Hanukkah, or How to Tell a Great Story.

The start of Hanukkah got me thinking. How do you craft a story that can last thousands of years? The story oh Hanukkah did more than endure. It gave birth to a holiday that connects Jews around the world. It led to new traditions that keep Judaism alive. In other words, it went viral.

Five Lessons Communicators Can Learn From Meghan Markle

You would have to be living under a rock to miss the swooning coverage of Meghan Markle, fiancée to Prince Harry.  From the engagement ring—a diamond from Princess Diana—to the lemon elderflower wedding cake baked by a California native—it all has been covered...

How To Craft A Tagline

On a Sunday shopping trip to Fairway, I stopped in front of a stack of water bottles emblazoned with the words, “Overachieving H2O.”   What possessed a water company to write that tagline? Is overachieving water better than “smart” water or healthier than “natural”...

When A Picture Says It All

It’s been almost a month and I haven’t been able to get that picture of the president throwing paper towels in Puerto Rico out of my head. This week’s election didn’t do it; neither did Amazon’s new headquarters competition, or for that matter, the...

How Starbucks Beat Adele And Beyonce at the Grammys

Last night Starbucks showed us how to do statistics right with a powerful commercial that aired during the Grammy Awards. It’s a great lesson for nonprofit communications. Take a look to see how you can use data more effectivley to support your nonprofit...

New Year’s Resolutions for Strategic Communicators

As 2016 fades to black I’m taking a few minutes to focus on how to do strategic communications in 2017. Here are my five resolutions for more strategic communications. Unlike my previous resolutions—shed those extra five pounds, clean out the closets—I plan on keeping...

The High Cost of Not Listening

Like so many people I’ve been reflecting on the election since Tuesday night. From my position as a communicator committed to social good I can’t stop thinking about the missed opportunities for Americans to find common ground. Instead, we let partisan politics drive...

Follow These Five Steps Before You Rebrand Your Nonprofit

With the launch of a new website, name and logo, I just rebranded my company. I’ve gone from the purple logo that served me well for the past 15 years to a sleek forward-looking logo and design. The new website uses larger visuals and tighter copy. Even the name is...

Build a Story Bank to Seize The Power of Storytelling

  How do you interest newspaper readers in a story about federal regulation of the cosmetics industry? With a story about an 11 year old girl who lost her hair—you use the power of storytelling The New York Times published this story, featuring a photo of...

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