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Your Meeting is Now, Where are You?: Tips for Being Present

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We live in an age of amazing freedom to connect with industry professionals all over the globe, but with this magic comes a price. You have the power to take a meeting while in a car traveling for a flight or going home for dinner with the kids, but when you do, how do you ground your focus in the task at hand? Do you feel like you could be doing better than you have, but need a nudge? If you take care to curate tools to access your full attention, you will bring your organization to the next level …

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Transform Amateur Speakers to MVPS (Most Valuable Presenters)

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Communicating the innovations of your organization’s field when led by passion has the opportunity to open minds and solve seemingly unsolvable problems. This is a interesting line to walk when ingenious experts who usually work in isolation and are not comfortable speaking to a crowd. Being able to share new concepts that could change how your field functions takes skills not always fully cultivated. Here are a few tips to turn your field experts into extraordinary speakers. Be confident in your stance before you even say a word. Carol Kinsey Goman, PhD, reveals how body language communicates with your audience …

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Non-Profit Check-Up: Is Your Strategy Serving Your Organization to the Fullest?

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When you end a board call and feel the endorphins released by the enthusiasm of a great meeting of the minds, you know you are part of something special. There is no mistaking the feeling of true collaboration. When the people that make up organizations can come together and spark joy in each other, there is magic to be made. Setting this image as a goal to aim for is truly attainable when you have a clear mission and an inspired vision that will inform an evolving working strategy that your entire board understands and can get behind. Have you …

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Tips to Develop Enduring Strength in your Non-Profit Board

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Your board is your guiding brain trust which at its top functionality steers innovative strategy to achieve its mission guided by the vision of the organization. The delicate balance of this beast, the board, is that it is fed by the health, knowledge, and passion of volunteers. Even the healthiest brain trust can use additional resources to improve functionality. Determine your current board dynamics when looking to develop and build a stronger board. Where are some areas that could use a closer eye? Observe burnout as it occurs. Without clarity to what is expected, a new board member can bite …

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Fine Tuning Your Organization’s Focus In 2019

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January is almost over and it’s time to push forward and re-examine the goals you’ve set for your organization this year. According to Business Insider, 80% of enthusiasm for resolutions can dwindle out by February. At Van Petten Group, we want to help you stick with your big plans and create actionable goals for your team! Here are some ideas in how to strategize for a successful 2019. When formulating resolutions or goals for your organization, remember that not all of the responsibility falls on your shoulders. In our previous Insight, “Celebrate and Motivate: Creating Intuitive Catalysts for Winter Productivity …

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Celebrate and Motivate: Creating Intuitive Catalysts for Winter Productivity in Your Organization

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Cheers to the first week of 2019! Ideally, your organization has wrapped up the holiday season and your team is eager to hit the ground running to break even bigger ground this year. In reality, some are still adjusting from the additional hustle that happens in the end of the year. Studies show that January and February are the lowest months of productivity across the board. How can you motivate yourself and your team to break through the mold and begin 2019 with a bang? January is a great time to take stock in what you’ve accomplished in the last …

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Crowdfunding 101: End of Year Tips for Your Organization

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We are reaching the end of the year, and though it may be hard to believe, the days of December have a way of disappearing quickly. Between next year projections, holiday get togethers and family obligations, 2019 will be here before we know it. This is great time to focus on one more big drive to increase giving for your non-profit. Did you know that nearly one-third of annual giving occurs in December? If your nonprofit is looking to increase revenue, donor engagement, and social media presence, pushing your fundraising campaigns strong at the end of the year is your …

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Giving with Ease: #GivingTuesday Tips for Non-Profit Organizations this Season

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Giving Tuesday, a movement developed in our modern world of technology, where social media rings a strikingly gracious tone. We all know about how capitalistic culture can bend over backward for Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, but the following Tuesday can be an even more beneficially impactful day worldwide. Let’s dive into #GivingTuesday, and how it can benefit your organization today!   The movement that is continuously growing and evolving, #GivingTuesday was founded in 2012 by the Belfer Center for Innovation and Social Impact. They started off with a bang that has only grown through the years; in 2012, …

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How Working Remotely Can Strengthen Communication within your Organization

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How do your members required show up in their field professionally? Are they in strict schedules that can make it difficult when out of the blue health or family obligations pop up? Employment norms are adapting at a rapid pace and the option to work remotely has gained popularity in organizations that recognize that work done through computers can often be accomplished anywhere. Teams that have the option to work virtually are somewhat newfound. This is an exciting time for organizations to step out of templates that haven’t supported leadership and membership to create systems that allow the mission to …

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Support your Membership by Mastering the Art of Listening

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On a Monday morning, you may find yourself confiding in a colleague about a professional breakthrough you have experienced. They’re standing there, nodding and smiling along. Smile, nod, ask probing question: showing they are “present”.  In truth, your colleague’s may be lost in their own thoughts, but they are showing their support by hearing your story. Notice they are hearing you, but are they really listening? You can always tell if your message landed with someone, whether their listening face could win them employee of the month, or they are yawning and bleary-eyed. What do you experience when you are …