Storytelling for Nonprofits: The Connection Plot

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We’re wrapping up our Storytelling Series based on the marketing book, Made to Stick (Amazon link) by Chip Heath and Dan Heath today. We have broken down the Challenge Plot and the Creativity Plot and how nonprofits can use them in their stories. You’ll see heartfelt connections between the people in the stories and also between the storyteller and the reader. You’ll have great stories to tell for your appeal letters, newsletters, websites, and other communications.

Storytelling for Nonprofits: The Challenge Plot

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A few weeks ago I shared Why Stories Are Important for Nonprofits and promised some more ideas on how to actually write those stories. They each have very basic elements that anyone can use especially if you are just starting out with storytelling. Over the next few weeks I will share the features of each and how you can make them work in the nonprofit world. Payoff or triumphs One common mistake nonprofits use when telling Challenge stories is making themselves the hero.

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators

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Find out Why Your Nonprofit Should Retweet Its Own Tweets – and How to Do It. TalentDesk gives us the 2018 Best Nonprofits to Work For using data from Glassdoor on salary and employee satisfaction and Charity Navigator’s organization accountability ratings. The Bombay Club.

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The Seven Writing Styles That All Nonprofit Communicators Should Master

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Most nonprofit communicators consider themselves to be good writers. But what really sets apart the great writers in the nonprofit world is mastery of seven distinct types of copywriting. Storytelling Nonprofit storytelling refers to narratives about participants and supporters that include characters, descriptive details, emotions, and plot. Nonprofit Writing

#MixedLinks for Nonprofit Communicators

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Let’s celebrate the end of the week with a round of Mixed Links… Givelify just released a new white paper called “ Nonprofit Fundraising: Removing Roadblocks and Meeting Goals with Mobile Technology.”. Did you miss September’s Nonprofit Blog Carnival?

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators

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Kivi is presenting it for PRSA’s Nonprofit Section on March 29 and you can attend free, even if you aren’t a member. Find out how to Hone Your Craft: The Art of Nonprofit Storytelling. Nonprofit Training. Mixed Links Nonprofit Communications

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Storytelling for Nonprofits: The Creativity Plot

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Welcome back to our Storytelling Series based on the marketing book, Made to Stick (Amazon link) by Chip Heath and Dan Heath. Next introduce the new approach that your nonprofit or someone affiliated with your nonprofit is trying. Many nonprofits use this plot to tell their “founding” stories because finding creative new solutions to old problems is behind the formation of lots of nonprofits. Storytelling

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators – September 7, 2018

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We’ll look at storytelling on social media, how to get an op-ed published, and even get into a little psychology. And John Haydon focuses on Instagram with How to Engage Supporters with Instagram Stories (With 5 Nonprofit Examples). Nonprofit Training Opportunities for You.

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Marc Pitman explains It’s Not about Scaring, but Caring when it comes to storytelling. Try these 8 Tips to Improve Your Business Writing (applicable to nonprofit writing too). Nonprofit Training. Mixed Links Nonprofit Communications

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#MixedLinks for Nonprofit Communicators

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Let’s wrap up the week with some warm Mixed Links… Thanks to the almost 800 nonprofit professionals who have already taken our 2015 Nonprofit Communications Trends Report Survey ! She lists the books you’ll want on your bookshelf as a nonprofit communicator.

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators

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We have opened our annual (but completely revamped) Nonprofit Communications Trends Survey. If you can stomach anything else election related, here are 7 Fundraising & Storytelling Lessons From This Year’s US Presidential Race.

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Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators – October 26, 2018

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Having trouble coordinating everyone associated with your nonprofit both inside and out? Take a look at these 5 Ways Online Collaboration Can Help Your Nonprofit Succeed. Nancy Schwartz challenges you to use the 7 Steps to Ethical Storytelling. My porch. Auburn, AL.

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Joe Garecht at the Fundraising Authority is hosting this month’s Nonprofit Blog Carnival and is looking for submissions on The Best Tips for Amazing Non-Profit Newsletters. Rebecca Reyes shares 13 tips for powerful nonprofit video storytelling. Nonprofit Training.

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Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators – October 5, 2018

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Today’s post is brought to you by the number 7 and include tips on social media, storytelling, and segmenting lists. Steven Shattuck asks, Are You “Seglumping” Your Donor Communications? Nonprofit Hub shares The Best Nonprofit Media Campaigns of 2018 (So Far).

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators #18NTC Style

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Kivi and I are here for the Nonprofit Technology Conference. For those of you who can’t be with us, I am dedicating today to rounding up communications and marketing breakout sessions from this year. Anatomy of a Nonprofit Website: Why Your Donors Aren’t Giving (More) Online.

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Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators

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Join me for some of the best Mixed Links around… Something that could help you with your nonprofit communiations – How to Add Color and Richness to Your Writing … Without Making Us Want to Barf. Beth Kanter reviews Julia Campbell’s book Storytelling in the Digital Age.

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Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators – June 8, 2018

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I am sharing free webinar info, tips on donor communications, and internet trends. John Haydon shares How to Create Deeper Relationships with Donor Communications. Upcoming Events for Nonprofit Communicators. Mixed Links Nonprofit CommunicationsVintage Year.

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Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators

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Are you making any of these 5 Biggest Nonprofit Storytelling Mistakes ? Mitch Peterson warns Nonprofits: Be Careful With Your Acronyms. Nonprofit Training. Good day to you, fine madams and sirs!

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Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators – June 15, 2018

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This week we’ll cover stressful nonprofit workplaces, better Facebook posts, inspiring action and more. It’s time for Mixed Links… Beth Kanter dives into Why Nonprofit Workplaces Are Stressful and What To Do About It. Upcoming Events for Nonprofit Communicators.

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Great Advice on Storytelling for Nonprofits

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The Chronicle of Philanthropy has been running a great series of articles by Paul VanDeCarr on storytelling the past few months called “Storytelling Summer: Advice about Motivating Your Audience.” Read the answer in Reaching New Audiences Through Storytelling.

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And for a good example of nonprofits using video, see Pam Grow’s Power of Storytelling: What Can You Do with Just 30 Seconds of Video. Nonprofit Training. Happy Friday, everyone!

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Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators

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Check out these 25 Twitter Tips for the Modern Nonprofit from Classy. Vanessa Chase highlights the importance of storytelling in Like Cutting an Onion. Here are 4 Things Nonprofits Should Know About Ad Grant Program. Nonprofit Training.

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5-Star Storytelling Success Story

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Julie is intrigued by storytelling, and the opportunity it offers to inspire donors and volunteers to act. So, what’s your secret recipe for five-star storytelling? storytelling Julie Brown Nonprofit Communications nonprofit marketing Social Media

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators

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Join me this fine Friday for some Mixed Links… Tomorrow, July 25th, is the last day Joanne Fritz will take submissions for this month’s Nonprofit Blog Carnival. Speaking of Joanne, she has gathered some Examples of Nonprofit Mission Statements That Appeal to Modern Donors.

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Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators

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Early bird pricing for the Nonprofit Storytelling Conference ends today. Nonprofit Training. May 20: Thought Leadership for Nonprofits: Marketing to Build Your Authority and Share Expertise. Happy, Happy Friday!

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Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators – June 1, 2018

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Today we’re looking at social media, storytelling, the economy and more. Stephanie Stahl shares 4 Secrets of Great Storytellers. Miriam Brosseau tells us How and Why Stories Can Bust Nonprofit Silos on Beth Kanter’s blog. Upcoming Events for Nonprofit Communicators.

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Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators – May 25, 2018

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Upcoming Events for Nonprofit Communicators. May 30: Transform Your Boundaries and Get Better Results: CALM Coaching for Nonprofit Communicators with Sarri Gilman. Registration is now open for the Communications Director Mentoring Program. The Hound. Auburn, AL.

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Better Nonprofit Storytelling – Free Webinar

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It’s time for another free webinar, and this time it’s our ever-popular “Three Stories Every Nonprofit Should Be Telling” on Wednesday, October 24. One common mistake nonprofits use when telling Challenge stories is making themselves the hero.

Nonprofit Storytelling Breaking Bad Style

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Whether you love, hate or have never seen Breaking Bad , there’s a lot to learn from its emotionally intense, can’t-stop-watching storytelling. Here’s how to break out of bad nonprofit stories: storytelling message development Nonprofit Communications nonprofit marketing

Successful Nonprofit Storytelling: Stay Humble

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Julie is intrigued by storytelling, and the opportunity it offers to inspire donors and volunteers to act. Nonprofit directors—show us a story about a hero who overcomes barriers through your programming. storytelling Julie Brown Nonprofit Communications nonprofit marketing

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators

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Here’s another round of mixed links – good stuff for nonprofit communicators. Treating donors well so they keep coming back is something every nonprofit should be focused on. You all should know by now how important I think storytelling is for nonprofits.

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Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators

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TechSoup Global has launched its 3rd Annual Digital Storytelling Challenge. The DoGooder Nonprofit Video Awards program is now taking submissions for its annual video contest. The awards are completely free to enter and open to any eligible nonprofit organization in the U.S.,

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Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Laura Nash

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Here’s the latest installment in our series on the “Day in the Life” of nonprofit communicators, where we ask you to describe your day in your own words. . (Be Tell us what you do in a typical day as a nonprofit communications pro. Laura Nash.

FREE WEBINAR – 25 Nonprofit Communications Examples That Will Inspire Your Own Work

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Looking for great examples of nonprofit communications to inspire your own work? Join us for: From the Swipe File: 25 Nonprofit Communications Examples That Will Inspire Your Own Work. You’ll also receive our Weekly Tips Email Newsletter to keep you up to date on the ever-changing world of nonprofit communications. Coming up with new, creative and effective communications is hard. Storytelling. Nonprofit Communications Online Courses

10 Qualities You Need To Become A Stellar Nonprofit Storyteller

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Storytelling is not only a fantastic way to relate to other humans on a personal level, it is also a fantastic marketing and fundraising tool for nonprofits. Great nonprofit stories: *Convey impact and outcomes; *Elicit emotion and compassion; and.

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators

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Welcome to our latest edition of Mixed Links where I share the good stuff on nonprofit marketing and communications that I’ve come across over the last week or so. If you’re a small, mostly volunteer-run nonprofit, don’t think you can’t fundraise online.

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#MixedLinks for Nonprofit Communicators – #15NTC Style

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As you probably know, Kivi and I are at the awesomest nonprofit conference of them all this week – NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology Conference in Austin, Texas. Learn how to find and cultivate your org’s stories in Multichannel Storytelling for Social Impact.

Storytelling Secret Sauce—Via Maya Angelou

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Today, I want to share her storytelling secret sauce with you… I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. Dr. Angelou was a masterful communicator.

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Emily Roush-Bobolz

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Welcome to our latest installment in our series on the “Day in the Life” of nonprofit communicators! Don’t be shy – tell us what you do in a typical day as a nonprofit communications pro. Day in the Life Nonprofit Communications

Mixed Links for Nonprofit Communicators

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It’s Friday, so it’s time for some Mixed Links, my roundup of good links for nonprofit communicators. Wild Apricot Blog has a list of 30 Great Podcasts for Nonprofits. Anyone working for a nonprofit will benefit from checking out these sites.

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Charity: Water versus Water.org and the Tide of Social Media Storytelling (#npcomm Showdown)

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Earlier this summer, we started tracking the communications of pairs of national nonprofits working in the same space. Contributing writer Antionette Kerr is back with another edition, this time on social media storytelling and some bonus tips on Snapchat.

How Story Trumps Description (Nonprofit Storytelling #9)

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Nonprofit Storytelling #1-8. The Solution: 5-Star Storytelling That Is Meaningful, Memorable & Motivational. P.S. If you’re interested in becoming a 5-star storyteller, please email me here. More Storytelling Guidance for You.

Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Kallie Rollenhagen

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Welcome to the latest installment in our series on the “Day in the Life” of nonprofit communicators, where we ask you to describe your day in your own words. Don’t be shy – tell us what you do in a typical day as a nonprofit communications pro.