“Great webinar!” That was the reaction of Sharon Moskowitz to the Leadership Lessons from the Angry Birds webinar offered by the LCI Leadership Development Division. An immediate past district governor from MD 20 K2 in New York, she makes a point of attending LCI webinars. Speaking of the Angry Birds webinar, Moskowitz says, “This one was fun and relatable to today’s younger members.” She plans on using the webinar with her club, which she’ll be able to do because webinar participants receive access to the presentation upon completion of the live sessions. Established in 2009, Leadership Development webinars are part of the division’s mission of providing Lions with training and development opportunities that promote personal growth and leadership excellence, ultimately supporting and enhancing Lions’ global service efforts. The exponential growth of technology-based learning has made webinars a primary vehicle of learning in education, the corporate world and any organization that needs to reach a larger number of people in distant locations. Given the worldwide reach of Lions, webinars are a valuable tool. One of the greatest benefits of webinars is the open and easy access to training. From the comfort of home or office, joining a webinar is a matter of following an email link and having a computer with an Internet connection. However, by no means is the experience passive. As with all effective learning, webinar sessions are interactive with numerous opportunities for the online audience to share ideas, experiences and questions with one another and the presenters. The webinar faculty is comprised of experienced Lions trainers whose role is to facilitate discussion and interaction among Lions. This results in a fun, impactful session in which Lions, who might never have the opportunity to meet, can collaborate. Like Moskowitz, many webinar participants in turn share the presentation with their local club, zone, region or multiple district. Also speaking of the Angry Birds training, GLT Coordinator and Past District Governor Rob Sherman of MD 27 D1 in Wisconsin says that he plans on using the webinar material in his own presentations. Past District Governor James Honold of SD 412 in Botswana does not even wait until the webinar is over. He gathers Lions together to watch the webinar, followed with discussion. It is not only Lions training leaders, however, who take advantage of webinars. New Lion Katy Kastrouni of Greece says she “was excited and very delighted to participate” in the Effective Club Meetings webinar. She adds that she “wishes other Lions friends would attend such webinars. Our club could have more progress and our relationship and cooperation would be more productive and effective.” Kastrouni echoes a frequent sentiment from webinar attendees who want their fellow Lions to experience the information, skills and knowledge shared in webinars. Mount Pearl Lion Claudette Coombs in Newfoundland, Canada, serves dual roles as club secretary and District Convention and By-laws chairperson. She feels so strongly that the LCI Ethics and the Role of the Leader webinar material needs to be shared that she included a summary of the presentation in her district newsletter. During the 2013-14 fiscal year, nearly 2,000 Lions from Canada to Nepal to Venezuela have participated in webinars, making them the fastest-growing LCI Leadership Development training program. Every year several dynamic topics are available for any Lion with access to a computer and a desire to grow in Lionism. Whatever your Lion hopes and dreams, a webinar is sure to positively influence to your knowledge and skills. From officer training to managing service projects to conflict resolution, there is a topic sure to be of interest. Register for a webinar today by searching for “Leadership Development Webinars” at www.lionsclubs.org.
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