Read my guest post from the Communications Network blog. Here’s an excerpt: Just as wearing animal prints is not right for everyone (and certainly not for me!), not every industry trend fits every organization. Big Data is certainly out there, but foundations would be prudent to think about how to “make it their own” before… Continue reading Philanthropy Fashions: What’s here to stay, and what’s just a trend?
My first blog post for blog.grantcraft.org.Hello, World.
Dove conducted an experiment about how women perceive their own beauty. Very interesting to watch. [Update 4/18/2013: I have heard as much negative about this ad as positive over the last several days. Posting was not an endorsement but rather a spark of conversation. My personal opinion: On one level, this is fascinating to see… Continue reading
It’s hard to believe cellular phones have been around for 40 years. They’ve really changed the way we keep in touch, do business, and communicate on whole. I wonder where the next 40 years will take our talking devices…
You’re calling a general line and don’t know who will pick up. Here’s a list of my top 7 telephone tips resulting in better communication and customer service: Identify yourself. Who are you and what is your affiliation? It’s very hard to field an inquiry without someone knowing who you are. Most people forget this.… Continue reading Top 7 telephone tips for calling a company’s main line
Social media has chipped away at the foundation of traditional donor-engagement models. A new study highlights the realities of donor behavior and how organizations can redesign their outreach strategies to be more effective. Fantastic article. Nonprofits and those involved with fundraising, please take the time to read and reflect on how you can reshape strategies… Continue reading The Permanent Disruption of Social Media
I’m endlessly fascinated by people who communicate in new or different ways. Josh Gondelman, a writer and comedian based in NYC, decided earlier this year to send a postcard to anyone who wanted one because he loves letter-writing. My friend Barry told me about it, and of course I eat these things up. I signed… Continue reading Interview: Josh Gondelman, Postcard Sender Extraordinaire
A little over a year ago, I introduced the idea of an accountability partnership and was so fortunate that Sam Hansen wanted to try. We’ve now been at it a year, and I have so appreciated our daily goal-setting emails and occasional chats. The partnership has kept me more accountable to making and achieving goals, because we… Continue reading SUCCESS: One Year in Accountability Partnership
Looking for your next career move but have no idea what it should be? Curious to expand your horizons with no commitment? I am a huge fan of informational interviews, because you can get no-pressure insight from people with experience. This blog post is a really great guide to a successful informational interview. Who should… Continue reading Informational Interview 101
I’ve dabbled in improv comedy classes and fun for several years now, and I have often characterized it as professional development (on top of being super enjoyable, of course!). It reminds you of the importance of listening, supporting your team, giving gifts, thinking on your feet, and being “in the moment”. Montefiore Medical Center in… Continue reading Improv, Meet Pathology. Pathology, Improv.