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A Few More Tips for Nonprofit Professionals To Avoid Getting Overwhelmed

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Flickr Photo by Real Blades, Creative Common License. This year, I was really looking forward to taking a holiday break and not feel stressed about deadlines, tasks, or the never ending parade of meeting requests and emails. I’m overwhelmed getting back into the daily grind, how about you?

How To Focus When You Work in An Open Office Space

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In the Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout , my co-author Aliza Sherman and I share a framework to think more broadly about creating a culture of wellbeing in the workplace.

How To Stop Your Nonprofit’s After Hours Email Habit

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I recently taught several leadership development workshops at the Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership based on my new book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout.

How To Avoid Becoming Addicted To Your Mobile Phone

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I have been reading Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked by Adam Alter, a professor of marketing at NYU. The book is about our behavioral addictions to our smartphones, video games, social media, and email and how to break them.

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One Simple Tip To Increase Your Productivity at Your Nonprofit Job

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Sarah Cooper – 100 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings. I’ve been enjoying The Cooper Review , the satirical blog of Sarah Cooper that features weekly original articles, videos and cartoons on workplace humor.

Trainer’s Notebook: Online Interaction Tools To Engage Your Audience in the Room and Beyond

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This past month I’ve done several workshops where I experimented with different audience online interaction tools to engage people in the room as well as a remote audience tuning in through a live video stream. These were workshops at Cause Camp , Global Giving , and the Hartford Foundation.

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What’s Your Personal Craziness Index? Identify, Take Action, and Avoid Nonprofit Burnout

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In my newest book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout , the first half of the book addresses how nonprofit professionals can assess and become more self-aware about the symptoms of burnout and begin to practice self-care to avoid burnout.

The Key to Great Year-End Fundraising? Your Brand.

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Flickr photo by Mallix. Note from Beth: We are in the “dog days of summer,” that quiet time of year when a lot of people are on vacation and we might catch a glimpse of the Perseid meteor shower lighting up the night skies.

Tech Wellness in the Nonprofit Workplace: Tips for Avoiding Collaborative Overload

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I’m thrilled to be doing a session with Aisha Moore and Gina Schmeling at the NTEN NTC called “ Technology Wellness in the Nonprofit Workplace.” ” If you are attending the NTC, please join us.

Do You Work for A Nonprofit That Promotes A Culture of Wellbeing in the Workplace?

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Gabriela Schneider, Chief Communications Officer at Issue One.

Emerging Leaders Need More than Leadership Development

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Flickr Image – ImageGroup. Note from Beth: Last year I was honored to partner with Kari Dunn Saratovksy from Third Plateau to facilitate an emerging leadership program to a cohort of leaders who were part of the Packard Foundation’s Science and Conservation portfolio of grantees.

New Research and a Welcome Surprise from Foundation CEOs

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New Research and a Welcome Surprise from Foundation CEOs. By Lindsay Austin Louie. How much promise do the following practices hold for increasing foundations’ impact in the coming decades?”

Pokemon Go and Nonprofits

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Pokemon Go , the latest installment in the best-selling Pokémon video game series, launched as a smartphone app using augmented reality. It became an overnight viral sensation and cultural phenomena. Perhaps its appeal is an escape from all the bad things that are happening the world right now.

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What Does Resiliency Really Mean for Nonprofit Leaders and Their Organizations?

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Flickr Photo by J Ronald Lee.

The Value of Taking Mini-Breaks During the Nonprofit Work Day

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Last week, I was in London teaching social media strategy workshops for London NGOs organized by Social Media Misfits and keynoted Institute of Fundraising’s Future of Fundraising Conference.

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How Nonprofit Leaders Create An Authentic Personal Brand on Intsagram

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Instagram, the popular Millennial photo sharing site, is gaining traction with world leaders, government leaders and nonprofit executive directors.

Everyday People Are Heroes: Using Big Data to Engage New Agents of Change Online

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Photo by CogdogBlog. Note from Beth: I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of Data Driven Nonprofits by Steve Maclaughlin (launching Sept. 6th so stay tuned) and so data and nonprofits has been on my brain.

Designing Professional Development for the Distracted Learner

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Bersin by Deloitte’s infographic “Meet the Modern Learner”. Bersin by Deloitte’s infographic “ Meet the Modern Learner ” is an excellent summary of the challenges facing trainers who need to design and deliver professional development for nonprofit professionals.

New Guide: How To Engage Your Supporters with Social Listening

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Note from Beth: In the decade or so that I’ve been doing social media, I’ve always been an advocate of the “Listen, Learn, Adapt” approach to doing social and a decade later, it is still very important for success.

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Taking a Break from Work: It Is Called A Vacation!

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That’s me on a Kayak on Monterrey Bay on the Coast of California getting eye level with some otters and harbor seals during my recent summer vacation.

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Nonprofit Organizational Culture Eats Big Data for Lunch

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Note from Beth: I was thrilled to be interviewed by Steve along with many other nonprofit data nerds, for his new book, Data Driven Nonprofits. He was kind enough to send me an advanced copy and it is definitely a must read. So, check out this post and be sure to order a copy today! .

The One Simple Thing That Nonprofit Leaders Do To Keep Inspired and Avoid Burnout

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Mike Brune, Sierra Club Executive Director. Yesterday, I honored to fill in as MC and interviewer for Darian Rodriguez Heyman at the Nonprofit Fundraising Masters event. (Darian was welcoming his first child, a boy, into the world!).

3 New Year’s Rituals for Nonprofits That Can Boost Professional Success

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I would like to wish all my readers, colleagues, and friends a happy new year! I had a fantastic break, including a family vacation in Hawaii, walking, hiking, quiet, and reflection. How about you?

How To Incorporate More Movement Into Your Nonprofit Training

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Photo: Americans for the Arts. Designing and facilitating training (not matter the topic) is one of my passions and why I blog about it on a regular basis. I also love sharing techniques and tips with other trainers and often do “train the trainers” sessions as part of my practice.

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Why Can’t the Nonprofit and Philanthropic Sector Scale Generosity? #givedaylessons

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What Happened on Give Local America Day? For the past few years, I’ve been facilitating a peer learning group with a small cohort of grantees , all community foundations, hosting Giving Days in their communities using the Giving Day Playbook.

Why I Love @Canva for Nonprofits and Why You Should Too

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I am in Cambodia as part of Tech2Empower , an initiative of Wake. I traveled with a team of Advisers to conduct an interactive “Tech2Empower” workshop for leaders of anti-trafficking and women’s rights NGOs.

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How To Facilitate Leadership Development In Your Nonprofit As Part of Doing the Work

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Register now! One of the biggest challenges that many nonprofits face is the finding time and resources for professional development activities. People are so busy doing the work that they don’t have time to go off-site to take a class or sign up for an online course.

7 Tips to Make You A Stronger Facilitator

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Note from Beth: As a trainer and someone who teachers other trainers, I’ve been obsessed with improving my facilitation skills and written a lot about it on this blog. I’m always up for a conversation with other facilitators about shop talk and getting tips for improving my practice.

Why Self-Interested Volunteers are the Best for Nonprofits

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Note from Beth: The Mobilization Lab at Greenpeace recently commissioned and released this report, Beyond the First Click: How Today’s Volunteers Build the Power of Movements and NGOS.

Resource: The Social Media Toolkit for Nonprofits

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The Skills Platform and Zoe Amar have created the Social Media Toolkit to aid professionals within the charity and third sectors. I’m thrilled to have contributed a chapter. There are many guides to digital and social media. From Dummies guides to video tutorials, it’s all out there.

Trainer’s Notebook: Tips for Good Openings

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I’ve just returned from a two-week trip to Guatemala hosted by Wake.

Nonprofits and Instagram: The Ultimate Curated Collection of Best Practices, Examples, and Tips

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Earlier this month, when Instagram announced its user community had grown to more than 400 million, it reminded me that I needed to update my curated collection of Instagram for Nonprofit resources.

Why the Nonprofit Work Ethic Is Outdated and Needs to Change

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P re-Order my next book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout. The book is being published by Wiley on October 10th. I’ve just returned from week-long leadership development program in Israel called “ Reality Storytellers ” hosted by the Schusterman Foundation.

How the Nonprofit Sector Can Share What We Learn and Why We Should

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Note from Beth: I’ve been a big believer in shared knowledge and learning for the sector. IssueLab has been working for ten years to apply the age-old knowledge management question, “what if I knew what others know?” to the hard-earned lessons of nonprofits and foundations.

How To Squeeze Social Media Into Your Day When It Isn’t A Full-Time Job

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Photo by BirgerKing.

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A Few Really Useful and FREE Social Media Tips Sheets and Resources

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Most of my work is as a trainer where I’m teaching workshops on leadership skills for emerging leaders, self-care, social media strategy, train the trainers, and networks/data.

Facebook Launches Donate Now Button for Nonprofits: Field of Dreams?

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Yesterday, after a planning call with colleagues for a session I’m moderating at IFC called “ Viral Fundraising Campaigns One Year On ,” I noticed a promoted post in my stream for the ALS Icebucket Challenge with a donate button. Wow, two juicy news events in one post!

Fundraising Should Not Be a One-Night Stand

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Guest Post by Jonah Halper, author of Date Your Donors. I was a development/fundraising professional for more than a decade.

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Book Review: Joan Garry’s Guide to Nonprofit Leadership

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I’m a huge fan of Joan Garry’s blog and podcast. I consider the “Dear Abby” of the nonprofit world, dispensing practical and brilliant advice to nonprofits with her wonderful sense of humor.

5 Self-Care Hacks that Nonprofit Professionals Can Use in a Crisis

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Flickr Photo by Evil Erin. Note from Beth: This week and next week, Aliza Sherman and I will be visiting a few cities on the West and East Coasts, as part of our Happy Healthy Nonprofit book tour.

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