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Archive for November, 2015

Words Can Easily Sway a Conversation

Ever wonder why the phrase “gun control” makes you cringe when you say it out loud or read it in a news article? It’s because it automatically suggests a negative connotation of big government telling Americans what to do and doesn’t communicate anything about why gun regulation is important. Unless… (read more)

Smart. Savvy. Digital. (Part 1)

Kerry Leslie

By Kerry Leslie
Director

Today, it is nearly impossible for nonprofits and foundations to reach their potential for change without having at least some digital savvy. But with a constantly changing digital scene, organizations often struggle to keep up with the latest digital news. Knowing how crucial it is for our clients to be… (read more)

Right There with You: Livestreaming Best Practices for Nonprofits and Foundations

Imagine standing on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court Building with LGBT activists before a landmark decision – or riding on a boat with protesters blocking an oil rig in the Arctic. Livestreaming offers advocacy organizations an exciting opportunity to engage audiences online and bring them right to the… (read more)

“This has been a tremendous eye opener. It shows us how to pull the aspects of communications skills, from the message, to the audience. It forced us to identify our strengths and our weaknesses in an effort to become more strategic in how we prepare our messages and communicate them.”

- Training Participant

Getting Your Story Covered: Tips for Top-Notch Media Pitching Part Two

Mike Carter-Conneen

By Mike Carter-Conneen
Director

  In the first installment of this two-part series, I shared some insights from my years working in TV news and media relations, focusing on the best methods to get your pitches seen by reporters. In this part, I review some strategies for increasing the odds those reporters will actually… (read more)

An E.D.’s Guide to Essential Strategic Communication Know-How, Compliments of Spitfire’s Executive Leadership Program

Kristen Grimm

By Kristen Grimm
President

  I’ve been working with a number of new executive directors this past year. After years of hard work, or in some instances, after waking up from a dream about a new organization that MUST exist, these people found themselves with all eyes on them. From the moment they updated… (read more)

COAL + ICE: Overcoming Barriers to Spark Climate Action

AnaChristina Arana

By AnaChristina Arana
Account Coordinator

  “One of the key messages that comes out very strongly from the [IPCC] report is that we are already seeing the consequences of 1°C of global warming through more extreme weather, rising sea levels and diminishing Arctic sea ice, among other changes,” said Panmao Zhai, Co-Chair of IPCC Working… (read more)

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