How to Use Trello for Your Editorial Calendar [Video]

Here’s our third video in this week’s series on editorial calendars for nonprofits. See the earlier videos on using Excel and Google Calendars for editorial calendars and using Asana. If you prefer a project management tool that’s more visually oriented, you may like Trello. Let’s take a look at some ways you could use Trello for an…

How to Use Asana for Your Editorial Calendar [Video]

Here’s our second video in this week’s series on editorial calendars for nonprofits. Check out yesterday’s video on using Excel and Google Calendars for editorial calendars. When simple spreadsheets and calendars aren’t enough, it’s time to upgrade to a project management tool. Let’s take a look at using Asana for an editorial calendar.   (Here’s…

Calendar Confusion: Year-End Communications on a Summer Fiscal Year

  How do you handle calendar year-end (November-December) communications when your nonprofit’s fiscal year actually ends June 30? That question came up today during our Sharing Your Progress Accelerator program. Here’s the conundrum: If you try to talk about your accomplishments from the last 12 months in December, you are technically in the middle of your…

Getting Our Big Picture Organized for 2016

Kristina and I spent most of Saturday working on our Big Picture Communications Timeline for 2016. This is the exercise that I highly recommend you do BEFORE you attempt work on an editorial calendar. And if you are an office supply nerd, like we are, it’s a great excuse to go shopping! So many beautiful…

The Editorial Calendar Decision Chart

On Wednesday, we are releasing a new 45-page e-book and webinar on How to Tame Your Wild and Unwieldy Editorial Calendar.  The e-book includes ten different templates or schedules to use as a starting point for building out your calendar, along with lots of additional tips and advice.  The schedule will help you figure out…

Three Drivers for Nonprofit Editorial Calendars

We’ve talked to lots of nonprofits about how their editorial calendars develop over time, and we’ve identified three major drivers behind them. These drivers are not actual people, but rather how your nonprofit approaches its mission and, in turn, how that affects your communications.  If it helps, you can think of these concepts as cartoon…

Editorial Calendar Basics [New Video]

Today I’m sharing the third video in our new series from the Communications Coaching Program for Executive Directors (we call it the CoCoa Club for short.) An editorial calendar is a great tool, but don’t over-complicate it! In this video, we cover the basics with grid and calendar formats.   (Can’t see the video player?…

Agendas for Weekly, Monthly and Quarterly Editorial Meetings

In working with several clients over the last few years, I’ve started to see a pattern develop about what should be covered in nonprofit editorial meetings, and who should be in what meeting. Of course, every organization puts their own personal spin on it, and exactly who is in what meeting varies based on the size…