The Art of Speaking and Writing Well

Nonprofit Effectiveness Clinic #4

Friday, November 22, 09:00 AM - Friday, November 22, 2019, 12:00 PM
Friday, November 22, 2019, 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
2314 University Ave W, Ste 20
St PaulMinnesota
United States
Fee: $50 members / $85 nonmembers

The more you believe in your mission, the harder it can be to find the words express why it matters. If you sometimes struggle to speak and write about your work, that’s not because you’re doing something wrong — that’s because communication is hard to do.

For nonprofit leaders, every act of communication is an act of reaching across difference. In this Nonprofit Effectiveness Clinic, you’ll learn to approach each speaking and writing challenge as an opportunity to build a diverse community of practice.

Consequently, this clinic will be practical from the start. Every attendee will bring some existing communications materials from their organization to work on — one page selected from your nonprofit’s existing language, including something about your mission and vision. We’ll workshop your page of text together throughout the day, and you’ll leave with communications you’ll be able to use right away.

Learning Objectives

  • A new conceptual framework for nonprofit communications
  • Practical strategies for overcoming writer’s block, structuring communications pieces, and compassionate revision
  • Real-life practice in communicating across difference
  • Revised communications to take back to your organization

Principles and Practices for Nonprofit Excellence

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits is committed to offering training sessions that support the Principles & Practices for Nonprofit Excellence. This workshop helps us achieve the following:

  • Fundraising 15: A nonprofit should plan its communications to tell the story of the organization and maintain consistent, mission-focused and timely communication with donors.
  • Planning 1: Nonprofits should establish and regularly review mission, vision and values statements that are specific enough to effectively guide the overall goals and activities of the organization.
  • Leadership 9: Leaders should actively communicate how the organization’s activities produce the intended change in the community and inspire others to affect that change through fundraising, advocacy and programming.
  • Leadership 10: Nonprofit leaders should ensure that sufficient time and energy is invested in the organization’s communication capacity.

About the Nonprofit Effectiveness Clinics

What’s the right regimen to improve foundational skills that are important to your nonprofit career? Is your daily routine helping you achieve higher results and produce better outcomes? Join MCN for four Nonprofit Effectiveness Clinics – and improve the fitness of key nonprofit skills. 

Register for the entire series – 4 for the price of 3.

As a nonprofit professional, you need to wear many hats and gain expertise in many skills. Various foundational skills are common across many roles and programs within nonprofit organizations. Whether you’re new to your career or just seeking a refresher, join the Nonprofit Effectiveness Clinics to learn foundational skills and theory related to the following topics:

  • NOVEMBER 1: The Art of Effective Conversations, Laura Johansson, Sondra Reis, and Marcela Sanchez
  • NOVEMBER 8: The Art of Agile Strategic Planning, Brandi Olson
  • NOVEMBER 15: The Art of Nonprofit Branding, Erin Jordan
  • NOVEMBER 22: The Art of Writing and Speaking Across Difference, Neil Chudgar

You can register for this single session in the series by clicking on the above Register Now button, or you can register for the entire series of four workshops and get 4 for the price of 3. The series is $150 for all four workshops for MCN members/$255 for all four workshops for nonmembers.

Event Details

Refreshments: Coffee, tea and a light snack will be provided.

Travel: Driving directions and transit options are available on MCN's website.

About the Presenter

Neil ChudgarNeil Chudgar helps people talk about big ideas. As a communications strategist and consultant, he helps clients from giant manufacturers to tiny nonprofits find language for the ideas that matter to them most. His clients come from all fields, but he has a special commitment to good ideas in nonprofit health care, faith-based organizations, and local government. An award-winning teacher, Neil spent over a decade helping students think about language and meaning at the University of Chicago, where he received a Ph.D. in English literature, and Macalester College. He and his husband live in Northeast Minneapolis with one cat and many plants.

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