How Not to Talk About Race and Poverty

How Not to Talk About Race and Poverty

I generally use this space to share my own lessons learned on how to do communications for good. But this article by Trabian Shorters is important for all of us to read. The reality is that many of us (including me) have made this mistake while trying to do the right...
Why Your Organization Needs a Communications Strategy

Why Your Organization Needs a Communications Strategy

Given all the pressures on nonprofit CEOs, it’s no surprise that strategic communications frequently gets shunted to the bottom of the to-do list. Sure, many nonprofits invest heavily in communications; they promote workshops, programs and fundraisers and crowd...
How To Craft Your Message: Lessons From Capitol Hill

How To Craft Your Message: Lessons From Capitol Hill

We can all learn some lessons on how to craft your message from Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez. Known by her initials AOC– just like Notorious BIG (or Notorious RBG) –she’s been writing hard-hitting tweets and making the kind of bold statements that become...
Does your brand shape your stories?

Does your brand shape your stories?

Storytelling has become the nonprofit communications buzzword of 2018, but telling interesting stories isn’t enough to make your organization memorable. If you want to win hearts, minds and checkbooks, you need stories that forge lasting connections between your...
Hanukkah, or How to Tell a Great Story.

Hanukkah, or How to Tell a Great Story.

The start of Hanukkah got me thinking. How do you craft a story that can last thousands of years? The story of Hanukkah did more than endure. It gave birth to a holiday that connects Jews around the world. It led to new traditions that keep Judaism alive. In other...
Five Lessons Communicators Can Learn From Meghan Markle

Five Lessons Communicators Can Learn From Meghan Markle

You would have to be living under a rock to miss the swooning coverage of Meghan Markle, fiancée to Prince Harry.  From the engagement ring—a diamond from Princess Diana—to the lemon elderflower wedding cake baked by a California native—it all has been covered...