The Journey from novice to competent to excellent: 10000 hours to expert.

10,000 hours to expert. It’s what they say. But is it true? Moving from being a newbie to leader, fledgling entrepreneur to business maven, or  student to  professoriate, is a long journey. In some ways one shouldn’t endeavor to grow out of being a student of your field. There is always something to learn – always new pedagogical techniques to consider, new ways of doing things, and new research being published, and new ways to apply that knowledge and those skills. A bit like life Continue reading →

Making the most of Social Media as a non profit

So 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 you want to use to represent your non profit. Have Continue reading →

Registering Your Non-Profit Entity in the System of Award Management (SAM.gov)

In order to be paid by the US Federal government under a contract – including a services contract for delivery by a non-profit organization – your non-profit must be registered in the System of Award Management – often referred to by its acronym SAM. Firstly, you should NEVER pay someone to register you in SAM.  We cannot emphasize this enough. We do not offer this as a service on principle! It is free to register and as the representative of your organization you can do Continue reading →

Making Legal Easy: Ithemes and WordPress Webinars

What You Should know about images and US copyright Understanding what images you can use legally on your website can be tricky. What do the different licenses mean and what are your responsibilities. In this webinar, We’ll cover some basics of US copyright law, discuss the difference between personal and commercial use, and the rules for fair use. We’ll also talk about what to do when you’re in the wrong! We’ll also talk about how to protect yourself, including contract clauses, and client education! Talk Continue reading →

What exactly is a military influencer?: MIC 2018

The Military Influencer Conference opened its 2nd year with a bang. Last year, Milblogging was revived and we saw Military Influencer Conference 2017, now we hit the sophomore year and expectations and energies were high. Ostensibly, this is a 2 1/2 day event, however, because it is Sunday through Tuesday, many participants arrive Saturday and stay through Wednesday, and it is also held at the same time as the larger FinCon. FinCon is a premier conference (which I’ve personally never attended) which also sees numerous satellite 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 →

Stating the Obvious: 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 the behaviors of some of the applicants in the interview stage. Their missteps are your opportunity to Continue reading →

Milspouse Resource and OakTree Network Makes Business Connections Possible

Britni Miltner is a problem solver. Milspouse Resource and specifically the OakTree Network is a response to the problem of military spouse business owners being able to connect with each other and for those who are looking at hiring a service business. OakTree Network provides platform to connect and hire military spouse service business owners Britni founded the Milspouse Resource and OakTree Network because she wanted to provide a place for military spouses to be able to connect and hire each other for local service Continue reading →

Why our CEO is working on a Doctoral degree

Our CEO is working on a doctoral degree in English Language and Literature. Why? To serve you better. Yes, she knows that doctoral degrees don’t always increase financial earning capacity, but she is insatiable about learning how to write more effectively, develop better arguments, and explain complicated ideas to non-specialist audiences. Audiences like your law firm’s clients. She wants to reinforce her education and experience teaching others how to write well. Her pedagogical training and experience teaching/lecturing/working as a teaching assistant at four universities means Continue reading →

Why You should care about Legal Client Education

Let’s face it. I know you’re asking why you as an attorney should care about legal client education. After all, aren’t they paying you because of how much you know? Well, no. They are paying you to add value. Bottom line: most of the time, our clients don’t understand us. In every context where I’ve worked, whether in law, higher education, non-profit or social enterprise and within the military community, general legal literacy was poor. And in the many negotiations, emails, conference calls, deals, everything Continue reading →