How Boundaries Can Motivate You
Jun24

How Boundaries Can Motivate You

When something is overwhelming, like, let’s say, your job as a nonprofit communicator, it’s very hard to feel like you are getting anything done or making any progress at all, no matter how dedicated you are. We get overwhelmed, and motivation dissolves, in many aspects of our lives. For example, this summer, my husband has been pleasantly surprised by just how much work I am doing in the garden. I’ve always liked...

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Communications Mentoring Program – Fundraisers Welcome!
Jun11

Communications Mentoring Program – Fundraisers Welcome!

Session #8 of our Communications Director Mentoring Program starts July 1, and we are already half-way full. For the first time, we are offering two tracks, one with a “Fundraising Emphasis” and the other with a “Community Engagement” Emphasis, with a cap of 10 people per track. The Fundraising Emphasis track will be customized to focus specifically on donor communications. So, if you are a development director...

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Changes to Our Communications Director Mentoring Program
May04

Changes to Our Communications Director Mentoring Program

We are now accepting registrations for Session #8 of the Mentoring Program for Nonprofit Communications Directors. I know many of you have been working towards participation in the program, so I want to point out a few changes we are making this time.   You Pick: ¬†Fundraising Emphasis or Community Engagement Emphasis? Over the past seven sessions of this program, and seeing about 70 people go through it, we’ve found that...

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Let’s Do #NPCommLunch: Get Away from Your Desk!
Mar20

Let’s Do #NPCommLunch: Get Away from Your Desk!

After her work-life balance session at NTC, Kivi has been talking a lot recently about Cutting the Workaholic Martyr Crap and how you need to stop wearing unused vacation days as a badge of honor. As Kivi says, “Your brain needs a break in order to think strategically and to solve problems creatively. ¬†If you think about it, time off is actually time on — it’s time for your brain to recover from your to-do list chaos...

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Cutting the Workaholic Martyr Crap Starts with You
Mar10

Cutting the Workaholic Martyr Crap Starts with You

Do you struggle to find time in your workday to actually sit and think? To plan for what are strategically the best new moves for your organization? Is it a badge of honor to NOT use vacation days, or to work late into the night, every night? To respond to emails as soon as they arrive in your inbox, at all times of day and night? I’ve been hearing stories like these for a long time in the nonprofit world, but as I mentioned...

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Work-Life Balance at #15NTC
Mar04

Work-Life Balance at #15NTC

Greetings from Texas, Y’all! Kristina and I are currently in Austin, TX at this year’s Nonprofit Technology Conference. This morning, Stephanie Bowen, Leili Khalessi, Kerala Taylor and I led a session called Paradox but Possible: Hardcore on Work AND Life. After the session, we heard this statement from about 20 people who were NOT in it: “Oh, I wanted to go to that session, but I decided that would have been more...

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