Tools I Use

Software, web-based applications, and other tools that will help you in your communications… and sometimes, in your life outside work.

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Five Tips for Setting up Slack for Your Nonprofit

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If your nonprofit doesn’t plan for a strong adoption, Slack won’t seem like it works better than email. Five tips for starting off right.

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Is it time for your nonprofit’s team to start using direct messaging?

Posted in Small Advice, Tools I Use

I encourage any nonprofit team that wants to run a well-connected team to include direct messaging in their toolbox. And yes, I love Slack.

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Four productivity apps I’m excited about

Posted in Small Advice, Time-based advice, Tools I Use

LastPass, Basecamp, Cyfe and Zapier — those are four apps I’m still excited about, plus several bonus apps that I use almost daily.

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A good contract is your recipe for success

Posted in Project Management, Small Advice, Tools I Use

I’m surprised at how often clients give only cursory attention to contracts before agreeing to sign. They treat it like it’s just “blah, blah.” But it’s your recipe for success.

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Why I started using Cyfe as my regular analytics dashboard

Posted in Google Analytics, Small Advice, Social Media, Tools I Use

If you’re quite busy changing the world, it’s tempting to look at data about the effectiveness of your communications “later.” Enter dashboards

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Moving your staff to Google Apps for your nonprofit’s email

Posted in Glossary, Google, Small Advice, Tools I Use, Web

The technical steps to move your domain’s email to Google Apps are well-documented. What’s harder is helping your nonprofit’s staff change how they handle their email every day.

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Four tips for making use of Basecamp

Posted in Project Management, Small Advice, Tools I Use

Over years of using Basecamp with nonprofits, here are some things I’ve learned that bring out the best in the tool as you collaborate online.

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My Bookshelf: I’ll read anything by Tony Schwartz

Posted in Bookshelf, Small Advice, Tools I Use

An open, creative, relaxed mind is essential to changing the world. That’s what he keeps writing about.

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