Communications Team Models: What’s Best for Your Nonprofit?

  In brand-new research for the 2017 edition of the Nonprofit Communications Trends Report, we discovered that four types of communications teams are most prevalent in our sector. While those teams are equally distributed, that’s really where the similarities end. Only two of the team models — Integrated and Centralized — performed well on the…

Simple Rules, Part II: How to Get Better #NpComm Work Done Faster

  Yesterday I introduced you to some of the concepts from Donald Sull’s and Kathleen M. Eisenhardt’s Simple Rules: How to Thrive in a Complex World (Amazon). We looked at three kinds of simple rules that provide frameworks for making better decisions: Boundary Rules, Prioritizing Rules and Stopping Rules. Today, let’s look at three more, this time related…

Simple Rules, Part I: How to Make Better and Faster #NpComm Decisions

  In their book, Simple Rules: How to Thrive in a Complex World (Amazon), Donald Sull and Kathleen M. Eisenhardt define simple rules as “shortcut strategies that save time and effort by focusing our attention and simplifying the way we process information.” They help us simplify complex systems and decisions so that we can move more quickly…

How Nonprofit Communicators Spend Their Time (Infographic) #NPCOMM2017

Do you wonder if other nonprofit communicators are spending as much time on certain tasks as you? Check out the results from the 2017 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report and see for yourself. Today we are sharing the third and final infographic from the report (here’s the first on communications team size, budget, and salaries and the second…

Five Ways to Plan for the Unexpected, #NPComm Style

I’m teaching about editorial calendars a lot this month, and here’s one of the key lessons: Stay strategic while also making room for the unexpected. You don’t know what’s going to happen in the future. But you do know that something is going to come up that you’ll have to deal with. So you need…

Building Effective Nonprofit Communications Teams (Infographic) #NPCOMM2017

Much of our 2017 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report is about effectiveness. For communicators, there are lots of different ways to talk about effectiveness — what it looks like, how to measure it, and how to get more of it out of your team. Today we are sharing our second infographic from the report (here’s the…