Essential Archival Research Kit

Preparation is essential to making the most of limited time in an archival research library. One of my secrets to getting the most out of time is archival and reference libraries is my “essential archival research kit”! The Essential Kit Readers card Laptop (and chargers/power cord) A pad of paper or research notebook Endnote Pencils, eraser, sharpener Outline of research Business cards Change for lockers, photocopying (though you may need to carry a Plastic form of currency if you’re anything like me), and Clear plastic Continue reading →

Using Archival and Research Libraries

I’ve spent quite a bit of time in Research Libraries and Archives over the last ten years. I’ve done this not only because that’s where the research took me but also on enjoyable mysteries; fun rabbit holes. That may make me a little out of the ordinary. But it has also been a steep learning curve which has given me a raft of new skills – some of which I learned the hard and unproductive way. This is one of those articles where we can Continue reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

How MilKids Ed is fighting for the education of military children

Meg Flanagan and MilKids Ed is a champion and advocate for the education of military children. Changing schools is nothing new for military kids. My own husband attended 12 schools during his early years, and experienced every type of educational environment imaginable – from montessori, to japanese preschool, to coop, to public school, private school, Catholic School, and even homeschooling for two years in highschool. His experience is anything but unique. But that doesn’t mean it’s not hard for many military kids – sometimes, especially Continue reading →