The 23 CALMing Actions to Go from BUSY to CALM

CALM not BUSY is the framework we created to help you understand how to manage your nonprofit’s communications work for maximum effectiveness. You should work on being more Collaborative, Agile, Logical, and Methodical (CALM) and less Bogus, Unrealistic, Sidestepping, and Yoked (BUSY). I just finished teaching the CALM not BUSY approach via a three-hour workshop…

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Some Questions to Ask Yourself When Your Workload is Too Overwhelming

Through the Nonprofit Communications Director Mentoring Program, I talk to a lot of communications directors who feel overwhelmed. I thought it might be helpful to you for me to share some of the questions I ask when I am coaching them. The first question I usually ask is how empowered they feel to make choices…

Curious about Using Slack? Check Out These Resources

In the never-ending quest to quell email’s domination of our work lives, many people are turning to instant messaging platforms. For small organizations, texting, Facebook Messenger, and Google Hangouts can work just fine. But when you get more people in the mix talking about a variety of topics that not everyone cares about, you need…

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…