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April 7 – “How To Get Speaking Engagements” with Brian Lord

How_To_Get_Speaking_Engagements_ Brian_LordOver the past 22 years, Brian Lord has helped hundreds of speakers book speaking engagements, ranging from six figure contracts for presidents and prime ministers to love offerings at coffee houses. Brian started Lord Management in his college dorm room, moved on to William Morris Agency, and is now president of Premiere Speakers Bureau, one of the largest bureaus in the world.

Brian has been interviewed in the Wall Street Journal, on BBC Radio (UK), and was picked as one of Nashville’s 40 Under 40 (2015). He is the host of the new Beyond Speaking podcast. He enjoys competing in triathlons, MMA training, and coaching 9-10 year-olds in softball. Brian and his wife Krista enjoy raising their two daughters just outside of Nashville.

During “How to Get Speaking Engagements,” you’ll learn:

  • How to make an impact for your nonprofit by speaking
  • How to promote yourself as a speaker without spending money
  • How to promote yourself as a speaker with spending money
  • How to make yourself look like a legit speaker with your bio and speech topics
  • What to put in a speaking video
  • How to network and build your client base

This is valuable for people who 1) are trying to become professional speakers, 2) are trying to promote their nonprofit, or 3) just want to be prepared in case they want to become a speaker or the possibility presents itself.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR APRIL NBB

WHEN
April 7, 2017
6:55AM – 8:00AM
Networking until 8:30AM

WHERE
109 International Drive, Franklin, TN
(Cool Springs, near Wild Ginger, Einstein’s Bagels).

Remember to budget time for traffic.

Feb 3- “Trust Based Fundraising” with Isaac Ezell

Screen Shot 2017-01-27 at 1.28.29 PMWith 9 combined years in sales and fundraising and 5 years of experience training fundraisers, Isaac believes that raising funds is about learning how to build trust that leads to long term partnerships with supporters.

Isaac began his career in philanthropy after working for 3 years in sales for a national medical service company. He was offered a position raising funds for a faith based organization that he deeply cared about, HOPE International. After spending 2 years as a major gift officer, Isaac was promoted to lead a team fundraisers spread geographically across the country. Isaac spent the next 5 years training and coaching as well as carrying a giving portfolio of his own. Isaac still serves at HOPE International as associate director, leading their fundraising team’s hiring, onboarding, and training efforts.

“Giving and receiving is good for the soul. The craft of encouraging generosity in others is one of the highest callings one can live out.”

Isaac believes in exchanging arm twisting for deep trust, and last-minute need-focused initiatives for long-term momentum-building campaigns.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

WHEN
February 3, 2017
NEW TIME! 6:55AM – 8:00AM
Networking until 8:30AM

WHERE
109 International Drive, Franklin, TN
(Cool Springs, near Wild Ginger, Einstein’s Bagels).

Remember to budget time for traffic.

January 13-‘God’s Neighborhood’- Racial Reconciliation & Nonprofits

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Anthony Pickett is a deacon for Franklin’s Missionary Baptist Church and an active leader of many nonprofits.

As a founding member of Christ Community Church in Franklin, Tennessee, Scott Roley served for over 20 years in various capacities including Senior Pastor, and Pastor of Community Life and Missional Living. Scott resigned his position as Senior Pastor in the summer of 2011 to pursue a full time call to reconciliation, care for the poor, orphan care, and relocating to touch the ones within his reach.

Based on his experiences in local mercy ministry, Roley authored God’s Neighborhood: A Hopeful Journey in Racial Reconciliation & Community Renewal which traces his personal call to racial reconciliation and community renewal. It shares the powerful narrative journey of a white pastor’s identification within an African-American community.

December 9, Regina Harvey- (Money) YOU need to take care of YOU

reginaRegina Harvey, Executive Director of Dominion Financial will deliver her presentation. “YOU need to take care of YOU: Balancing the Financial Demands Between You, Your Family, and Your Nonprofit.”

Join in for a look at what the Bible has to say about this subject.  We will focus on ten scriptures that provide insight into establishing financial balance and honoring God with our finances. Regina delivered the presentation two years ago and it was so popular, we’ve asked her to speak again!

“We feel this is an incredibly important topic,” says NonBoardBoard president, Brian Lord.  “We’ve had nonprofits that have had to cease operations because they weren’t successful in providing for themselves and their families while simultaneously running a nonprofit.  If you ‘go out of business’ personally, your nonprofit will, too.”

Regina Harvey is with Dominion Financial Management, Inc., a Christian non-profit that teaches personal finance according to Biblical principles.

Register online for free – CLICK HERE.

Mike Hamilton, Nov 18- “Where’s the Parsley? Going the Extra Mile in Major Gift Fundraising”

screen-shot-2016-10-28-at-8-50-19-amMike Hamilton, The Executive Director of ShowHope, former AD of the University of Tennessee will be speaking on “Where’s The Parsley? Going the Extra Mile in Major Gift Fundraising”

About Mike Hamilton: 
Mike has extensive experience in major gift fundraising, both for the University of Tennessee, but for nonprofits like Show Hope and Blood:Water.  He also created the successful Leverage16 Conference, which attracted development directors from around the country.

Mike will share examples and practical tips on how you can approach and be more successful in major gift fundraising.  He’s also happy to answer questions as well.

Prior to joining the Show Hope team, Mike Hamilton served as the President of Engagement with Blood:Water Mission. A man of deep faith, Hamilton has extensive experience in leadership and development, serving 26 years in intercollegiate athletics at Clemson University, Wake Forest University and the University of Tennessee. He served at the University of Tennessee for nearly 20 years, eight as Athletic Director. Hamilton also served on the board for Show Hope and Blood:Water Mission, among other local, regional and national nonprofits. While in Knoxville, he chaired the Knoxville Chamber Partnership and the United Way. He was named National Fundraiser of the Year in college athletics in 1998, has been named by Business TN as a member of the “Power 100,” and has been awarded numerous honors for his work with youth and children, including being named on the UN Foundation’s 2014 list of 10 Fathers Creating a Better World for Girls and Women.

Details:
7:55AM to 9AM, 109 International Drive, Franklin, TN (Cool Springs, near Wild Ginger, Taste of India in the Premiere Centre building).
Networking 20 minutes before and after.  Remember to budget time for traffic.

Register Here

Working With Corporations Beyond Money- Jen Knickerbocker

Screen Shot 2016-05-23 at 8.02.10 AMWe’re excited to announce Jen Knickerbocker as NonBoardBoard’s speaker for June 10. Per Forbes, Jen Knickerbocker “has been instrumental in orchestrating more than $100 million in pro bono services for organizations”.  If there is anyone who knows how to help nonprofits work with businesses for pro bono services, it’s Jen.

Jen is a great role model as a successful business woman (Partner at Deloitte), wife & mom (even adopting!), triathlete (she destroys NonBoardBoard founder Brian Lord at every race), and community leader (on the board of the Brentwood Family YMCA and Crosspoint Church).

Here are several national articles by Jen or in which Jen is quoted in Forbes or Fortune:

Jen “has been instrumental in orchestrating more than $100 million in pro bono services for organizations”- Click here for more.

Women who do this are less likely to get ahead– Jen’s article on Fortune.com:

Forbes interviewed Jen on altruistic leadership

Forbes interviewed Jen on the skill to make you more credible

Details:
7:55AM to 9AM, 109 International Drive, Franklin, TN (Cool Springs, near Wild Ginger, Taste of India). Networking 20 minutes before and after. Brian Lord’s cell for last minute directions- 615-516-7643.  Remember to budget time for traffic.

What to wear? Anything from a suit to flip flops, it’s up to you!

Insights From The 2016 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report

It’s 2016 and our friends at the Nonprofit Marketing Guide have published the updated 2016 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report below. It’s packed with interesting insights into how nonprofits communicate.

Here are a few of the most interesting insights we found:

  • Social media came in second place for most important communication channel, ranking higher than email.
  • 72% of nonprofits expect their communications staff to stay the same, and only 20% expect their staff to grow.
  • The priorities of different nonprofit roles varied greatly, but everyone agreed on one thing: The communication channel that’s likely to produce the most conflict about its importance is the website.

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Sourcehttp://www.nonprofitmarketingguide.com/blog/2016/01/05/the-2016-nonprofit-communications-trends-report-infographic/

 

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6 Questions To Build Your Nonprofit’s Momentum

We ask ourselves questions almost every moment of the day. Every decision we make is an answer to a question. Every goal we set is fueled by questions.

The right questions move us closer while the wrong questions distract us.

I ask myself the following six questions at the beginning of the year to make sure I’m intentional about the direction I’m heading.

They’ve really helped me and my business so I wanted to share them with you. Set aside an hour to go through them and really figure out what you want to accomplish this year.

  1. What were my biggest successes in the past year?
  2. Why were these things successful? What did I do that worked that I can replicate?
  3. What mistakes did I make this past year and what can I learn from them?
  4. What will it take to make next year a success? In other words, write down what it will take for you to look back this same time next year and be happy with what you’ve accomplished.
  5. What projects and processes need to be put into place to make these goals happen?
  6. What mindset shifts do I need to change to make these goals happen? What do I need to approach or think about differently? What is holding me back?

Remember you don’t have to start from scratch; you can learn a lot from what you did during the last year. Build on what’s working and change what isn’t. Be brutally honest with yourself and share your answers with your team!

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10 Tools To Save Your Nonprofit 10 Hours a Week

Recently I had the pleasure of speaking to the NonboardBoard at one of our monthly meetings and talked about simple ways to be more productive as the leader of a nonprofit. I shared several of my favorite tools and apps and wanted to give everyone who wasn’t able to be there a few of my favorites I shared in a few I didn’t share! 

In this post I’m sharing 10 best online productivity tools that save me at least 10 hours every week and can do the same for you. I’ve put the time each tool saves me per week next to each one. Let me know what your nonprofit’s favorite tools and apps are in the comments!

1. ATEXT –SAVES 30 MINUTES

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A text expander, like Atext, allows you to create keyboard shortcuts that automatically expand to common phrases or text. When you type in a shortcut, Atext will replace it with the full text so you don’t have to type it out.

For example, you could create a shortcut that triggers your mailing address any time you type “adr” and hit the spacebar. You can do the same with your email signature, an entire email template, and more. I use shortcuts for names, directions, URLs, email templates, commonly used phrases, and dozens of other things.

Atext is for Mac and it’s only $5 for a lifetime license!

2. CALENDLY – SAVES 1 HOUR

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Calendly is my personal appointment scheduler. It saves a huge amount of time by eliminating the back and forth when trying to schedule a meeting. Simply set up the type of meeting, duration, and your availability. Then, give the other person a link and they can choose a time. Calendly even notifies them with the phone number to call or any other instructions you want to give.

Calendly has a free and premium version. The free version gives you one meeting type (e.g., 60-minute call).

3. VOICEBASE – SAVES 1 HOUR

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I haven’t seen many people talk about this one, but it’s one of my secret weapons. Voicebase saves a TON of time, especially when I want to recall a certain part of a recorded conversation.

Ordinarily you would queue up the recording and search for one small part, which requires a ton of tedious work and time. Voicebase removes that struggle by allowing you to search the transcript by keyword. It creates a machine transcription (which isn’t perfect but works great for searching) and it will show you every instance in the recording where you said that keyword.

4. ALFRED – SAVES 30 MINUTES

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Alfred is my shortcut to everything. If you use a Mac, the free version is amazing for quickly locating anything on your computer. Alfred also allows you to program almost any action on your computer with hotkeys or commands. And unlike the Spotlight search, Alfred remembers your searches and prioritizes what you search for most often.

Here are just a few of the ways you can use Alfred:

  • Saved searches take you directly to any of your Google drive folders
  • Search all of your Evernote notes
  • Change system settings
  • Turn off or restart your computer by typing ‘restart”
  • Search the web

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. It’s so customizable and saves lots of time searching for items on your computer and online.

5. JOIN.ME – SAVES 1 HOUR

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I hate writing out technical instructions over and over again. Join.me has saved me, and anyone I’ve tried to explain something to, hours of time. The next time you’re on a call and need to give instructions, just send the other person your join.me link. You can quickly share your screen and show them exactly what to do.

Out of all the screen sharing apps, this one is my favorite because it’s easiest for the other person to set up. All they need to do is click the personal link you send them.

6. DRAGON DICTATE – SAVES 2 HOURS

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When you just don’t want to type, Dragon Dictate gives your fingers a rest. Dragon is a voice to text software for Mac and PC. It’s far from perfect but one of the best out there. I use Dragon to write blog posts, compose emails and even write out my to-do list for the day.

It’s a little pricey, but don’t pay full price for it — you can often find it up to 50% off.

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If you don’t want to pay for Dragon, Apple’s built in voice to text lets you record 30 seconds at a time and it’s extremely accurate. If you have the latest OS, hitting fn twice should trigger it. Or, go to settings, dictation and speech, and make sure that dictation is on and you have the right mic selected.

7. OUTREAD/SPREED/SPRITZ -SAVES 30 MINUTES

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It’s tough to find time to read when you’re busy, and even tougher to read when you are distracted. These apps take the distraction out of reading and speed up the process using 2 types of speed reading techniques:

RSVP (Rapid serial visual presentation) flashes one to four words at a time at the speed you want. Think of it like words on flashcards at a few hundred words per minute. Spritz and Spreed use RSVP.

Guided Reading highlights the words at the speed you choose while dimming out the rest.

Spritz has a bookmarklet that allows you to select any article online and set the speed at which you want to read it.

The Outread app for iPhone is excellent. It offers both methods of speed reading and you can sync it with save-for-later reading apps like Pocket. Which brings us to…

8. FIVERR – 1-3 SAVES HOURS

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Fiverr is an incredible marketplace that allows you to get almost anything done for just $5.  If you can dream it, there is someone willing to do it for $5 on Fiverr. And if your time is worth more than $5 an hour, this will save you literally hours a week. You can learn more about getting started outsourcing in my course here!

Here are a few things Fiverr can help you with:

There are millions of ways to shave hours off your day for just $5. We use Fiverr several times a week and it saves us hours. If you’re new to outsourcing, the best part about Fiverr is it allows you to dip your toes in risk-free because of the small investment.

I highly encourage you to try Fiverr at least once to see the potential for freeing up hours a week. Start by looking at your tasks you dislike most, and search for someone to do them on Fiverr!

9. LASTPASS – SAVES 1 HOUR

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LastPass is my password saving app. It makes it easy to manage all of my passwords, but the thing I love most is the ability to share passwords without the recipient seeing the actual password. Once they have a LastPass account they can easily use the shared password. LastPass also allows you to revoke a password if needed, at the end of a project, etc.

Lastpass can autofill password forms when you want it to. If you have more than one password saved for a site, simply select the password and username you want to use. Lastpass has a great free version and the premium version is only $10/ year.

10. BUFFER – SAVES 1.5 HOURS

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Buffer is one of my favorite social media tools for finding and sharing content. I love the extremely easy to use interface and the ability to set times I want to share content throughout the day.

One perk of Buffer is their mobile app gives suggestions for content to share based on the content you’re already sharing. It’s a great way to find high-quality content to share and discover new content.

If you use chrome for your browser, don’t forget to download the Buffer chrome extension which lets you easily schedule and share any blog post you read.

What about you? What are your favorite productivity tools? Let us know in the comments below.

Counteracting Burnout

Counteracting Burnout

Counteracting Burnout by Rob Fitzpatrick

The first appearance of the term Burnout was in the mid 1970’s related to the helping professions (doctors, nurses, social workers, etc). As is often the case, in the time since then there has become a long list of terms to describe more specific situations. For the purpose of this article, I would like to separate these into two categories: Burnout and Compassion Fatigue. While the end results look quite similar, the path to these feelings is quite different and as such the solution is equally different.

Is It Burnout?

In the case of Burnout, the cause is generally linked to dissatisfaction with an organization or its practices. For example, the way work is divided or the process of promotion in a company. The individual feels as though no matter what I do, I cannot get ahead or my voice is unheard and therefore meaningless. In this case there is a feeling of disconnection and isolation and these trigger a number of other behaviors. A common theme would be taking more time off than ever before, low output and lack of interest in connecting with co-workers (even though this is the core issue). An employer’s first instinct may be to take something off the worker’s plate or suggest taking a vacation, with the hope that the employee will return to work the following week with a renewed vigor. The fact is, one of the most common times for people to quit their job is upon returning from vacation. When an employee is losing touch with their job and workplace it is off most importance to engage the individual and pull them back in to the fold.

Or Compassion Fatigue?

On the flip side, Compassion Fatigue takes place when an employee becomes too invested in the consumer and their needs. Particularly in a helping field, employees are at a risk of crossing boundaries in the name of going above and beyond. Sometimes we see a part of ourselves in a particular client or we have a long term relationship that crosses from professional to shades of friendship and familiarity. In contrast to an employee feeling burned out, an individual with Compassion Fatigue tends to overwork, picking up extra shifts or putting more effort into certain roles or clients, because they feel as though more needs to be done and that particular employee is the only one capable of executing the role. This category of difficulty is in need of separation from a job before an ethical or even legal boundary is crossed. For an employer, this can be a difficult call to make as the employee is a star on paper, but for the long term health and vitality of a company that professional space is necessary.

Questions To Ask Yourself

For individuals, we must be aware of the reasons for our actions. Are we working harder from a place of health, or is it to cover the feeling of ineffectiveness that comes from feeling Burnout or Compassion Fatigue? Is our passion at a healthy level, or are we trending toward obsession that is having an effect on ourselves and our loved ones? For companies, is there health and wellness in our policies and practices or are there expectations that leads to employees feeling overworked and under-appreciated?

I want to invite you to the Non Board Board’s November 13th meeting to explore Burnout, Compassion Fatigue and related issues that face workers today. I will be talking about organizational and personal characteristics that put one in danger of experiencing Burnout, how to deal with symptoms as they arise, and of course how to prevent issues in the first place. (http://nonboardboard.com/speakers/)

READ PART 1 HERE: Burnout by Rob Fitzpatrick

Rob Fitzpatrick is a Masters Level Counselor for The Refuge Center For Counseling in Franklin, TN.

SEE ALSO:

Can Development Directors Save The World? by Emily Carroll

2015 Nonprofit Communication Trends Report Infographic by Joel Widmer (Our #1 post of the year!)

How To Evaluate Nonprofit Marketing Opportunities by Joel Widmer

 

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