My Professional Development Plan: Get Lost on Purpose

  In a field that is constantly changing and evolving, like nonprofit communications and marketing, it can be hard to create a professional development plan. Sure, there are bedrock concepts and skills that don’t change much, like the importance of target audiences and clear calls to action and evergreen skills like good copywriting and storytelling. …

3 Ways to Get Promoted from Coordinator to Director

Through our All-Access Pass training program and our Communications Director Mentoring Program, I meet many nonprofit communicators who are in coordinator or assistant positions and who want very much to be promoted to the manager or director level. We also work with communications directors who are working toward VP or C-Suite (“Chief of”) jobs. While…

Hot Topics in February: Facebook, Inclusive Messaging, Editorial Calendars and More

Here’s what’s happening at Nonprofit Marketing Guide this month: Online Training: Feb 6 and 8: Everything You Need to Know About Editorial Calendars in 2018 Learn how to create an editorial calendar and use it strategically in order to create more effective communications. Registration is $99 for Part 1 Only, $199 for Parts 1 and…

Everything You Need to Know About Editorial Calendars in 2018

Are you sick of us talking about editorial calendars yet? Well, I hope not because editorial planning is a BIG key to effective nonprofit communications: Nonprofits with effective communications are three times as likely to use an editorial calendar as those who say their communications are ineffective (2018 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report). Kivi ran down some…

Mark This Off Your To-Do List Before You Leave for the Holidays

2018 is shaping up to be a challenging year for nonprofits. But we’re facing it head on with some great new webinars on tap for next year including a series on inclusive messaging and more advanced strategy-based presentations that help you better make decisions on the fly. (New to nonprofit communications? We got you covered…

How Nonprofit Comms Staff Are Getting Training

We asked a new set of questions about professional development for communications staff in the 2018 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report Survey this year.  We wanted to know the kinds of training people were participating in. No surprise, webinars were the most popular. But I was also happy to see that local, regional, and national conferences ranked…

Communications Directors Are Great Writers and Lousy Designers?

In this year’s Nonprofit Communications Trends Survey, we asked participants to rate themselves on some common skills that communications directors need. (The survey closes this Friday, so please take it now if you haven’t already!) According to the preliminary data, nonprofit communications pros overall say they are best at: Creating relevant and engaging messaging Copywriting…

Your Nonprofit Annual Report – Shorter and Faster

Did you see yesterday’s post showing that most nonprofit communicators think their workload is too heavy? Not a surprise, right? We’ve been hearing that for a while now, which is why we started developing short, intensive courses with step-by-step coaching. We call these courses Nonprofit Marketing Accelerators. And our next Accelerator will help you knock…

Streamlining Your Nonprofit’s Communications Workflow

Tired of the chaos and always feeling behind? It’s time to streamline your communications workflow! Find out how to take charge of your work life using the methods Kivi will share in her next two-part webinar series: Streamlining Your Nonprofit’s Communications Workflow Presented by Kivi Leroux Miller November 7th and 9th, 2017 Both webinars start…

Creative Strategies to Get the Media to Cover Your Next Event

Do you expect the media to attend your fundraisers or other events? And once you get them there, do you know how to control the story they tell? Find out what the media really needs before, during, and after your event with journalist and nonprofit consultant, Antionette Kerr, during her next webinar: Creative Strategies to…

STARTS TODAY – Measuring the Effectiveness of Your Communications Work

Measuring the effectiveness of your nonprofit communications work is hard. But you can figure it out! We’ll show you how. Join us tomorrow for a BRAND NEW webinar series: Measuring the Effectiveness of Your Communications Work Presented by Kivi Leroux Miller October 17th and 19th 1:00 p.m. ET (10:00 a.m. PT) Registration for Part 1 is $99…