Building A Communications Team: Writers First

Building A Communications Team: Writers First

The worst shop I was ever involved with was never able to produce clear communications because it was never clear about what direction it was going in and what role its communications team was supposed to play. People were shifted around and out so much that any hope...
DevComm V MarCom: Promenading Into A New Year

DevComm V MarCom: Promenading Into A New Year

Let’s start 2017 with one good New Year’s resolution: let’s be friends! I’m not suggesting some kind of universal world peace—that would be nice, but I just can’t go there right now. But let’s look across the aisle a little more locally: inside our own organizations....
OMG What Happened? The World Just Changed

OMG What Happened? The World Just Changed

I got knocked off my rocker by this election cycle. Gobsmacked. The wind was kicked out of me so much so that I wondered whether my world would come crashing to a halt in that very moment. So far… it has not. I’m not going to talk politics in this post or on my blog....
Who Are You Talking To?

Who Are You Talking To?

If you tend to chatter to yourself, don’t be surprised if someone asks you this question. Or, if you’re in public, you’re likely to encounter some funny looks. Why? Because wandering along talking to yourself may be a sign that you’re a little cuckoo. Harmless...
Talk To Your Gut Talk To Your Gut

Talk To Your Gut Talk To Your Gut

Every time I have made a bad decision—particularly in a work setting—I have always had a gut feeling that—just maybe—I might be making a bad decision. When that nagging feeling in my stomach turned out to be right, I always wished I had paid more attention to it....
Help! Is This The Right Message To Your Donors?

Help! Is This The Right Message To Your Donors?

I’ve been thinking about the concept of help a lot lately. Both about needing help and asking for help. And it’s making me wonder if asking our donors to “help” our organizations is sending the right message. Help! I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.  One beautiful,...
How To Hire The Best Creative Agency In 5 Steps

How To Hire The Best Creative Agency In 5 Steps

Throughout my career as a nonprofit communications specialist and leader, I have hired and worked with an array of creative types: photographers, graphic designers, writers, strategic branding agencies, and web developers. So, I’ve learned a thing or two about how to...
What’s in a Name?

What’s in a Name?

Do you know the name(s) of the leader(s) of your organization? Do you know their title(s)? Really, do you? You’re probably rolling your eyes right now and thinking what a stupid question. You probably wouldn’t have a job if you didn’t, right? But...