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Stop Days: The Secret To Nonprofit Productivity

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The NTEN Book Club, organized by Lauren McKown and Kai Williams, hosted a video chat this week.This month they have been reading The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout and discussing it in the NTEN online community.

Trainer’s Notebook: A Great Training Starts with A Great Icebreaker

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During the summer, I’ve been designing workshops based on The Happy Healthy Nonprofit and Emerging Leaders Playbook. A great training always start with a great opening or icebreaker. Icebreakers are discussion questions or activities used to help participants relax.

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Virtual Meetings: 5 Tips for Nonprofits Working Across Time Zones

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My work as a trainer and facilitator has brought me to many places in the world. Often, the training on-site is the beginning of project which includes facilitating sessions remotely across time zones.

Does Your Nonprofit Suffer from Fire Drill Culture?

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Flickr Photo by Gavin St. Last week, I was honored to do several workshops hosted by the Fund for Santa Barbara on how nonprofits can link a culture of well being to outcomes based on my book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout.

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?

4 Signs You Are A Burned Out Nonprofit Fundraiser

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You’ve smiled through back-to-back-to-back-to-back meetings with donors and your best donor prospect just cancelled on you, and now you’ve got to finish that grant report before you can go home.

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Step-by-Step Guide: Nonprofit Walking Meetings

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Earlier this week, I was honored to do a webinar for Soapbox Engage about self-care and bringing a culture of wellbeing into the nonprofit workplace based on The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout.

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5 Ways Nonprofit Facebook Messenger Bots Can Deliver Impact

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My conversation with the Albert Einstein Bot.

7 Ways to Avoid Fundraising Burnout

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Flickr Photo by Sam Livingston. Note from Beth: This week I’ve been in Finland at the invitation of the US Embassy to do trainings. On August 14th, I’m doing a FREE webinar with Soapbox Engage on how to raise more money and not burnout.

8 Fantastic Facilitation Playbooks for Designing Productive Nonprofit Meetings

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Meetings are a big part of our work week, whether it is a recurring staff, team, or board meeting or informal check-in. Our meetings are face-to-face, virtually, and a combination of the two known as “hybrid” meetings.

The Power of Small Wins: Celebrating Your Nonprofit’s To Dones

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Working as a nonprofit consultant can sometimes feel isolating. That’s why it important to have networking opportunities to connect with professional colleagues face-to-face beyond online groups. I try to make an effort to do this regularly.

Empowering Young Children through Philanthropy

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Note from Beth: One of the things that I enjoyed most about IFCAsia was the networking opportunities to connect with other people in the region who share interests. One of them was Vincent Law who is doing interesting work with teaching young children about giving and philanthropy.

Mastering the Art of Work/Life Balance in a Digital World

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I love connecting with nonprofit technology colleagues who are also promoting work/life balance and how to avoid digital distractions. Meet my colleague, Meico Marquette Whitlock, who is the Founder and CEO of Mindful Techie.

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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.

Trainer’s Notebook: Just A Few Participatory Facilitation Techniques

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Recently, a colleague asked me a wonderful question: How did you learn to become a good facilitator and trainer? Did you read books, take classes, or have a coach?

Nonprofits in the Autonomous World: Will the Bots Take Over?

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Click to Check Out Beth Bot. What is the “autonomous world?” As Jeremiah Owyang , founder of Crowd Companies , describes it as drones, robots, chat bots, and AI. He should know, having tracked and observed the disruption caused by online technology over the past decade.

Nonprofit Workplace Wellness Initiatives: United Way of Central Ohio

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United Way of Ohio – Healthy Eating Event. In the Happy Healthy Nonprofit , we shared many stories about how nonprofits are bringing wellness and wellbeing into the workplace with little or no budget.

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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.

TechNow Conference Keynote Aliza Sherman, Co-Author Happy Healthy Nonprofit

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TechNow is a one-day regional conference that connects nonprofits with the technology resources, information and people it needs to succeed taking place on October 19, 2017.

Book Review: Nonprofit Storytelling in a Digital Age

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My colleague, Julia Campbell, has just published a book, “ Storytelling in the Digital Age: A Guide for Nonprofits ” and was kind enough to share an advanced copy.

6 Insights The Sharing Economy Tells Us About The Future Of Fundraising

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Note from Beth: December is a time when start to reflect on the past year and future online trends for fundraising.

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One Simple Tip To Shift Your Nonprofit’s Workplace Culture from Outrage to Well Being

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We’ve just finished two weeks on the road of book events for my new book, Happy Healthy Nonprofit , co-authored with Aliza Sherman. During many of the Q/A sessions, we heard from many nonprofit professionals who were feeling impact of a perpetual cycle of outrage.

How Your Nonprofit Can Routinize Reflection

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Reflection is a critical step in assessing individual and team performance at your nonprofit. A reflective process, whether it is a structured process for individuals or groups, can give us insights about what worked and what could be improved.

Different Ways Nonprofits Are Using Design Thinking to Solve Problems and Achieve Impact

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Note from Beth: Several years ago, I was got trained in design thinking facilitation methods using Luma and have incorporated these techniques into my consulting and training practice.

Can You Measure the Impact of Capacity Building for Nonprofits?

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Capacity building is about improving organizational (or network) effectiveness. Capacity building includes both money (grants), consultants/technical assistance, peer learning/communities of practice, and collaboration.

How Nonprofit Professionals Can Manage Workplace Stress Triggers

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Flickr Photo by Brittney Bush.

How Much Is Nonprofit Workplace Stress Self-Inflicted?

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Last week I facilitated a workshop on the Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Linking Nonprofit High Performance to Wellbeing in Santa Cruz hosted by the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County. Part of the workshop includes an assessment and reflection about the causes of stress in the nonprofit workplace.

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Paying Attention to Your Nonprofit’s Workplace Culture Pays Off

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Recently, I was invited to participate in a staff “Lunch and Learn,” by Connor Diemand-Yauman , CEO of Philanthropy University , about building a culture of wellbeing in the nonprofit workplace and capacity building.

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.

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.

Strategy as We-Care: An Exercise

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Note from Beth: My colleagues at See3 had some fun using some of the ideas in The Happy Healthy Nonprofit and apply it to creating an organizational digital strategy. This post shares a useful exercise for your digital team to reflect on what not to do for your digital strategy!

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.

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.

What I Learned About Philanthropy, Fundraising, and Social Impact at IFCAsia in Bangkok

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What is the best way to deliver professional development to nonprofit emerging leaders?

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Flickr Photo by Flower Factor. Note: This guest post was published on the Packard Foundation OE Blog reflects what was learned from designing and delivering leadership development for emerging nonprofit leaders.

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.

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.

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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Running Effective Virtual #Nonprofit Meetings: 9 Best Practices for Facilitating Engagement

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