Professional Development

Flickr: Alan EnglishThe adventure in question is my first-time sabbatical which runs through early September.

I’m taking this time to reboot, and to see what bubbles up. And I hope to return with a practice for personal nourishment firmly in place, and the confidence and ability to mesh that more effectively with my job. That’s the work behind the work I want to do better.

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Nancy Schwartz on June 25, 2014 in Professional Development | 4 comments
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Use summer to rejeuvenate I’m seeking your ideas this time round!

Please tell me (in the comments below) what your summer camp looks like—i.e. how are you planning to use summer to get inspired, energized and even smarter? And how will you integrate that experience and the results into your work approach and/or activities in the fall.

Pls share your ideas and hopes here. I’ll report out via a guest post for Network for Good.

BTW, here’s my plan.

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Nancy Schwartz on June 10, 2014 in Professional Development | 0 comments
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carolGuest blogger, Caroline Avakian is the founder & CEO of SourceRise, a social enterprise connecting journalists to nonprofit subject matter experts and sources, and managing partner of  Socialbrite, a social media for nonprofits consultancy and digital learning hub.

Conference season is ongoing these days. So I was particularly pleased when, at the recent, Harvard Social Enterprise Conference, keynote speaker and Echoing Green president, Cheryl Dorsey, shared some valuable hints to us attendees on conference participation best practices.

Here are the helpful tips I learned—all easy to manage but packing a big punch. Bet that you’’ll be glad you set these in motion when you return from your next conference.

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Guest Blogger on May 15, 2014 in Professional Development | 3 comments
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Keep-fire-burningWelcome to the Nonprofit Blog Carnival round-up on The Work Behind the Work—the methods and tools you use to stay focused, productive and happy on the job (or the barriers that keep you from getting there). Alas, most of us can’t count on a sunny afternoon at the pool to recoup.

I’m thrilled to share with you this sampling from the powerful posts submitted by you and your nonprofit peers. The thought, focus and care with which contributors shaped their shared guidance is awe inspiring, and I so appreciate it (and them/you). Here are the most relevant submissions:

1) When things are hectic and your To-Do list is long, its easy to get overwhelmed and unproductive. Avoid these three common pitfalls that lead to burnout, cautions Megan Keane, membership director at NTEN.

2) Working in a small (ok, tiny) development shop, means that Carrie Packard, development director at The Delores Project, deals with an endless To-Do list married with constantly-changing priorities. She relies on these tools to make it through the day, week, and year (with her sanity intact).

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Nancy Schwartz on April 29, 2014 in Professional Development | 14 comments
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Productive-Creative-MindMake that the cactus flowers, and they are GORGEOUS. It was an absolute joy to be surrounded by them when I was in the Sonoran Desert recently with my family, taking some time to relax and rejuvenate.

I crave more nourishment like this…open space that gives my mind and soul time to rest, reflect and recharge. But that opportunity is all too rare for me, and probably for you in our always-connected 21st century

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Nancy Schwartz on April 24, 2014 in Professional Development | 39 comments
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RedRoverStaffwPetGuest blogger, Leili Khalessi is the Marketing and Communications Manager for RedRover, a national animal welfare organization. She’s also on the board for The Yoga Seed Collective and couldn’t help but make a few yoga-related puns below.

Thanks to Leili for contributing this stirring post  to this month’s blog carnival—The Work Behind Your Work . There’s still time for yours—Deadline Friday April 25.

As nonprofit communicators, we all know what it’s like to try to find balance in our work despite competing priorities, multiple teams and never-ending deadlines. Never have I felt so “at home” professionally than at the Nonprofit Technology Conference (#14NTC), where I attended a session on “The Work Behind The Work” with Sarah Durham (founder of Big Duck), Stephanie Bowen (most recently with KaBOOM) and Nancy Schwartz. Across the room full of do-gooder marketers, it was clear that while we’d all happily bend over backward for the organizations we support, we were eager to learn from each other’s ways to zen.

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Guest Blogger on April 23, 2014 in Professional Development | 1 comment
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Mark DessauerThanks so much to guest blogger (and dear friend) Mark Dessauer, Director of Communications at Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina Foundation. I’m ever grateful to Mark for contributing this stirring post  to this month’s blog carnival—The Work Behind Your Work

Thoughts on facing insurmountable challenges…alone
There was not a soul in sight.  No lights, cars, homes, or other runners.  Only the steady rain on a rural road deep in South Carolina.

I had been running for four miles by myself in the dark with knuckle lights.  I had six more miles to go.  I could hear frogs peeping in the waterlogged forest.  I could see nothing but the road flashing under my moving spotlights.  I now knew I could do this and do it well.  I was at peace.

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Nancy Schwartz on April 22, 2014 in Professional Development | 1 comment
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I’m thrilled to host April’s Nonprofit Blog Carnival, and hope you’ll blog on this topic so vital to the power of our field and momentum of our causes—the methods and tools you use to stay focused, productive and happy on the job (or the barrier that keeps you from getting there).

Be specific with concrete examples so we all get what you mean.  Please email the URL of your post and a 2-3 sentence summary to nonprofitcarnival@gmail.com by Friday, April 25  to be considered!

Cover productivity, planning, and/or getting great ideas out of your head and into action. Or, if there’s specific issue, person or gap that’s blocking you from the outcomes and satisfaction you desire, please blog on that. This is the work behind our work. 

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Nancy Schwartz on March 26, 2014 in Professional Development | 6 comments
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Friends and colleagues, today is Giving Tuesday—the national day of giving—and I’m raising money for an organization dear to my heart: NTEN (the Nonprofit Technology Network). Please join me in supporting my NTEN challenge.

NTEN is the place so many of us nonprofit communicators find community, plus a wealth of resources and support unavailable anywhere else.

Donate now to join me in building a stronger network of nonprofit professionals like us; folks who do more with less by leveraging technology tools to increase their impact and move their cause forward.

Your donation of any size—$10, $25  or more—will be used and appreciated. Please donate now. Thank you for helping NTEN, and helping me meet my ambitious goal of $1,000!

Here’s the back story:

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Nancy Schwartz on December 3, 2013 in Professional Development | 0 comments
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Overwhelmed, frustrated or stuck?Let’s partner up to conquer these shared challenges—join the Getting Attention Facebook page now.

Ugh! That’s how I feel sometimes as I’m working, working, working to push forward on so many fronts—client projects, speaking presentations, new training programs and managing our part-time coordinator and team of freelancers, among others.

It feels very tough sometimes, especially when I’m overwhelmed by way too many things to do with the time and head space I have.

I think you see what I mean.

Based on what I hear from many marketers and fundraisers like you, you and I  have lots in common that way, even as we have our differences.

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Nancy Schwartz on October 30, 2013 in Professional Development | 0 comments

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