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…

Editorial Calendars Increase Effectiveness – Learn How to Master Yours

You have too much content to create, too many communications channels to manage and too little time for any of it, right? The urgent overtakes the important. Priorities get lost in the chaos. You can’t get everyone on the same page. You are not alone. In fact, this is very common in nonprofits. So what are you going to do…

Editorial Planning When Everything Is Up in the Air

You know that an editorial calendar is a great tool, in theory. But for some organizations — especially those involved in advocacy and disasters — planning out content seems nearly impossible. How can you plan when you are waiting on the unpredictable behaviors of a legislative or judicial body, on breaking news in a particular…

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…