A great way to spend one-and-a-half minutes (that’s what she said). Really, a great short video about a security camera catching heroic, funny and touching moments. Surprisingly, this is a Coke ad. I’m not sure how much soda it will sell, but the video was a great way for me to start the day.
Nonprofits have critically important missions that certainly don’t match their small operating budgets. That’s why they need to constantly innovate and make the most of the least. With that in mind, I wrote this article about social media for nonprofits. Here are 22 high-impact, low-cost social media opportunities for nonprofits (adapted from a talk I gave at NPower PA‘s conference, Social Media for Nonprofits, and including some great insights from other speakers).
1) Appreciate corporate sponsors. This is probably the easiest tip and the biggest missed opportunity. An example is Comcast’s blog a few …
The show Shark Tank, where entrepreneurs pitch investors for capital, has some great business lessons . . .
1) If you get what you ask for, take it. Mark Cuban offered one entrepreneur exactly what he requested. The entrepreneur then asked for more and lost the deal. No one likes to do business with someone who gets what he requests and then asks for more; it’s a sign of what’s to come in the relationship.
2) Networks matter. The Shark Tank investors bring huge value in their networks. Daymond John got the sticker guys …
Inspired by the response to yesterday’s post about my grandfather, below are seven great lessons that I learned from him:
1) Stop making excuses. . . It costs too much money, it’s too risky, I don’t have time, I’m too old, I’m too young. . . . When he was 92, my grandfather decided he should be working out. He got a membership at a gym (thankfully, attached to a hospital) and went (walker and all) regularly. If there is something you want to do then do it.
At an event last week, 38 teen entrepreneurs pitched their companies to local businesspeople. Each attendee received $5 in Startup Bucks to “invest” in any of the student businesses. The student business with the most Startup Bucks at the end received a cash prize.
The teen entrepreneurs were participants in Startup Corps, a Philadelphia nonprofit that helps high school students become entrepreneurs. The students often join the club even if they don’t have a business idea. They come out with confidence, companies, and in many cases, revenue. It’s exciting that 34% of this year’s …
When we consider the vast number of people who need help, being part of the solution can seem overwhelming. There are hundreds of thousands of kids trapped in failing schools in the U.S. alone. There are many millions of starving children around the world. How can a single person who isn’t a billionaire have an impact? Where do you start?
Start with one small act.
Hilde Back’s story is about how small acts of kindness can have an unimaginably large impact. When she was a schoolteacher in Sweden, Hilde decided to sponsor one child’s education …
David Boone became homeless in his early teenage years.
“When I was 14 years old, my family and I lost our home to gang violence. I refused to join the gang, so they retaliated, leaving bullet holes in our house and our family. As a result, my family had to split up because no one had room to take us all in together” David wrote in his blog.
David lived in a variety of places for about 2 years until his mom secured a safe place for his family. He lived with friends, caring …
This story revolves around Darius Weems, a 23-year-old man who recently launched his rap career. His album from New Sound Entertainment, My Life in This Chair, is out and has received rave reviews. I’m arguably not the best judge of rap music, but I think his music is great.
Darius is living with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). One in every 3,500 boys is born with this fatal disease and generally lives only into his teens or twenties (WebMD). It’s the disease that Jerry Lewis’s telethons raised money to try to cure.
1) Learn to sell. In business you’re always selling – to your prospects, investors and employees. To be the best salesperson put yourself in the shoes of the person to whom you’re selling. Don’t sell your product. Solve their problems.