Tag Archives: socially responsible

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 →

Behind the scenes of a TEDx talk

TED stands for Technology, Education, and Design. TEDx are independently run, community & grassroots organized, but are still licensed by the TED organization. TED talk is a descriptive for the types of talks that are given at these events. Speaking at TEDx has been on my bucket list for some time, but I was incredibly excited to be able to cross it off the list in early May. The rules for TEDx talks are the same as for TED talks. The talk can be no Continue reading →

Build an Empowered Community in 5 steps

Building an empowered community is a deeply held passion and is considered inherently valuable to us here at Anna Blanch Rabe & Associates. So let’s get started: Build an Empowered Community in 5 steps. Let’s start with the obvious question: what is an empowered community? An Empowered Community   An empowered community is a community where every individual feels able and encouraged to contribute to the betterment, growth and strengthening of a community in which they feel ownership and, most importantly, belonging. 1. Coalition Building Continue reading →

Why Choose A Communications Consultant?

A communications consultant can help you and your company decide upon a coherent message and communicate with and relate to customers effectively. A Sounding Board You might be looking for a sounding board to help you clarify and refine your communications plans. Sometimes you just need an experienced and encouraging professional who can listen to your goals and provide guidance to help you implement in a way that allows you to be empowered to be the face of your business and to share your story Continue reading →

When you don’t want to go: Military Influencer conference 2017

While I was one of the earliest earlybird ticket buyers for Military Influencer Conference 2017 (#milblogging17), I really wasn’t sure I wanted to go. It’s been a long year and I admit I was worried. I’ve been on the road for over four months so far this year and it’s only October. Time away means time I’m not spending communicating with my clients. So what was I worried about? This would be another  dude-bro fest that spoke only to male veterans. It would be a Continue reading →

New Hire Orientation

Some things to think about and a list of questions you should have answers to as you’re developing your new hire orientation – and perhaps updating employee handbooks to reflect the information provided in new hire orientation sessions. We want to encourage you to develop your own new hire checklist and documentation specific to your non profit organization or social impact business. It is important that you have thought through the topics below so that you have a consistent new hire orientation process. Consistency and Continue reading →

Checklist of items to take to your next presentation or speaking event

Presenting on behalf of your non-profit organization, social enterprise, or socially responsible business can be as easy as stepping up and waxing lyrical. But sometimes, you may need to think through some contingencies. Here is a checklist of items to take your next presentation or speaking event. Note: *affiliate links* are included in the checklist – but only for products and services we use ourselves. You can download the list as a printable below! CHECKLIST Business cards – Bring more than you will need, along Continue reading →

Health, Wellness and Food Related Awareness Days and Months

So you’re looking for ways to bring attention to your issue, organization or product? and it is health, wellness, or food related? I have a substantive (and pretty long) list of health, wellness and food related awareness days and months that will help shorten the amount of time needed to develop and executive a communications strategy around an awareness or commemorative day/month. This list will help you by saving you significant time in researching the hundreds of awareness days and months that might connect in Continue reading →

Words that Work

My mother had a book I coveted. It was hard covered and had yellowed endpapers. It wasn’t particularly beautiful but it was the book I turned to most often for words that work. It was filled with synonyms and antonyms. It reminded me that words dance with each other, they define each other, they grow and change over time. The evidence for the definition of a word is best found in how it is used. Read that again: the definition of a word is not Continue reading →