3 Ways to Get Promoted from Coordinator to Director
Feb15

3 Ways to Get Promoted from Coordinator to Director

Through our All-Access Pass training program and our Communications Director Mentoring Program, I meet many nonprofit communicators who are in coordinator or assistant positions and who want very much to be promoted to the manager or director level. We also work with communications directors who are working toward VP or C-Suite (“Chief of”) jobs. While lots of factors go into who gets those jobs, here are three tips that...

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How Nonprofit Comms Staff Are Getting Training
Dec07

How Nonprofit Comms Staff Are Getting Training

We asked a new set of questions about professional development for communications staff in the 2018 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report Survey this year.  We wanted to know the kinds of training people were participating in. No surprise, webinars were the most popular. But I was also happy to see that local, regional, and national conferences ranked well too. Which conference nonprofit communications staff should attend is a...

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Communications Directors Are Great Writers and Lousy Designers?
Nov29

Communications Directors Are Great Writers and Lousy Designers?

In this year’s Nonprofit Communications Trends Survey, we asked participants to rate themselves on some common skills that communications directors need. (The survey closes this Friday, so please take it now if you haven’t already!) According to the preliminary data, nonprofit communications pros overall say they are best at: Creating relevant and engaging messaging Copywriting Leading communications decisionmaking And...

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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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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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