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Anchoring and other fussy important considerations

What goes first? Second? Last? (Never?)   I’ve known Ken O’Quinn, Writing with Clarity, for centuries. We met through IABC (the International Association of Business Communicators). Ken’s from Portland, Maine (incredible food town, if you get the chance). I live in Rhode Island. All the IABC meetings were around Boston, so we met in the […]

“In a billion-dollar campaign case,” she wondered, “where DO you stick the ‘letter from the Dean’?”

“In a billion-dollar campaign case,” Echo from the university wondered, “where do you stick the ‘letter from the Dean’?” Ummmmmmm…. Good question, Echo. In our little world [The Case Writers], where we pretty much get to write and design whatever we think is best, working with a group of clients who want exactly that, every […]

Managing Up

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Meet the frustrated: So MANY fundraisers quit so fast. They learn “best practices” … and then collide with the “Ignorance Ceiling.” I.e., bosses and boards insisting: “I don’t like it. No way.” A.k.a., Approvals Gone Wild —— This was the promising tweet from first-term AFP president and CEO, Mike Geiger: How to Manage Up for […]

“Curated” conferences are different … & maybe a better bang for your buck, if you’re at a certain point in your career

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You already knew this, right? “Curated” conferences are trending. Ireland has its Ask Direct Summer School; this year, 2018, inviting fundraisers to the Emerald Isle for a third edition. Traveler’s hint: Bring an umbrella; they don’t call it the Emerald Isle for no reason. (BTW: Even if you’re not an Irish charity, the Summer School […]

“How can I convince my boss?” You shouldn’t have to, unless he/she’s an abusive idiot.

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At this latest conference, I at last began to wonder… “What is abuse?” verb: (1) misuse (2) treat a person or an animal with cruelty or violence, especially regularly or repeatedly; synonyms: misemploy, mistreat, maltreat, molest; antonym: nurture noun: cruel and violent treatment of a person or animal; synonyms: mistreatment, maltreatment, interference; antonyms: care, nurturing […]