Coming Soon: The CALM not BUSY Book Club
Nov16

Coming Soon: The CALM not BUSY Book Club

In just a couple of weeks, my new book, CALM not BUSY: How to Manage Your Nonprofit’s Communications for Great Results will be released. What’s equally exciting to me personally is that it will be the first title released by a new publishing company I am launching with my friend and business partner, Antionette Kerr. Bold and Bright Media will release CALM not BUSY as well as Modern Media Relations, a book co-authored by...

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5 Strategies to Guard Your To-Do List from What Doesn’t Belong
Nov07

5 Strategies to Guard Your To-Do List from What Doesn’t Belong

Today I presented the first in a two-part webinar series on streamlining your communications workflow. We focused on five strategies for managing what happens to ideas, suggestions, and other potential assignments BEFORE they make it on to your to-do list. After talking about each strategy, I polled participants about how easy they thought it would be to implement. Let’s go from easiest to hardest. Using a Creative Brief We...

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How to Shorten Your To-Do List
Oct24

How to Shorten Your To-Do List

Every communications director has a to-do list a mile long, and it gets longer every day. What’s the secret to keeping that list in check? It’s all about creating a workflow for ideas BEFORE they make it onto your editorial calendar or to-do list. Here are three tips to get you started: Idea Parking Lot and a Process to Clear It. Just because a great idea has been voiced doesn’t mean that it has to be assigned to you...

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Communications Directors, Step Up and Lead
Jun27

Communications Directors, Step Up and Lead

Just about every week, I talk to nonprofit communications directors who have “limiting beliefs” that are holding them back.  Limiting beliefs are ideas or assumptions that you have about yourself, your situation, or others that limit your ability to succeed. But limiting beliefs are just that: beliefs. They are not indisputable facts, and they are often flat-out wrong. In my role as a coach, I help communications directors...

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How to Build Trust in Your #NPCOMM Competence
Jun20

How to Build Trust in Your #NPCOMM Competence

    Do you recognize any of these scenarios? Your boss is a perfectionist which makes him nitpicky and hypercritical of your work because he believes it reflects poorly on him if it is not just so. Even though your boss knows you can do the work, she still thinks she can do it better, therefore she won’t delegate it to you. But because she is so busy, she never actually does the work. Your boss says social media is your job,...

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5 Ways to Make Progress Daily and Keep Your #NPCOMM Work on Track
Jun07

5 Ways to Make Progress Daily and Keep Your #NPCOMM Work on Track

Making a little progress every day is really important to staying motivated and happy in your work. But when you feel like you are getting pulled in a hundred different directions, as many nonprofit communicators are, that can be tough. Experts recommend that you develop “progress rituals.” Here are 5 I like. Let us know which ones work best for you!  Pick Just One Thing a Day Your to-do list is way too long, right? I used...

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