Tag Archives: communication

Effective Messages Must be Designed for Specific Audiences

“We just need to raise awareness.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard this while working on a project. And I’m guilty of saying it too. If we can figure out how to make people care, then that … Continue reading

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Sometimes We Forget the Basics

In working with entities that are trying to develop a long-term growth plan, I often ask what story they want to tell in 5 years (or 30, depending on the type of project). Sometimes I ask them to write the … Continue reading

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It IS Personal – Even to Consultants

About a year ago, I was working with a client that was undergoing some significant internal changes. I had been working with the client for quite some time and we had made really fantastic progress in our work together. However, … Continue reading

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Why Didn’t You Call Me?

No, that is not a question I asked after a recent bad date. That was the question posed to me after a former colleague introduced me to Rob, who had just moved to Denver and was looking to make connections. … Continue reading

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There is No Right Answer

I’ve been closely following The Center for Effective Philanthropy’s series on large, staffed foundations versus “lean foundations” that are seemingly able to avoid the problems of messy bureaucracy. The series has focused on dollars out the door relative to staff … Continue reading

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Funders and Nonprofits: Let’s Figure Out How to Talk With One Another

I remember the first time I asked a funder for money. I was new to the nonprofit sector and doing direct service. In my “free time,” I was working with a couple of other community leaders to launch a new … Continue reading

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