m. ET
It’s an informational device, a persuasive tool, a cheat sheet and a calling card: The venerable one-pager is the Swiss Army Knife of collateral materials. Whether you’re in charge of crafting a new one-pager for your organization or project, or just want to know what to look for when reviewing an existing one, this interactive session offers useful tips for creating an effective one-pager that not only looks good, but also gets your message across.
What's Your Spiel? - May 7 at 1 p.m. ET
How do you describe your organization: is it short and sassy or a long and winding road? At some point, we all have to describe what it is we do. Whether at a party, a meeting or a presentation, you must introduce or reinforce your advocacy efforts. During this webinar, Spitfire will provide you the tips and tools to describe your work in a way that people will understand and remember it.
Discovering the Activation Point™ - May 21 at 1 p.m. ET
Many social and behavioral change issues have significant public support, but this support is passive. There is a gap between people saying they care about something, and those actually motivated to do something about it. During this session, you’ll learn smart ways to bridge the gap between awareness and action with tips and strategies designed to engage and activate your audience.
Policymaker Outreach 101 - June 4 at 1 p.m. ET
Engaging policymakers is a great way to amplify the impact of your work. This introductory webinar focuses on answering the threekey questions of smart policymaker engagement. 1. Who do we start with? 2. What do we ask for, and how do we stay on the right side of the lobbying line?3. How do we connect our work with the policymaker's interests? Spitfire offers practical strategies for turning an initial call into a lasting relationship with your targeted policymakers.
Living in a Digital World? - June 18 at 1 p.m. ET
Facebook and Twitter? Email? Analytics? Where do you start? During this session, Spitfire Strategies will help participants understand the six areas that are essential to a strong digital strategy: listening, websites, email, social media, outreach, content creation, and staffing. This session will help you decide how much time to invest in the areas that are important for your organization's success. Participants will walk away from the session with clear next steps they can take home to their organizations to improve their overall digital strategy.
Opposition Messaging - July 2 at 1 p.m. ET
Just Enough Planning Guide™ - July 16 at 1 p.m. ET
Whether planning to pass a law, win popular support for an issue or organize a boycott - produced by Spitfire Strategies, the Just Enough Planning Guide™ gives groups a step-by-step process to chart where they are going, the best way to get there and what to expect along the way. In this training, Spitfire Strategies highlights the nine steps it takes to win your next campaign.
Internal Communications - August 6 at 1 p.m. ET
Ensuring external audiences get your messages starts with making sure everyone inside the organization is on message. During this one-hour session, participants learn how to get everyone on the same page in order to have greater external impact. As part of this session, we will also review strategies for evaluating internal communications capacity and prioritizing activities.
Smart Chart 3.0™ - August 20 at 1 p.m. ET
Join, Engage, Listen: Putting Your Digital Strategy into Action - September 3 at 1 p.m. ET
A strong online presence is well-planned and executed with strategy. It should be reflective of your offline communications and incorporate each element from the Smart Chart. This webinar will dive deeper into the topics discussed in the Digital Strategies webinar and guide organizations through the evolving network of social media, email systems and websites. We’ll help organizations decide which social networks are the best for reaching their target audiences, use best practices on Facebook and Twitter, identify and engage with online influencers, develop a strong social media policy, and create a social media dashboard to affectively listen to target audiences and measure success.
Measuring Impact - September 24 at 1 p.m. ET
"Can anyone hear me?" If you're not sure anyone can hear your message, or you're not sure if your communications efforts are paying off, this webinar can help. Spitfire Strategies will discuss strategies for evaluating your communications efforts as they progress and will share tips for revising plans as needed to ensure your work stays on target.
Storytelling - October 1 at 1 p.m. ET
Storytelling is a uniquely powerful tool that can be used to connect with and inspire your target audiences to take action on your issue. However, many organizations often do not realize how to effectively use it. Spitfire Strategies will lead you through this session aimed at helping you craft and deliver different kinds of stories that you can deliver to media, funders, activists, legislators and other key audiences. Spitfire will also offer tips for creating a storytelling culture within your own organization.
Storybanking - October 15 at 1 p.m. ET
This webinar will help you take your storytelling to the next level. Join us to learn tips on how to create a bank of organizational stories that you can draw upon when faced with media or policymaker requests, or when you need a story to include in your outreach efforts to funders or target audiences.
Getting Your Board On Board - November 5 at 2 p.m. ET
Communicating organizations need a vibrant and engaged board. They often have the expertise, visibility and networks an organization needs to succeed. Spitfire Strategies will help participants consider ways to turn their board into a powerhouse resource for their issue including effective board communications, strategic deployment and how to train them.
Audience Targeting and Messaging - December 17 at 1 p.m. ET
Strong messaging is absolutely critical to a successful communications effort. Yet crafting clear, compelling messages can sometimes seem like an impossible task. Help is on the way! In this interactive webinar Spitfire offers strategic tips and proven techniques for identifying and effectively reaching the audiences most important to your efforts. We'll also introduce you to the Spitfire message box, a simple, intuitive tool designed to help you tap your audience's values and overcome their barriers in order to create strong, concise messages that connect with the people you care about and move them to action.
Smart Chart 3.0™
Developed by Spitfire Strategies, the Smart Chart is an easy-to-use strategic communications planning tool that offers a practical approach to developing successful communications programs. During this fun, interactive webinar, you’ll be led through the choices that must be made to put a successful plan in place. Requiring you to lead with strategy rather than tactics, the Smart Chart ensures that strategy drives communications, and helps build the strong foundation your organization needs to achieve its goals.
Extreme PowerPoint Makeover
Great PowerPoint presentations begin with strong content. During this webinar you will learn how to ground your presentation in your overall communications strategy and make it work harder for you. The session also covers the four elements of effective presentation content. By the end of the training, you will have a plan for developing a new presentation or revamping an existing one.
Gaining Media Coverage in a Changing Landscape - April 9 at 1 p.m. ET
In a world where traditional media is on the decline, Spitfire Strategies will offer tips for garnering media coverage of events and programs through both proven methods of reaching print, radio and television reporters, but also through new communications vehicles, such as bloggers, and internet-based publications and e-newsletters. Spitfire will also highlight tactics for getting more mileage out of the coverage you generate.