Author Archives: Anna Blanch Rabe

Legal Writers

Are you looking for legal writers, who understand the law and how to communicate concisely? That’s us. Anna Blanch Rabe & Associates provides specialist communications content for Legal Professionals Finding a communications professional who can expertly and strategically navigate your niche, recognizing any potential ethical pitfalls and adding value to your website and helping you to provide your clients and potential clients with quality and specialist content is challenging. If for no other reason than communicating legal concepts and legal information in plain English is Continue reading →

Making the most of Social Media as a Non Profit

How do you make the most of social media as a non-profit? You’ve heard your organization needs to have a social media presence, but you don’t know where to start or how to figure out what level of investment (of time and resources) to make for the return on investment (ROI) you are looking to achieve. Here is my six-point plan for making the most of social media for your non-profit. Be clear on why you are using social media. Be clear on the voice Continue reading →

Military Families and US Immigration

I care about military families and US immigration. As an immigrant and military spouse I recognize how hard and complex it can be to navigate the US immigration system. Sometimes it is hard to discern and make sense of it all – and I have a law degree, have studied constitutional law and have been a student of US immigration law and process by necessity over the last eight years. This article was first written in 2017, and has been updated a number of times Continue reading →

Multiplying the value of conference attendance

Attending conferences can cost a large amount of money – I average about $1000 a conference just for hotel, flight, and that doesn’t include the tickets. For this to make sense for your business, you have to know what your ROI is to make sure you’re getting the most out of the experience. So how do you go about multiplying the value of conference attendance? While these suggestions are primarily for those attending business or professional conferences, they really apply to any kind of conference Continue reading →

Tips for nailing an interview with a social impact business

Our recent experiences will help you with tips for nailing an interview with a social impact business. We recently went through a hiring process to add some members to our Anna Blanch Rabe & Associates. We were looking for skilled communications professionals who could step into our social impact business and help us make legalese easy to understand, share meaningful stories, and empower those who are building communities. While we ended up with two great candidates we were somewhat surprised and perturbed about some of Continue reading →

On Being A Word Toting Rebel

Are you a rebel without a cause?  Are you a word toting rebel?  Writers of books, blogging gurus, and professors alike often want their students to argue against something. You must have a counter-point, they say, for you to get attention. There must be an argument, a thesis, which will anchor your paper.  Indeed, I teach my students the importance of a strong thesis in order to write a persuasive argument. However, I struggle with extending encouragement to stir the pot without skin in the Continue reading →

A Guide to Networking at Conferences

Professionals are often advised that networking at conferences is essential for increasing career opportunities. However, networking is also crucial for setting up collaborations and for developing professional relationships with others in your field. This goes for academics and scholars at any stage of their careers. Like teaching or business relationships, networking is very much dependent on your personality and social ease. It seems to be a given that it’s important, but how do you go about it? and how exactly is networking different from socializing? Continue reading →

Finding Hope in Design

Lauren Hope is more than a survivor she finds hope in design. She finds a way to thrive in the midst of challenge. Lauren Hope is the owner, designer, and artisan behind Hope Design, Ltd ®. A military spouse herself, she carefully handcrafts unique military jewelry and accessories to honor our country’s service veterans and heroes. Her creations are available online, and in selected not-for-profit, military spouse mission-driven gift shops. Lauren has created custom pieces for Anna Blanch Rabe & Associates, and I have given at Continue reading →

Productivity Tools for Academics, Lawyers, and Professionals

Productivity doesn’t have a finish line; it’s an evolving set of methods, skills, and task management habits. This is especially true when considering productivity tools for academics, lawyers, and professionals. Some time ago, I wrote a post offering some advice and links to productivity tools I found useful. I thought it was time to revisit the topic and reflect on what I’m finding most helpful now. This article is part of our effort to offer advice for research tasks and professional development, like using plain English Continue reading →

6 steps to changing the world

So you want to change the world? I am convinced that changing the world for the better starts with ourselves. I’m not alone – some of the greatest thinkers in world history agree with me. “What do you want to do with your one wild and precious life?” – Mary Oliver Here are 6 steps to changing the world. If this sparks your imagination, and you would like to learn how to apply these steps in more detail, take a look at our Guide to Continue reading →