Blog | Apr 30, 2016 | 2 Comments

Your Communication Context

Are you a “high-context” or “low-context” communicator? No idea what that means? Read on—I think you’ll find this very interesting.

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Blog | Apr 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

Know your sector

I’ve learned that it pays to be knowledgeable not just about your own agency’s work, but about your entire sector–in my case, homeless services. You never know when a donor, community member, or journalist will need a good referral. It’s a great way to provide value.

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Grace, who was homeless for decades in San Jose

Blog | Apr 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

Telling Stories – And Really Listening

I have a huge job that covers everything in nonprofit communications. But plain old story-telling is still the best part of it.

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Blog | Jul 9, 2014 | 1 Comment

A Simple Event or Campaign Platform

Answer these questions for your next fundraising event or campaign and you’ll be well on your way to success. Do you have anything to add?

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Blog | May 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

Writers don’t get no respect

As Deborah Ng of Kommein has pointed out, freelance writing suffers from a vicious cycle of lack of respect.

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Boss with a megaphone

Blog | Oct 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Communicating Internally

I specialize in “external communications.” Now I’ve been thrust into “internal communications” and could use some advice.

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Blog | Jul 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

A View of Homelessness

A story and photo album I put together about the largest homeless encampment in the continental U.S. It’s in San Jose not far from the favorite city park where children (including mine) have played, held birthday parties, and visited the zoo for generations.

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Blog | Jun 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

How Fundraising Works Today

Here are some great recommendations from my favorite fundraising expert, Gail Perry, along with a few insights from me.

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Blog | Jan 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Resources for Better Writing – UPDATED

I’m pleased at the attention the online world is giving to developing good writing skills and helping people overcome their hesitation about writing–even if they never overcome their actual dislike.

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Billboard - Creativity Lives Here

Blog | Oct 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

Creativity: Time to Change My Thinking

A post from Brain Pickings about 10 Rules for Creative Projects got me thinking about creativity again, during what has felt like a dry spell in the daily grind of my job.

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