Inclusive Conversations: Moving Beyond the “Crunch”

Communications directors are in the perfect place to lead inclusive conversations–but let’s be honest–it’s not always easy. My colleague, Kim Pevia, is an expert in this field and she often calls inclusive conversations “crunchy.” I’ve dubbed it “challenging” or “messy,” but the image of the “crunch” resonated. “You know the moment when it happens,  you feel…

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…

Your Invitation into the Circle of Trust

On today’s #NPCOMM Chat Live, Antionette Kerr and I talked about creating a Judgement-Free Zone or Circle of Trust around cultural competency for nonprofit communications directors, or as we are calling it Inclusive Conversations. First of all, we need a better name for this concept that doesn’t conjure up fitness center commercials or Robert DeNiro…

Inclusive Conversations: Don’t Call Them That!

I had been asking around, researching, and interviewing nonprofit friends about inclusive language for the upcoming webinar Don’t Call Them That: Language that Divides, well before the most recent national controversy. Now it seems as though the international conversation (albeit embarrassing) has forced us to talk to each other about things said behind closed doors…

Inclusive Conversations: Make a Statement of Inclusion for 2018

Antionette Kerr is back with us today for another post in the series we are calling “Inclusive Conversations.” It’s all about cultural competency and how communications staff can not only be more inclusive and therefore effective in their communications work products, but also lead these conversations within their own nonprofits.  Stay tuned for much more…

5 Strategies to Guard Your To-Do List from What Doesn’t Belong

Today I presented the first in a two-part webinar series on streamlining your communications workflow. We focused on five strategies for managing what happens to ideas, suggestions, and other potential assignments BEFORE they make it on to your to-do list. After talking about each strategy, I polled participants about how easy they thought it would…

How @GlennEMartin of JustLeadershipUSA Tweets Like a Boss

For my September NPMG Tweet Like a Boss webinar, I connected with Glenn E. Martin, President and Founder of JustLeadershipUSA, about how he personally uses Twitter to advance his organization’s mission. JustLeadershipUSA is dedicated to cutting the U.S. correctional population in half by 2030, and its leader Glenn speaks from personal experience. He spent six years incarcerated in a…

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…

Should Nonprofits Use Video for Internal Communications?

Distributing information to your entire organization can be difficult, especially in a time of transition. Damien Johnson was a member of our Communications Director Mentoring Program and shared this great idea on using video for internal communications. ~Kristina Guest Post by Damien Johnson Touchstone Health Services is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides behavioral health therapy from…