Want Staff Help with Communications? Start with Photography
Aug15

Want Staff Help with Communications? Start with Photography

Before social media, nonprofit communicators needed mostly text, and convincing non-communications staff to devote time and energy into writing was (and still is) a challenge. Now, communicators need visuals as much as they need text. With the proliferation of smartphones with good cameras, it’s easier than ever for everyone on staff, regardless of writing talents or interests, to contribute to your nonprofit’s communications...

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Comms Department Like a Drive-Thru Window or Reservations Required?
Jul05

Comms Department Like a Drive-Thru Window or Reservations Required?

As I shared earlier in the year, we did some research on nonprofit communications teams structures as part of our annual Trends Report. I’m also looking at how comms teams are treated within the different organizational cultures of nonprofits. I’ve found a restaurant analogy to be helpful when talking about the some of the key differences. The Comms Team as Drive-Thru Window Some comms teams, especially those structured as...

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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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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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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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