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036 How to Defeat the Most Powerful Force

There is no more powerful force in the universe than "I don't wanna." I'm experiencing it right now. I'm on a major deadline, I spent the weekend moving--no shoehorning--my parents into a new house. My body and mind are exhausted and yes, I have a really bad case of the "I don't wannas." So what do you do when you're in charge of a nonprofit that demands and deserves your best, and so does your family, your community, and yourself? I've got some quick tips for how to get things done in spite...


035 Insight into Individual Donors

I could not stop talking with Melissa Thomas (aka Melissa the Coach) last week. Here's the continuation of our interview, giving you a peek inside the head of a dedicated individual donor. Her nonprofit of choice is Canines for Service ( As you listen, note especially why this means you want most of your contributed income from individuals, and think of ways that you might better connect with your donors.


034 How to Make a Budget, with Melissa the Coach

In this episode I'm joined by Melissa Thomas (aka Melissa the Coach). She is a personal finance coach, speaker, and author of Building My Yellow Brick Road: Life Lessons from Pursuing a Dream. Melissa teaches us from the beginning of the process how to make a budget. I was surprised at how often I get asked about budgeting, so I think this episode will be helpful to many. Like she suggests, listen twice--once just to listen and once more to take notes. You'll want to capture her ideas...


033 Leadership Lessons From Improv

At SponCom I took a workshop taught by David Christopher of Miami's Just the Funny theater. The workshop was on short-form, a format most people are probably familiar with thanks to the TV show "Whose Line is it Anyway?" As he was teaching, the relationship between hosting a short-form improv show and Leadership (with a capital L) revealed itself, and I just had to make that the subject of this week's podcast. The leadership resources I mention in this episode are: "21 Irrefutable Laws of...


031 How to Respond Not React

I don't know about you, but I can sometimes be hot-headed. When someone says or does something that pushes my buttons, I have a tendency to react (poorly) rather than to respond (thoughtfully). In a recent improv workshop I learned how to listen to others and then the three questions to ask myself before I respond to them. I think this will help you, too, if you're quick to react. It will also help you if you hold everything in and don't really know what to say in the moment. Let me know...


030 Building Strategic Partnerships

The benefits of strategic partnerships far outweigh the potential downfalls. This week I talk about the best practices around building strategic partnerships and how I spotted an opportunity in disguise.


028 How to Practice Patience

The practice of patience is critical to your success as a nonprofit leader. We all know it takes at least twice as long to see change (or even any movement towards change)when you're working primarily with volunteers and within the culture of nonprofit orgs. What does patience look like day to day? How do you practice patience? This week's podcast is inspired by Gary Vaynerchuk and my fellow executive directors.


027 How to Finish a Grant

So sorry about the previous upload of this episode! Check out the @Virtual_Exec or our FB page to see what happened. In the meantime, here's the real deal. Grant writing is a cornerstone fundraising activity. I've talked about tools for finding grants, and how to write a grant so that it makes sense to a panelist or reviewer. This week's podcast is about how to finish strong and celebrate the work you put into this process.


026 Being Liked

Lately I've been wrestling with the question of whether it's better to be liked or to be respected. If you've been thinking about this, too, this week's podcast is for you.


025 Small Biz (Nonprofit)Life with Kristin Ingram

This week on the podcast I chat with my friend, Kristin Ingram, about how nonprofits can use the new tax law to their advantage (among other things). Kristin is a CPA, CEO of Ingram Digital Media, and co-host of the Small Biz Life podcast. Check her out at


023 Things People Say

People say the darndest things, especially at board meetings. Here are a few of the craziest and the thoughtful, appropriate responses that you can keep in your back pocket for just the right moment.


022 Building Unity Around Big Changes

Now that you recognize the signs of transition and you know you want to do something to get ahead of these challenges rather than wait for them to crash into you, this week's podcast talks about how to build the support you need around these big changes.


021 Signs You Are Heading Toward Transition

In our nonprofit life we have purposeful transitions, like launching a new program, and accidental transitions, like a major sponsor going out of business. These are pretty straightforward and (for the most part) we know how to handle them. Then there is a middle ground of transitions that aren't here yet, but if you know what to look for, you'll see the signs. That's what we're talking about in this week's podcast.


020 How to Start a Nonprofit

I've been getting a lot of questions lately about how to start a nonprofit. If that describes you or someone you know, here's the podcast to listen to first. I go over the steps to take that will set you and your org up for success from the beginning. To get the full checklist, visit


019 My Favorite Quotes of the Week

Since it's the holiday season (fun!) and year-end (stressful!), this week's podcast brings the gift of an easy listen. In the Executive Director Mastermind group, we like to share "Quote of the Week" from our nonprofit life. This week's podcast is 8 of my favorite QOTW to entertain and help you get through the year-end crazies. See you in the New Year!


018 Grant Writing Tips From a Panelist

Did you know I serve as a grant panelist for the Virginia Commission for the Arts? Yep! And now I'm sharing 8 of my top grant writing tips to keep you from wanting to smash your face into your desk.


017 Nonprofit Lessons from GBBS

I'm back after being sick for two weeks! While slowly melting into the couch, I had the opportunity to watch "The Great British Baking Show." Maybe it was a fever-dream, but I think I learned a few things applicable to nonprofit life. Let me know if you think I missed any.


016 Boundaries for Nonprofit Leaders

This past week has found me too sick to record a full podcast, so I found a video call that I recorded earlier this year with certified relationship expert, Jen Moff, on boundaries. Why are they so difficult? How do we set them effectively? And what do we say to someone when they violate them? This is a long one, and originally it was on video. There may be references to visuals, but I think you'll find this helpful. This can be an especially tricky time of year with work and personal...


015 Tools

This week's podcast is about three new tools I've been using lately that might be helpful for you, too. They are Stay22 (map widget): MeetingSift (meeting survey software): Instrumentl (grant aggregator): Don't feel bad if I left out one of your favorites. These are 3 that came to my attention recently and that I've had success with. Feel free to comment and let me know what tools you're using that you love.


014 Suffocating Negativity

Why is important to suffocate negativity in your organization, and what does that look like in day-to-day practice? This week I share how to get on top of this productivity issue.


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