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About Jana Wunderlich

After working with hundreds of Nonprofits, planning and implementing small to large scale volunteer programs, consulting on volunteer management and engagement strategies, Jana created the IMPACTS methodology, which creates proven outcomes for organisations. Helping clients apply the methodology, Jana noticed that some leaders were exteremely successful, while others continued to struggle. She determined which were the key 'ingredients' leaders needed to be successful - helping leaders embody these is now the first step of the IMPACTS method. Jana's expertise has been recognised in Australia by major nonprofit organisations and events, various government agencies and through an Australian Event Award. Jana is also an international speaker and provides consulting to organisations on effective leadership to achieve effective team and community engagement. In addition to leadership coaching, she also runs training and coaching for volunteer managers.

Why Networking is Keeping You Stuck

I often hear “I love networking and sharing experiences with others, it helps us all grow.” But does it really help us grow? Let’s have a look at that. Connecting with others feels good. You feel heard and understood. You feel part of a bigger family and less lonely in your pursuit. Yes, there’s value in that. But… We also inadvertently reinforce some of the thinking that keeps us stuck and spinning our wheels.

How to win at constantly staging bigger and better events?

The month of September always marks the anniversary for Eventeamwork. This year we are celebrating 8 years and I have taken a moment to stop and reflect on the journey. I am extremely proud of my amazing team that I got to work with over these years. I am grateful to our clients for trusting [...]

5 Easy Steps to create a ‘Lived Vision’ to Effectively Engage Stakeholders

Bringing a large-scale event to life that truly reflects your vision will always require buy-in from the various stakeholders involved. It can be very time intensive to manage competing stakeholders when running large-scale events and it can feel like you are being pulled in several different directions. In this post you I’ll show you five [...]

Do you really know your event stakeholders?

If you’re planning a large-scale event, you’ll already know that they don’t ‘just happen’. And of course, the more stakeholders you have, the more potential there is for interests to compete and for you to struggle to satisfy them all. In this post, I’ll show you why it’s important to really know your stakeholders and [...]

Why we need people centric leadership in events

We see varying levels of system approaches and people centric approaches in volunteer management. One approach is relying on a volunteer management system (software) to solve the recruitment problem, the other is reluctance to use a system out of fear to lose the connection with volunteers. I believe the solution is a combination of a [...]

Why to Focus on Event Outcomes when Managing Volunteers

The operational focus naturally is on our next event but there is a need to also focus on event outcomes to create long-term benefits. Many of us fall into the trap of focusing on outputs rather than outcomes, not because we don’t know any better but because it’s so easy to. Hence there are literally [...]

A Solution to Recruiting Volunteers for your next Event

I lost count of how many times recruiting volunteers has been pointed out to be a challenge for event organisers. Not having enough volunteers, not having the “right” volunteers and volunteers not showing up are commonly reported problems. This is supported by many articles stating that often there are not enough resources put into volunteer recruitment [...]

Why It Matters that Event Volunteers are Not Outsourced

When event organisers first approach us, we often hear the following “Can you please provide us with 50 volunteers?” It always makes me cringe. Nobody can be providing people to anyone, let alone volunteers. I think it’s interesting that especially short-term staff and volunteers are often thought of as a commodity. To clarify, we don’t trade volunteers. We [...]

3 Steps to a Winning Strategy for your Event Volunteer Program

Constantly running against multiple deadlines? There are just so many hours in the day and just so much you can do? Yes this is the reality not just for event managers. This makes it all the harder to make any changes to how and why things are done in your organisation. But effective planning can save [...]

Are you really saving costs with your Event Volunteer Program, and should you?

From small to large-scale events, something everyone deals with is allocating limited resources. Often this means that the time frames for event contractors, including volunteer coordinators are getting shorter. This means that the volunteer coordinator is required to plan and implement the volunteer program in less time in the interest of saving costs. But is it really [...]