MSSA: Harsh fires Campion into final Miquel Blazquez Font to emerge as a competent sports journalist in the sporting world Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates Cairo: Riyad Mahrez and Sadio Mane will renew their Premier League rivalry for a second time in Egypt, with Africa Cup of Nations immortality awaiting the victor of tonight’s final between Algeria and Senegal. Algerian star Mahrez was part of the Manchester City team that edged out Mane’s Liverpool for the EPL title last season, grabbing a pivotal goal on the final day of the campaign. Liverpool’s Mane, however, is attempting to fulfil his “wildest dream” as one of just a handful of Africans to win both the UEFA Champions League and Cup of Nations.Related News Tottenham Hotspur appoint Jose Mourinho as manager
Aguero marked his 350th appearance with two goals against Southampton in the League Cup fourth round win on Tuesday, giving him 12 for the season and 243 in his City career. For all the brilliance of his City team-mates Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne, it is the 31-year-old Aguero and the guarantee of goals which remains the key element in their bid for a third successive English title. “It was hard to imagine spending so long with one club when I first started off but as time went by, it became clearer to me that it was exactly what I wanted. And here I am, enjoying my eighth season with Manchester City,” Aguero said. “How couldn’t I feel like a Mancunian? I feel at home in this club and in this city. As soon as I arrived, I’ve felt like I belonged, that made the adaptation process much more natural. “I believe coming to Manchester City is one of the best decisions I’ve taken in my life.” Intense competition Chasing their first top-flight title since 1990, Liverpool are six points clear of City and remain a daunting obstacle for Aguero and company. Jurgen Klopp’s side head to Aston Villa with nine wins from their 10 league games this season, a blistering streak that is fuelled by the intense competition for places and the high standards set by the European champions. Evidence of that desire was provided by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who scored a superb goal in the midweek League Cup win over Arsenal but then admitted he hadn’t done enough to deserve to retain his place against Villa. “I wasn’t great on the ball and not near my own personal level of where I want to be. I watch the boys of a weekend and I know what it is about here,” he said. “You have got to be at a really high physical level to go and put in a performance like that. Fab (Fabinho) did really well at the weekend so I need to keep pushing myself and maybe I will get a chance.” Elsewhere, Manchester United, enjoying a mini-revival after their poor start, can make it four successive away wins when they visit Bournemouth. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side beat Chelsea in the League Cup on Wednesday thanks to Marcus Rashford’s superb free-kick and the United striker feels confidence is growing in the squad. “If you get a couple of wins back-to-back early on in the season it can change the direction the season is going,” Rashford said. “When you’re winning back-to-back games, the team’s confidence levels go up.” Arsenal boss Unai Emery is under pressure to deliver a win against Wolves after his side blew leads against Liverpool and Crystal Palace. The Palace match was marred by Granit Xhaka’s astonishing feud with Gunners fans and the fall-out continues, with Emery still deciding whether to strip him of the captaincy. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever Raheem Sterling, Kylian Mbappe trick and treat! EPL: It’s not a Merry Christmas for footballers CL: Sergio Aguero’s double helps Manchester City enter quarters Manchester: Sergio Aguero holds the key to Manchester City’s bid to overhaul Premier League leaders Liverpool as the Argentine striker reaps the rewards of the “best decision of his life”. When Aguero walks onto the Etihad Stadium pitch ahead of Saturday’s clash with Southampton, he will feel more at one with his surroundings than he would ever have imagined when he arrived eight years ago. Abundance of talent Back then, Aguero was a talented but not yet fully rounded player hoping to thrive in England after a promising start to his European career with Atletico Madrid. The intervening years have been a dream come true for Aguero, who is now City’s record goal-scorer and has amassed four Premier League titles, one FA Cup and four League Cups while helping the club’s become top dogs in Manchester after decades of dominance from United.Related News
Dear Liz,I’m revising my LinkedIn profile for the umpteenth time, and I want to avoid the common pitfalls. What do you see as the biggest mistakes LinkedIn users make in creating their profiles?Thanks!Cecilia____________________________________Dear Cecilia,The overarching problem with many LinkedIn profiles is that they’re sloppy or incomplete. Your LinkedIn profile is your online billboard, so take the time to fill it out and help it represent you professionally. That means coming up with a useful Headline (that’s the field just under your name), for starters. “In Transition” is not a great headline, but “Online Marketing Manager ISO Next Challenge” will help another LinkedIn user understand what you do and glom onto the fact that you’re job-hunting.It’s important to add a clear, head-and-shoulders digital photo to your LinkedIn profile. It’s useful to create a customized url for your LinkedIn profile, and to include that url on your resume and your job-search-related correspondence. (It will look like this: http://www.linkedin.com/in/lizryan).Back to your question: I see these three LinkedIn profile-creation missteps more commonly than any others.– The profile gives no sense of the human being behind the resume. Even if we believed ourselves to be stuck with a stodgy, boilerplate format for our resumes (although we’re not) why on earth would we bring that same mindset over to LinkedIn, a completely different medium? The open-comment-box arrangement in a LinkedIn summary gives us room to branch out and talk about our passions and accomplishments in a more conversational, less stick-up-the-whatever way.– The profile has no story arc. We see that Jane Addams worked at companies X, Y and Z and for how long, but we can’t see why she went from one to the other or where she’s looking to go next, and so we’re left with no sense of her direction or personal mission. (I call this the Story of a Leaf….sprouted on a tree in Tennessee perhaps, blown by the wind to Oklahoma, then to Texas, then up to Minnesota…)– The profile spends all of its juice trying to impress us (strangers, for the most part) instead of sharing the LinkedIn members’ unique spin and perspective on his or her field of endeavor. I feel sad for people who’d write “Savvy, strategic marketing pro” on a LinkedIn headline, when they could be sharing pithy stories instead of striving to let us know (sans evidence) what they think of themselves.It wouldn’t be appropriate to say to a new acquaintance face to face, “You know, I’m quite an insightful guy.”So why would we praise ourselves online?Best,Liz
The first thing you need to know about your next boss is how badly she was hurt by the financial downturn. A boss who is deeply underwater is likely to behave differently than one who is not under the same financial pressure. Someone whose debts vastly exceed their ability to pay is likely to either be looking for a new job or desperately hanging on to the one they have. In either case, she will be far more concerned about herself than you.You should expect that the company will do a background check on you. It is as important that you have a clear picture of your boss and the people you will be working with. Building a profile of your new employer is common sense in the 21st Century.Here’s what you need to do to make an assessment of her history, background and financial circumstances:Find out how much money she makes. Companies use several sources of salary information to verify their conclusions about compensation. Visit sites that offer salary information (Glassdoor.com has some remarkable data). Get two or three estimates of her pay package and average them. Find her online credentials. Using Google, LinkedIn, ZoomInfo and Zabasearch, you should be able to identify her work experience and people she has worked with. Does she move frequently between jobs? Were any of her assignments shorter than 18 months? Does she move between industries or stay in the same niche? What are her professional credentials? Does she have any unexplained gaps in her work history?Pipl offers concentrated access to web information. You can discover her accounts on Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and other social media. Browse through her postings, tweets, pictures and activities. Get her home address. Try Zabasearch first. It offers an amazing array of data on people including address and phone numbers. Intellius will give you a relatively comprehensive background check for about $40. That will show criminal or financial problems.Find out how much her house is worth. By visiting Zillow, you can get a reasonably accurate estimate of the current value of her home, if she owns one. The local information section will give you a ballpark indication of the degree to which prices have changed in her neighborhood. GoogleMaps will give you an aerial view of the house and quite possibly a street view. Look to see the level of maintenance of her house and the surrounding neighborhood.Discover her mortgage.Check to see if her county has mortgage records online. If not, you can always visit the county recorder. You can see what she paid, how often she’s refinanced and what her current mortgage is.Do a search of Google Images to see what pictures turn up of your potential boss and her online friends and activities.When you are looking for information about people, you want to know what others are saying about them, not what they are saying about themselves. While social media profiles are interesting, it’s more useful to take a look at the people in their friends list. What are they like? What can you learn about your new workgroup from the company they keep?When you have finished doing the investigation on your potential employer, be sure to do it on yourself. You can be sure that anything this easy is going to get done on you. You might as well understand what they are going to find.
MS Dhoni clinched his first home series in two years as India humbled New Zealand by 190 runs in the fifth and final ODI at Vizag to win the series 3-2. Chasing a stiff 270 for a win, New Zealand were bundled out for a paltry 79 in only 23.1 overs thanks to Amit Mishra’s second five-wicket haul.Rohit Sharma also found his rhythm as scored 70 off just 65 balls while Virat Kohli’s love-affair with Vizag ground continued before he fell on 65. (Scorecard)It was an important series win for Dhoni, who last won in India against West Indies 2-1 in a truncated five-match series. Dhoni then lost the only home series played in India in 2015 to South Africa 3-2.Former captain Sourav Ganguly said it was an important series win for under-fire Dhoni and he deserved it.”He’ll be happy with this win in Vizag. Had India lost this series, Dhoni would have been under enormous pressure to retain his spot as captain. He’s fought hard and he’s fought hard with the bat today as well. He deserves this win,” Ganguly told India Today.ON ROHIT SHARMA”Whenever Rohit plays well, India win. It was great to see him play well. He’s a big match player. When they played Australia couple of years ago, they were 2-all in the series and he scored a double hundred in the final game. It was once again an important game for India.””Virat Kohli was outstanding. He adapted to the conditions really well. Dhoni was good, Kedar Jadhav was good at the end. So, it was a good performance by India under pressure. A good performance when it required the most.”advertisementVirat has been the best batsman in the world and best batsman for our country for quite a while now. I hope he continues this form for a few more years because this team depends on him. He is the backbone of this side. He’s in good form.”ON MISHRA”Amit Mishra was the right choice for the Man of the Series award. It was an ideal wicket to pick wickets” (Mishra credits Kumble, Dhoni for success)ON JADHAV”Kedar Jadhav played an outstanding knock today. It’s the partnership which sealed the game for India. Because it was not easy coming and taking off on this surface against the spin. Even the fast bowlers were coming and turning the fingers over. It was a good knock from the young man. He wsas under presusre this series. he deserves to be continued.”ON ENGLANDIt’s never easy playing in India when the ball spins and spinners are at the best. Teams in the past have struggled and teams in the future will be. England are coming next month and life’s not going to be easy for them.”
Bengaluru FC left for Doha, Qatar, on Wednesday to play their historic Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup final match against Iraqi outfit Air Force Club on November 5.Bengaluru created history by becoming the first Indian club to reach the final of any continental tournament when they beat Malaysia’s Johor Darul Ta’zim 4-2 on aggregate.Bengaluru flew out from their base here to Doha via Mumbai. (Also read: No Indian football club has better record than Bengaluru FC: Sunil Chhetri)”We planned the itinerary in such a manner that the players reach Doha around 9-30 p.m. local time, have dinner and rest,” the club’s chief technical officer Mandar Tamhane told IANS.The team will start its training on Thursday.Bengaluru’s superb show in the tournament so far has raised huge expectations among Indian football fans.A good number of vociferous supporters of the club are also slated to travel to Doha to watch the match.
Rain prevented any play on the second morning of the second Test between Australia and South Africa on Sunday after an extraordinary opening day in which 15 wickets fell.South Africa won the toss on Saturday, bowled Australia out for 85 and then reached 171/5 before stumps for an 86-run lead.There was no addition to the score Sunday morning at Bellerive. Temba Bavuma remains unbeaten on 38 and Quinton de Kock is 28.The South Africans won the opening Test in Perth by 177 runs and can secure the three-Test series with another victory in Hobart.
World champions Germany and Italy played out an entertaining 0-0 draw in their friendly international on Tuesday with both sides missing a string of chances in their final match of the year.The Germans, who beat Italy twice this year including in the Euro 2016 quarter-finals following a penalty shootout, were without half a dozen key players – with Toni Kroos, Manuel Neuer, Mesut Ozil and Jerome Boateng all missing.In a game which marked Italy keeper Gianluigi Buffon earning his 167th cap – equalling the European record – the hosts dominated the encounter but Germany also had their share of chances.Italy’s biggest chance came eight minutes from the end with Andrea Belotti hitting the post with a low shot.”It was a demanding game, tactically speaking,” said Germany coach Joachim Loew. “We managed to draw a lot of conclusions regarding the young players. We did it well for long stretches of the game.””We have now played six games in a row without conceding a goal so that is also a very positive thing.”Italy, unbeaten at the San Siro, got off to a better start and came close with a lightning quick break but Eder failed to properly connect with a Belotti cutback in the box, leaving Bernd Leno to pick up the loose ball.The Germans responded with a counter attack of their own and Ilkay Guendogan sent Leon Goretzka through but veteran keeper Buffon, who equalled the European record of Spain’s Iker Casillas, reacted quickly to slide in and save.advertisementThe hosts, however, kept up the pressure and forward Ciro Immobile thought he had scored when he beat the offside trap to fire past Leno only for his shot to sail narrowly wide.”The result is acceptable seeing as we played well and gave little to the world champions,” Giampiero Ventura, Italy’s coach, told reporters.”We played with different systems and I have to congratulate my players for their overall performance.”Germany put the ball in the net on the hour but Kevin Volland was ruled offside.Substitute Federico Bernardeschi almost scored with his first touch but his low drive after yet another textbook break by the Italians was saved by Leno, before Belotti hit the woodwork with his right-footed effort a little later.
Croatia’s top-ranked player Marin Cilic and Argentine Federico Delbonis will get the 2016 Davis Cup final underway in the tie’s opening singles rubber on Friday, followed by a clash between Ivo Karlovic and Juan Martin Del Potro.World number six Cilic, the 2014 U.S. Open winner, will start as a strong favourite against Delbonis while Karlovic returns to Croatia’s Davis Cup squad after a four-year absence to face 2009 U.S. Open winner Del Potro. (Also read: Rafael Nadal’s participation in 2017 Barcelona Open confirmed)Thursday’s draw in the iconic Vatroslav Lisinski concert hall also pitted Croatia’s Franko Skugor and Ivan Dodig against Leonardo Mayer and Guido Pella in Saturday’s doubles.Cilic will take on Del Potro and Karlovic is scheduled to face Delbonis in Sunday’s reverse singles. (Also read: Kei Nishikori targets big tournaments after successful 2016)Croatia, winners in 2005, are bidding for their second title while quadruple runners-up Argentina are looking for their first, standing out as the only nation to have lost four finals without lifting the trophy.Argentina have a 3-0 Davis Cup record against Croatia, winning quarter-finals in 2002 and 2012 in Buenos Aires and 2006 in Zagreb.
Goel was joined by Ajay Maken, the Sports Minister in the Goel was joined by Ajay Maken, the Sports Minister in the previous government, in criticising the move and calling it “sad and painful”. “As a former Sports Minister and sports enthusiast, the IOAs decision to appoint Kalmadi and Chautala as Life Presidents of IOA is sad and very painful. This decision is not good for sports and Indias image,” Maken told reporters. Chautala also said that he had done enough for Olympic sports in India to deserve the IOA Life Presidents post. Asked if he was not responsible for the mess boxing went through recently, Chautala said former IOA Secretary General Randhir Singh was responsible for it. Kalmadi served as the IOA president from 1996 to 2011 and was jailed for 10 months for his involvement in the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games corruption scandal but was later released on bail. Chautala, on the other hand, served as the president of the IOA from December 2012 to February 2014 when the sports body was suspended by the parent IOC for fielding charge-sheeted candidates at the elections. His election as IOA chief was annulled by the IOC. And a top IOA official, who did not wish to be named, said this annulment is the technical reason why Chautala should never have been made Life President in the first place. “Why everybody is forgetting that the IOC, a day after IOA was suspended, had declared that the election of Chautala and Lalit Bhanot as president and secretary general was null and void? The IOC had refused to recognise Chautala-led dispensation and had communicated with V K Malhotra only,” he said. “So, under the IOA Constitution, only a person who has been a president can only be made Life President. Chautala was never a president of the IOA and so can how he be made a Life President?” the official asked. There has been speculation that Chautala was elevated as Life President to placate him so that he does not create any further problem in the IOA giving recognition to the newly-formed Boxing Federation of India. The erstwhile Indian Amateur Boxing Federation, of which Chautala was a former president, is still recognised by the IOA as the NSF for boxing event though it has been de-recognised by the world body AIBA and the Sports Ministry. Sources said IOA is now inclined to consider BFIs application for recognition positively. Also speaking on the issue was Justice (retd) Mukul Mudgal, who headed a Supreme Court-appointed committee to inquire corruption in the 2013 Indian Premier League. Mudgal felt the IOA has erred. “Their (Kalmadi and Chautala) guilt is a matter of trial but I think it (elevation in IOA) was avoidable and they should not have done it. I am told this was not even on agenda. In theory, sports bodies are independent but for all events, they need state funding. The government can stop funding but it will only hurt Indian sports. Its a difficult situation,” he opined. PTI Team PM PDS PDSadvertisement
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Davis Cup holders Argentina came from behind to beat Italy in a thrilling doubles match on Saturday and keep alive their hopes of retaining the trophy for at least one more day.On a day in which Australia, France, the United States and Serbia all recorded doubles victories to move into the quarter-finals, 2016 champions Argentina and 2015 winners Britain both recorded crucial triumphs.British pair Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot defeated Canadians Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil in four sets in Ottawa to give Britain a 2-1 lead ahead of Sunday’s reverse singles.”It was a 50-50 match going into it,?? Murray told reporters after the 7-6 6-7 7-6 6-3 triumph.We knew it would be close, because everyone knows how to play doubles. So we’re pleased to give the guys two bites at the cherry tomorrow. I think we did a great job.”In Buenos Aires, reigning champions Argentina fought their way to a dramatic win in front of a passionate home crowd.Home pair Carlos Berlocq and Leonardo Mayer won the first two sets but Italians Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini fought back to level the score.Both sides had match points in a pulsating fifth set but the local boys eventually won a final-set tie break after more than four hours’ play.With heart and total commitment weve got to Sunday alive and well see what happens,?? said Argentine captain Daniel Orsanic. Weve got a lot of sporting pride and the players will give their best.??The winners will play either Belgium or Germany with the Belgians, who have never beaten their neighbours in eight previous Davis Cup encounters, 2-1 up.advertisementRubens Bemelmans and Joris de Loore defeated German brothers Alexander and Mischa Zverev in five sets to give them a slender advantage going into the reverse singles in Frankfurt.It also took five sets for Croatians Marin Draganja and Nikola Mektic to beat Spanish pair Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez in Osijek and give the home side the edge before Sundays final singles rubbers.The winners of that tie will play Serbia, who qualified on Saturday thanks to a doubles win over Russia that gave them an unassailable 3-0 victory.The other three teams to guarantee their quarter-final places were France, Australia and the United States.In Tokyo, French pair Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut dispatched home partners Yuichi Sugita and Yasutaka Uchiyama 6-3 6-4 6-4 to clinch the tie 3-0.In Melbourne, Sam Gorth and John Peers were even more dominant, beating Czechs Jan Satral and Jiri Vesely 6-3 6-2 6-2.Australia will play the U.S., who beat Switzerland 3-0 in Birmingham. Doubles pairing Steve Johnson and Jack Sock overcame Adrian Bossel and Henri Laaksonen 7-6 6-3 7-6.
All-rounder Mitchell Marsh has been ruled out of Australia’s remaining two Tests in India with a shoulder injury and will return home, the country’s cricket board said on Wednesday. (India Today Exclusive with Michael Clarke makes waves in international media)”Mitchell has been playing with a shoulder injury for most of the summer, which we have been managing up until now, but it has progressively deteriorated to a point where he is unable to function at the level required,” team physio David Beakley said in a Cricket Australia statement.”Consequently he will return to Australia to consult with specialists to advise the best course of action.”Marsh struggled with shoulder problems during Australia’s home summer and missed the team’s one-day international tour to New Zealand before the series in India, which is currently tied at 1-1.In the first two Tests at Pune and Bengaluru, Marsh scored 48 runs in four innings and bowled just five overs, all of them in the second Test, leaving his starting place in jeopardy. (Kohli calls Bengaluru Test victory sweetest under his captaincy)His replacement will be named ahead of the penultimate match of the four-Test series in Ranchi starting on March 16.Australia also have spin-bowling all-rounders Glenn Maxwell and Ashton Agar, batsman Usman Khawaja, fast bowler Jackson Bird and leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson as unused players in the squad.”It was fine when he got here but it’s gotten worse,” Australia coach Darren Lehmann said. “I was confident (Marsh was fit), I thought he played really well in the second innings in Pune where he got 31.advertisement”At the end of the day, it’s unlucky for Mitch and we move to whoever the next person who comes in. Whether we go with Usman Khawaja or Glenn Maxwell or whoever’s selected, we’ll just wait and see.”
Ravindra Jadeja gained seven points to become the sole world number one bowler in the ICC’s Test rankings. He held the top spot jointly with Ravichandran Ashwin, who lost 37 points after a dismal performance in India’s drawn Test against Australia in Ranchi.Jadeja, who took nine wickets in the third Test of the ongoing four-match series against Australia, is also the highest wicket-taker in the series with 21 scalps. He grabbed five for 124 and four for 52 in in Ranchi, to gain seven points after starting joint-first with Ashwin at 892 points. The left-arm spinner has become only the third India player after Ashwin and Bishan Bedi to top the bowling charts on his own. (Not Virat Kohli, not R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja turns out to be Australia’s chief tormenter)Jadeja has also closed in on a major landmark as his tally of 899 rating points puts him on the brink of becoming only the second India bowler after Ashwin to touch the 900-point mark. Ashwin, who had a highest rating of 904 points, has slipped 37 points behind Jadeja to 862 points after finishing with two wickets in Ranchi.Meanwhile, top-ranked Steve Smith has reached a career-high rating of 941 points after scores of 178 not out and 21. The Australia captain’s tally is the joint-fifth highest ever along with Peter May. Only Don Bradman (961), Len Hutton (945), Jack Hobbs and Ricky Ponting (942) have achieved higher rating points. (Ranchi Test: Ravindra Jadeja’s all-round heroics after Cheteshwar Pujara 202 bury Australia)India’s Cheteshwar Pujara too has reason to celebrate as his knock of 202 has helped gain four slots to reach a career-best second ranking. He has replaced New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, who is now in fifth place, also slipping behind Joe Root and Virat Kohli.advertisementThe Bangladesh pair of Shakib Al Hasan (21st) and Mushfiqur Rahim (28th), Australia’s Peter Handscomb (35th) and New Zealand batsmen Jeet Raval (43rd) and Henry Nicholls (45th) have also achieved career-best rankings. (Ranchi Test, Day 4: This is how Ravindra Jadeja, Cheteshwar Pujara, Wriddhiman Saha deflated Australia)Shakib, who took six wickets in Colombo, has displaced Ashwin from the top rank in the list of all-rounders after the two players inter-changed positions two times last week.UPDATE: @imjadeja claims No.1 spot for bowlers, @cheteshwar1 acquires career best 2nd place for batting in latest ICC Test Rankings pic.twitter.com/qG4F1sSGc8- BCCI (@BCCI) March 21, 2017
I had the pleasure of presenting with Mark Rovner and Alia McKee at the NTC on Friday, and Alia gave fantastic overview of cultural cognition for nonprofit marketing folks and fundraisers.As Alia explains:Cultural cognition refers to “the tendency of individuals to conform their beliefs about disputed matters of fact (e.g.whether global warming is real; whether the death penalty deters murder; whether gun control makes society more safe or less) to values that define their cultural identities” (Dan Kahan, The Cultural Cognition Project). In short, people tend to make decisions about their stance on controversial issues not based on facts and reason, but by conforming to the groups with which they most powerfully identify. That is why we see intense disagreement over the same facts.What’s a fundraiser to do in the face of this bias?Alia says, because cultural values trump rationality—even when it comes to evaluating science and data – we have to remember the facts alone are not enough. We need to pay much more attention to, and show much more respect for, the way those facts feel. Since people tend to endorse whichever position reinforces their connection to others with whom they share values, consider whom you identify as your spokespeople and authority figures. If you are reaching out into a different value mode, make sure your “experts” mirror the values of your target audience. For more on Alia’s insights, read the new eBook Mark, Alia and I wrote. You can find it – for free – here.
Adapted by Kristina Leroux At LinkedIn, our mission is simple: To connect the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful. Then we create economic opportunities for those professionals. And with over 95 million members, LinkedIn is a great way to connect with people from all over the world.As a nonprofit professional, you and your organization should be leveraging the connective power of LinkedIn as well to promote your career and your cause. The two main reasons your cause should be on LinkedIn? Connections and Knowledge.With the connections you make on LinkedIn, you can expand your network and build your brand. LinkedIn is also a great place to find and share information and resources.Here are 10 tips for nonprofits on how to make the most of LinkedIn.1. Enhance your professional brand to expand your network. With your profile, you control your brand and what you want people to know. But make sure your profile is 100% completed. It’s 40 times more likely a completed profile will show up in search than if it’s only 90%.2. Tap your connections. Build up your network and take advantage of it. Organize your contacts with tags such as board members, volunteers, or potential donors. Look at who your connections know and who you could reach out to.3. Create your organization’s profile and rally your supporters. Look at your organization’s profile page. Make sure the overview is up to date. You should also update your product and services tab with services your organization provides and then your supporters can recommend those services.4. Broadcast your message through your status updates. Share articles and best practices. Looking for employees? Ask for referrals in your status. Use it to promote recent news about your cause. It can even be tied directly to your Twitter account so tweets are broadcast to your LinkedIn profile as well.5. Engage through polls. Polls are a great way to get people involved. Create a poll, and send it out to your network. Encourage your network to share with people they know on LinkedIn. You will also get instant analytics.6. Find the perfect board member, major donor or volunteer. By using our advanced search, you can narrow down your results through criteria such as keywords, location, or industry. This will allow you to find more relevant candidates. Searches can be saved and new people will be added automatically.7. Join groups to gain knowledge and influence. Join industry groups that relate not only to your cause, but also groups such as professional fundraisers. You can use these groups to seek volunteers or board members. You can also use it for internal communications. If you are in a group with somebody, you can send that person a message even if you aren’t connected with them.8. Use LinkedIn Board Connect to find high quality professionals to join your board. This tool helps nonprofit leaders find professionals with the right skills, experience and social capital to help them be successful.9. Connect with experts. Update the skills section of your profile to include your talents and skills. Then learn about top people with that skill.10. Make sense of the noise: LinkedInToday. LinkedIn Today is a free service that can filter all information leaving only what would be meaningful to you. Follow industries or topics or filter by your network, location, or most popular to find the information that is most relevant to you.For more resources on using LinkedIn for your nonprofit, you can access the full recording of this webinar here: http://web.networkforgood.org/nonprofit-911-031511-recording/
My father has read every word that Charles Dickens ever wrote. Growing up, we had a matching set of volume upon volume of Dickens’ work lining our shelves, and I grew up having his books read aloud. My father loved what Dickens revealed about people, human nature and society.The anniversary of Charles Dickens’ death is coming up on June 9, and in honor of this extraordinary storyteller I wanted to share the following story about his writing.Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol after reading the Second Report of the Children’s Employment Commission, an 1843 parliamentary report on the effects of the Industrial Revolution on poor children. He had intended to write a political pamphlet in an attempt to convince British employers of the need for social and educational reform but decided he would have more influence if he were instead to write a Christmas story.*He was right. Take it from Mr. Dickens: A story has power a pamphlet lacks.Did you know that Dickens pioneered the serial? He published his stories in installments and used reader reactions as feedback that shaped his tale. So he wasn’t just a great storyteller — he was a clever marketer. And all for a cause. He brought attention to the poor and the suffering in a way that few can match.The moral of this post is to take a page from Dickens. Don’t set out to write a pamphlet. Tell a story instead. And don’t tell your story in a vacuum. Listen to what the audience says and let it shape how you tell your story over time. You will make a bigger difference. And that’s what we are all here for. As Dickens said, “A day wasted on others is not wasted on one’s self.”He also said, “Charity begins at home, and justice begins next door.” Who could help but be inspired by that? Time is short, so let’s get started.The source of the information on A Christmas Carol is John Cacioppo and Louise Hawkley’s article “Designed for Social Influence in the book “Six Degrees of Social Influence”
The Children’s Hospital at Darthmouth-Hitchcock recently posted an awesome video featuring staff and patients lip syncing and dancing to Katy Perry’s ‘Roar’. With over 1.5 million views, so many people have seen the kids at CHaD roaring! This video is a wonderful way to show the staff and patients having fun while still in what is the typical, sterile hospital environment. It sends the right message to make donors, and potential donors, feel good about what their money is supporting. Don’t you get warm fuzzies watching the staff and kids rocking out to this song? (Fair warning: this song will get stuck in your head!) Whoever chose to highlight the patients in their daily hospital setting had the right idea. Filming the kids in their rooms and play areas helps you grasp that this is their reality everyday: energetic nurses, IVs, hospital masks, gowns, machines, and wheelchairs. The only suggestion I have to make this video better would be to have the call to action embedded in the video in addition to the link posted in the about section. I’m sure they weren’t prepared for over 1 million views in such a short time, but I encourage CHaD to take advantage of their viral video success ASAP and turn those views into actions to donate! Wondering how you can make a video for your organization? Check out these 5 tips to help you get started.