Working at a nonprofit can be a pressure cooker. Trying to manage huge workloads with limited resources, can easily trap us into thinking that working nights and weekends after a full day at the office is the answer. Overworking will not only steal your clarity, but ultimately zap your energy. We’ve all heard the advice on a plane to “put your oxygen mask on first,” but we roll our eyes and call it cliché. That simple statement is probably the most powerful piece of advice you’ll ever hear about the importance of taking care of yourself first above all others.
I've partnered with Ben Martin of Online Community Results to offer an on-demand, crash course on the Essentials on Online Community Management (EOCM). We designed this course for community managers (full or part-time) and the executives who oversee community management.
David Hessekiel, founder and president of PeerToPeer Professional Forum, will serve as emcee for the conference, and nonprofits including The ALS Association, Heifer International, and Sierra Club will join to show attendees how they’re using peer-to-peer techniques to raise funds in the real world. Attendees will learn how organizations are taking their campaigns and events to new heights, and will leave with fresh ideas they can start using right away.
Association professionals say their association is not innovating because they are under-resourced, they don’t have the right ideas or don’t know how to prioritize between a bunch of great ideas, or the association’s stakeholders (leadership, staff, board, members) fear risk. These are challenges for sure, these are even the challenges the most innovative associations have had, but these challenges are not insurmountable. They should not be stopping us in our tracks. In fact, dig in and what we find are a handful of myths, myths uncovered in the 2016 Association Innovation Research Study, that are holding us back.
So, you’ve finally got it….that thing that wanna-be entrepreneurs dream about and fight for all their lives…an incredible, original and viable business idea. You’ve done the research, crunched the numbers and wowed your friends with your amazing idea. You’re ready to hit the start-up market, full speed ahead. Only thing you need is…an investor. How do you find someone willing to give you the push you need to get up and running?