Decisions, Decisions, Decisions. How Do You Make #NPCOMM Decisions at Your Nonprofit?
May22

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions. How Do You Make #NPCOMM Decisions at Your Nonprofit?

  Nonprofit communications directors have LOTS of decisions to make. Some are small, like word choice in a tweet, and some are big and complicated, like prioritizing communications strategies to best support the growth of your nonprofit. And, of course, there’s a lot in between. In my new book, CALM not BUSY (Amazon), I included several chapters that address decision making and how to overhaul it at your nonprofit if...

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5 Ways to Help Get Your Executive Director Excited About Marketing
Feb27

5 Ways to Help Get Your Executive Director Excited About Marketing

Not getting buy-in from your boss is one of the biggest complaints we hear from nonprofit communicators. Today, former executive director, Angela Crist will give you some tips on how to get them to come around. ~Kristina Guest Post by Angela Crist As a nonprofit communications professional, you’ve got so many ideas. You love the mission you serve and your workload can’t handle the opportunities you see to spread your organization’s...

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Want Staff Help with Communications? Start with Photography
Aug15

Want Staff Help with Communications? Start with Photography

Before social media, nonprofit communicators needed mostly text, and convincing non-communications staff to devote time and energy into writing was (and still is) a challenge. Now, communicators need visuals as much as they need text. With the proliferation of smartphones with good cameras, it’s easier than ever for everyone on staff, regardless of writing talents or interests, to contribute to your nonprofit’s communications...

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Comms Department Like a Drive-Thru Window or Reservations Required?
Jul05

Comms Department Like a Drive-Thru Window or Reservations Required?

As I shared earlier in the year, we did some research on nonprofit communications teams structures as part of our annual Trends Report. I’m also looking at how comms teams are treated within the different organizational cultures of nonprofits. I’ve found a restaurant analogy to be helpful when talking about the some of the key differences. The Comms Team as Drive-Thru Window Some comms teams, especially those structured as...

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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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5 Ways to Make Progress Daily and Keep Your #NPCOMM Work on Track
Jun07

5 Ways to Make Progress Daily and Keep Your #NPCOMM Work on Track

Making a little progress every day is really important to staying motivated and happy in your work. But when you feel like you are getting pulled in a hundred different directions, as many nonprofit communicators are, that can be tough. Experts recommend that you develop “progress rituals.” Here are 5 I like. Let us know which ones work best for you!  Pick Just One Thing a Day Your to-do list is way too long, right? I used...

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