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calendarIt’s that time of year again – the season when the pull of work, family and community becomes decidedly…overwhelming.

Most of us understand instinctively that we must take time for leisure. In fact, more research is emerging that downtime, procrastination, and good, old-fashioned rest actually enhance creativity and productivity. And the dangers of stress are well- documented and include everything from relatively minor health concerns, to personal and medical disasters.

Our clients are especially vulnerable to succumbing to overwhelm. The storm of year-end fundraising deadlines, major events, family obligations, holiday plans and dates on the calendar that just won’t budge can drive many nonprofit professionals to tears.

As consultants, our job is to support our clients as they weather these storms. How do you reach out to your clients during stressful times? And what do you see as your role in helping ease their burden during the busiest times of the year?

This month on the NPCons chat, we’ll discuss the problem of overwhelm, and how we as consultants can stave it off for our clients and ourselves.

  • What does it look like when our clients are overwhelmed?
  • How can we help our clients deal with their overwhelm? Do you step in when you see the symptoms, or wait to be asked for help?
  • What would be different if your client wasn’t overwhelmed? How would that impact your shared work?
  • What needs to be in place for clients to be less overwhelmed?
  • What about consultant overwhelm? How do you balance taking care of your client and taking care of yourself?
  • How do we create conditions where everyone can feel supported as they face their own overwhelm?
  • What does prioritizing downtime for ourselves and our clients make possible for our consulting practice? For our communities?

Set aside your own overwhelm and join us to share your insights and experience during this month’s NPCons Twitter chat on Tuesday, November 18th, at 1pm PT. See you there!

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