Your Boss Self and Your Worker Self [Book Review]
Jun24

Your Boss Self and Your Worker Self [Book Review]

I get into strategic planning and productivity mode twice a year: once in December/January and again in June/July. That means I’m reading and thinking a ton about what we do at Nonprofit Marketing Guide and about my own personal productivity. One of the books I’m working my way through is How to be a Productivity Ninja: Worry Less, Achieve More and Love What You Do (Amazon).  I’ve read a lot of productivity and time...

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How Long Should Your Job Take?
Jun18

How Long Should Your Job Take?

What’s a reasonable workload for a nonprofit communications director? To answer that question, we really need to know how long the primary parts of the job take.  So let’s talk about that! I’ve created a quick survey asking you to give a ballpark estimate on how long it takes you to do certain things. I know, “it depends!”  But let’s just go with your average experience. At the end of the survey,...

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Nonprofit Writers: How to Build Your Superhero Team!
Jun05

Nonprofit Writers: How to Build Your Superhero Team!

Laurel Dykema of Mission India (and guest blogger extraordinaire) is back with a new post on how to round up folks from all parts of your office to create a communications team that will help you think of new ideas, proof that email, or create a graphic. ~Kivi Guest Post by Laurel Dykema of Mission India Hey, nonprofit writers! Ever wish you had a team of “writing superheroes”—people who swooped in with new ideas, encouragement, and...

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3 Steps to Move a First-Time Giver into a Major Donor
May20

3 Steps to Move a First-Time Giver into a Major Donor

Don’t complain about donor attrition – do something about it! Rachel Muir, VP of Training at Pursuant, shows you how it can be done in today’s post. For more with Rachel and how to build a better donor base, join us for How to Build a Strong Major Gifts Portfolio next Tuesday, May 27th (A recording will be available afterwards if you can’t make it live). ~Kivi Guest Post by Rachel Muir, VP of Training at...

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Help! My Boss is a Visionary and Makes My Job Impossible
May07

Help! My Boss is a Visionary and Makes My Job Impossible

I’ve talked to more than a few communications directors who are stymied in their work by their “visionary” bosses. These communications directors are often in awe of the visionary’s big ideas, creativity, and insights. They really do admire them, and often wish they themselves could be so bold. But that’s where the love stops, and the day-to-day frustration begins. Working for a visionary director can...

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Dealing with the Meeting After the Meeting
May01

Dealing with the Meeting After the Meeting

Looks familiar, doesn’t it? I think we in communications and marketing are even more prone to both having the “meeting after the meeting” ourselves, and being a victim of it, because so much of our work is creative and therefore up to subjective debate about what’s good and right. And we tinker a lot, so there’s always another draft . . . In the nonprofit world, we also tend to lean toward consensus...

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