Santa, Bring Me New Skills for Christmas

Hi, everyone, it’s me, Tess! Don’t remember me? I’ll forgive you. In 2014, I interned with Claxon and had a blast writing blog posts that fueled my inner word nerd. I’m back to bring you more weekly content here on the Claxon blog. Why? To help nonprofit rockstars like you level up their communication skills. Hope you enjoy!


santaAh, December. While I get swept up in the holiday bustle as much as the next guy, I find there’s still time, almost a need, for something deeper: personal reflection.

What did I accomplish this year? Was it what I actually wanted to accomplish? What can I do better next year?

Year after year, the thing that falls by the wayside for me is professional development. And I know I’m not alone. In the non-profit sector, we know the meaning of the expressions “under-resourced” and “strapped for time” better than anyone.

Honestly, I think I did better this year. I manage marketing for a non-profit, so I set aside time each week to brush up on marketing best practices. More than a few times, I was pushed eagerly jumped into situations that required me to learn a few things. (ex. I can now fumble my way through Google Adwords! #proud)

But sometimes, I still feel like I’m coming up short. Wouldn’t it be great if Santa — or the whimsical character of your choice — could gift us some new skills to take into the new year?

In a way, he has. Here at Claxon, we’ve made a super special holiday-time decision: to give you $850’s worth of free, one-on-one consulting from Erica Mills. All you have to do is sign up for Claxon University by the end of 2016.

If you haven’t been getting the results you want from your communications — donation appeals, website copy, mission statement, etc. toolbeltetc. — then you don’t want to miss this chance. You’ll learn how to wield one of the most powerful tools in the nonprofit worker’s toolbelt: Clear, concise, and compelling communication.

Learn more about this December 2016 special offer. Your December 2017 self will thank you.

Do you communicate as effectively as you think?


Do you communicate as effectively as you think?