I’m taking one of my rare out-of-office continual learning breaks at the end of the month, when I’m flying down to Miami for the Communications Network Annual Conference which begins on Halloween eve. I’m hoping my daughter (aka Spiderman) will forgive me.
The Network, an association of communications experts working for and with foundations, has designed a well-rounded agenda, covering topics from communicating via ethnic media and reaching under 30s to foundation-specific issues such as how to brand a foundation to ensure its funding has the greatest impact (without alienating its hard-working grantees in the field). Even better, conference planners have scheduled lots of peer networking time–some formatted, some not–which I always treasure. After all, I don’t get to see these folks in person more than once a year at most.
What I’ve found at previous Network conferences is that the discussion, whether it be on topics directly related to nonprofits (grantees in these folks eyes) or on the funders, always has significant implications for nonprofits. I promise to report out on insights and recommendations that’ll shore up your communications agenda.
On a side note, I wish there were more opportunities for in-person learning; the investment always pays off. But there’s not much out there for us nonprofit communicators. What conferences are part of your continual learning agenda? Please let me know.
P.S. Here’s a list of continual learning strategies suggested by fellow nonprofit communicators.
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