5 Steps to Become a Better Networker


This post was originally published on Third Sector Today and is being posted here with permission. You curled your hair and put on your patent leather shoes. You even put on lipstick without your mom’s permission. You are ready for your first junior high dance. Will you ask Bobby to slow dance or stand near the wall with friends? Will you go near the chip bowl, or do you not want to run into Mr. Smead, the algebra teacher/chaperone? This dance was supposed to be fun, but it is turning into one awkward night.   Do you notice any similarities to [...]

5 Steps to Become a Better Networker2019-09-23T15:03:45-04:00

6 People at Networking Events You Don’t Want to Be


Networking has been an industry term for quite some time now. And there isn’t a professional organization in existence that hasn’t hosted a networking event for its members. In a world as connected as ours, networking should be one of the easiest ways to get ahead in your career.   But believe me, there are plenty people who totally blow it at networking events. Here are a few I’ve witnessed firsthand:   The business card collector. Look, we all know you’re just trying to get people’s email addresses so you can spam them with your marketing emails next week. Do you [...]

6 People at Networking Events You Don’t Want to Be2019-09-03T10:03:37-04:00

What to do When You Have No Time For Your Blog


When you’re stretched thin already, it’s tough to make yourself focus on things that don’t give you immediate return on investment. But as a blogger and content strategist myself, it frightens me to hear about and see organizations who let their blogs fall to the wayside. Your blog serves as a reflection of your company. It’s a venue that gives you free reign to post content that is relevant to your specific audience. It helps you serve as an expert in your particular area and it also gives you original content to share to your social media accounts. Blogs don’t have [...]

What to do When You Have No Time For Your Blog2019-05-30T08:14:27-04:00

Why You Absolutely Need to Take That Vacation


I just returned from an incredible trip to America’s largest state (Alaska). For the first time since spring break my senior year of college, I took a full week off of work and did something that had nothing to do with work. I’m not saying you need to go anywhere exotic, but taking time away from your office is essential to your physical, emotional, and professional health. Here are some real reasons why you should make sure you don’t have any days to carry over next year: Your team needs you to take a break. In stressful or high-demand work environments, [...]

Why You Absolutely Need to Take That Vacation2019-03-17T12:03:57-04:00

And We’re Back (By Popular Demand)


Due to a series of life changes (new job, baby, grad school) I, as the lead blogger here at TopNonprofits, decided to put things on hold and lay low for a few months. Despite generating only a trickle of content during the 6 months since making that decision, our traffic has grown nearly 500%, (around 7000 unique visitors/mo to over 35,000). The number grateful emails and inquires as to when new content and list updates were going to be coming out also increased sharply. Despite my busy schedule, I am finally convinced it is time to start things back up. With [...]

And We’re Back (By Popular Demand)2018-07-22T00:46:49-04:00

5 Tips for More Productive Meetings


We’ve all sat in those meetings. You know, the ones that take place at the last minute and go on for hours without an end in sight, and without food in sight. However, we still need meetings. Right?   RIGHT?   Forbes notes that even before you hit the send button calling for a meeting and putting a damper on staff members’ day, you must establish why you need a meeting. A good rule of thumb is if what you have to say can be stated in an email, then ditch the meeting. Otherwise, consider the precise purpose of the meeting [...]

5 Tips for More Productive Meetings2017-12-22T22:06:15-05:00

8 Ways to be More Productive


  It’s easy to get distracted at work. With everyone multitasking, we need the advantage of staying focused on the original assignment. In 23 Best Productivity Hacks of the Year, Larry Kim and Inc. review the best ways to stay focused at work. We like these 8 ways to stay productive at work: No Mobile Alerts You can’t stay focused on an assignment with your phone going off. Just turn notifications off and check your email and social media when you have completed the work. Stay Healthy Good health supports productivity. If you enjoy exercising, exercise in the morning. Drink more water [...]

8 Ways to be More Productive2017-10-22T04:54:20-04:00

10 Tricks to Avoid Burnout in Nonprofit


Sometimes there’s a story we tell collectively. When nonprofit colleagues were asked for their candid suggestions on how to avoid burnout, they got right to the core. Having worked in the trenches in some way with each of these pros reconfirmed for me that there’s nothing like the camaraderie and resourcefulness of those who work in this sector. We can’t do it alone, but we can certainly get through the demands and unexpected challenges of this work with dignity, recognition, and zeal. 10 Tricks to Avoid Burnout   Stay on mission. Remind yourself of the organization’s purpose and keep your eye [...]

10 Tricks to Avoid Burnout in Nonprofit2021-10-21T12:35:55-04:00

Your Reputation: Damaged. Now What?


  My freelance roles give me a whole new perspective to many different companies and industries. And the beauty of being the freelancer is that I technically don’t have to deal with the nuances. But, of course, I still have to be on my best behavior, or else I could drastically damage my reputation and put my career in jeopardy.   I’ll be honest when I say that I’ve left past jobs because I couldn’t mend a damaged reputation. This is something many of my millennial friends have struggled with, as we navigate through a working culture that doesn’t quite like [...]

Your Reputation: Damaged. Now What?2016-08-26T00:36:57-04:00

4 Tips for Professional Advancement in Your Nonprofit


Your organization recently announced an open or new position. After reviewing the requirements, you believe you are an excellent fit for this position. How do you boost your chances of getting this promotion? From preparation to after the interview, several steps can benefit an internal candidate. In Nonprofit Careers: Tips for Moving Up in Your Organization, Bridgespan provides tips on getting that promotion. Check out these four tips on advancing in your nonprofit. I want to look back on my career and be proud of the work, and be proud that I tried everything. -Jon Stewart   Be Prepared. Prepare for [...]

4 Tips for Professional Advancement in Your Nonprofit2016-05-10T15:35:21-04:00
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