S1 E18: Wobbling With a New ED

Today we hear from Elizabeth (a.k.a. “Wobbling”), who found her communications team wobbling as a new executive director joined the organization.

Before the leadership transition, they had created a communications plan and editorial calendar, and they had started to see the results they’d hoped for. But now Elizabeth’s boss (the communications director) has become hyper-focused on pleasing the executive director, and seems to have lost sight of the bigger picture.

Me practicing ardha chandrasana, my favorite balancing pose

We talk about:

  • How life is a practice, and everyone wobbles sometimes
  • Trusting in their plan and editorial calendar, and staying rooted in it
  • Sharing the successes of that plan with the new ED, to help build confidence
  • The possibility that the new ED is just as nervous as the communications director (!), and that they’re feeding off of each other
  • Working WITH the communications director to gently steer her back on course, rather than going head-on and making her defensive

Notes and Links

Perfectionism” episode of the Yoga of Nonprofit Communications podcast

S1 E16: When There’s No Emergency, Consult Your Nonprofit’s Editorial Calendar

Many of us nonprofit communicators are great at managing a lot of things under pressure and with many deadlines. But what happens when things are just “normal” and nothing is on fire? Margaux talks about:

  • getting ahead on anything you know you will need to write
  • what editorial calendars are
  • how they can help nonprofits
  • choosing a location and format that will work for your whole team
  • some larger-picture things to consider when creating one or updating the one your nonprofit already has

This episode is more of a pep-talk than a how-to. If you’re ready to dive into creating an editorial calendar for your nonprofit, check out some of the great resources below!

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S1 E07: Perfectionism

Do you have trouble making decisions?

Have you ever been told that your expectations are unrealistic?

Do you have trouble receiving criticism, however constructive and well-intentioned it may be?

Does your self-confidence sometimes depend on other people’s reactions to what you say and do?

Do you dwell on mistakes you’ve made, and replay them in your head as if you could rewrite them?

Are you sometimes so focused on the destination that you forget to enjoy the journey?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you might be a perfectionist.

Perfectionism is all too common in the nonprofit sector. We are surrounded by smart, high-achieving people, and it’s easy to feel like we don’t measure up. Then comes the negative self-talk, the unhealthy work habits, and feelings of failure.

If our definition of success is perfection, then there is no way we can succeed. We are human; we can’t be perfect.

This is detrimental: to us as individuals, to our organizations, and ultimately to those we are trying to serve.

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