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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What’s Your Personal Productivity Style? [FREE WEBINAR]
Jan19

What’s Your Personal Productivity Style? [FREE WEBINAR]

One of my favorite books from last year? Work Simply: Embracing the Power of Your Personal Productivity Style by Carson Tate. I am so excited about this book because it makes so much sense. Whether or not any particular productivity tip will work for you or not depends on your personal productivity style. If you’ve been frustrated (as I have!) by productivity advice that feels so wrong and frankly ridiculous, well, you...

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The Perfect Employer for a Nonprofit Communications Director
Jan11

The Perfect Employer for a Nonprofit Communications Director

Is there such a thing as the perfect job? Maybe, maybe not. We hear about some good situations and some bad ones in our Day in the Life series. We also learned a few things in our 2016 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report too. Does size matter? Communications directors at nonprofits with budgets of $5-10 million are most likely to say they feel very capable in their jobs, that they are passionate about the work, and that they plan...

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