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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Nonprofit Communicators, It’s Time to Level Up!
Jan12

Nonprofit Communicators, It’s Time to Level Up!

I recently contributed an article to the Communications Network’s biannual journal, Change Agent, called It’s Time to Level Up! In the article, I challenged foundations and other funders to skip the one-off communications projects and invest in building the expertise of nonprofit communications directors. That’s how we’ll level up the marketing maturity of the sector, in my opinion. We represent a young profession...

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Podcasts for Nonprofit Communications Directors
May25

Podcasts for Nonprofit Communications Directors

Is podcasting making a big comeback? It seems like every year, I read an article saying Yes. Despite all the interest in more visual content, there’s something very compelling about rich audio content that doesn’t require you to stare directly at it or to hold it in your hands. Pop in some earbuds or use a Bluetooth speaker and multi-task away. As an Android user, I’m also excited about new apps that make...

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Unhappy at Your Communications Job? Slip This to Your ED
Mar29

Unhappy at Your Communications Job? Slip This to Your ED

Last week, the Chronicle of Philanthropy published an op-ed I wrote called Why Your Communications Directors is Unhappy and What to Do About It  (Subscription required, unfortunately.)  In the piece, I talk about the frustrations communications directors share with us every day via our training and mentoring programs, as well as data from the 2016 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report on job satisfaction among nonprofit...

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