Checklist of items to take to your next presentation or speaking event

Presenting on behalf of your non-profit organization, social enterprise, or socially responsible business can be as easy as stepping up and waxing lyrical. But sometimes, you may need to think through some contingencies. Here is a checklist of items to take your next presentation or speaking event. Note: *affiliate links* are included in the checklist – but only for products and services we use ourselves. You can download the list as a printable below! CHECKLIST Business cards – Bring more than you will need, along Continue reading →

Writing for Good in the world

I love to write when creativity strikes and while I would contend that is in a place of unbridled creativity that my best ideas come it is not usually where I can expect to write polished pieces. But what is writing for Good? Often the moments of creativity produce sparks and tangents that take time, control, and discipline to flesh out into fully developed arguments that flow. I often have to go back after I have posted to fix spelling and grammar mistakes, and to Continue reading →

So You want to be a Writer

So you want to be a writer? This advice is from a letter C.S. Lewis wrote an American schoolgirl in 1959 who asked her for advice on developing as a writer. Writing is a craft and should be given the same amount of development effort as any other skill. More so, even, if this is part of your professional life. Turn off the radio. Read good books and avoid most magazines. Write with the ear, not the eye. Make every sentence sound good. Write only Continue reading →

Writing a Book Proposal

While more and more writers are going the self published route, pitching book proposals is hardly a dying art! In fact, these skills are useful for any writer – no matter the genre. Prepar­ing Your Submission Step 1. Get ready for rejec­tion. If you can’t han­dle rejec­tion do not try to pub­lish books. Step 2. Write a pro­posal. Don’t bother with unso­licited manuscripts. Writ­ing a Proposal Pro­pos­als look a lit­tle some­thing like this: Title Short bio of yourself Sum­mary Audi­ence Need Com­pet­ing volumes Poten­tial endorsers Word Length Continue reading →

Military Related Commemorative Days and Months

A military related list of awareness and commemorative days and months for military and military connected organizations, veteran and military spouse owned businesses and anyone else who wants to acknowledge the sacrifices of past and present service members! This list will help you by saving you significant time in researching the hundreds of awareness days and months that might connect in some way to issues that you want to raise attention about military, military family, veterans, veteran-owned business, military spouse owned business, or military non Continue reading →

Health, Wellness and Food Related Awareness Days and Months

So you’re looking for ways to bring attention to your issue, organization or product? and it is health, wellness, or food related? I have a substantive (and pretty long) list of health, wellness and food related awareness days and months that will help shorten the amount of time needed to develop and executive a communications strategy around an awareness or commemorative day/month. This list will help you by saving you significant time in researching the hundreds of awareness days and months that might connect in Continue reading →

Making the most of Awareness Months and Commemorative Days

A great way to connect with the media and with new customers is to share how your organization or product fits with one of the many commemorative or awareness months or days in the calendar. This doesn’t mean creating your own – rather, choose to connect with other organizations on topics where you have different perspectives or highlight the commemorative month or awareness day on your social media and community relations outlets. Which is where I come in – you can download your free printable Continue reading →