The Kinds of Meetings Communications Directors Need
May16

The Kinds of Meetings Communications Directors Need

Another day, another meeting. Or three, or five.  When you literally have to schedule time on your calendar to think, that means you are in too many meetings. But meetings aren’t all bad. They are a great tool for collaboration when used well. Here are a few meeting basics, regardless of what you are meeting about: Include the expected outcomes on your agenda.  Everyone needs to know what the meeting is about, and just as...

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Three Ways to Overcome Decision Fatigue in Your #npcomm Work
May10

Three Ways to Overcome Decision Fatigue in Your #npcomm Work

On more than a few occasions, I’ve told friends and family that the gift I most want on my birthday or Mother’s Day is to NOT be asked to make a decision. I make what feels like a million decisions in managing work and family, and it’s exhausting. This respite from my “decision fatigue” is a real gift. Your decisionmaking ability is like a muscle – when you use it too much, you get tired and your performance wanes.  That’s when...

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How to Define Roles on Communications Projects
May04

How to Define Roles on Communications Projects

Communications work is complicated enough as it is. When you aren’t exactly sure who is responsible for what, it gets even more complicated. You can get clarity on important elements of your work processes, like who needs to be consulted and who has the final decision, using a simple roles and responsibilities framework. One popular model is RACI.  R = Responsible for the project. This person is the one doing the work. A =...

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Do I Have to Keep Producing This Crappy Newsletter?
Apr26

Do I Have to Keep Producing This Crappy Newsletter?

That’s the exact question I got at a conference last week, and it’s one I get quite often.  You or your team are regularly producing content — in this case, an email newsletter — that you know isn’t any good. Can you stop? Yes, please, for everyone’s sake, stop producing your crappy newsletter.  Now the next question is, “Should you produce something else instead?” Odds are, the answer...

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Waiting for Consensus and Certainty Will Kill Your #NPCOMM Plan
Apr20

Waiting for Consensus and Certainty Will Kill Your #NPCOMM Plan

Patrick Lencioni wisely points out in The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable (Amazon) that two of the greatest causes for lack of commitment to a project are the desire for consensus and the need for certainty.  We often see these two factors hurting the chances for successful collaborations in nonprofit communications. Think about what’s slowing down your communications plan, or the decisionmaking needed to...

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