When pressed for communications solutions, many organizations turn to consultants like us to assist with strategy development, branding, message creation, audience research, media relations, social media campaigns, crisis management, and even content creation and tools.
But at LightBox Collaborative, we believe there’s a clear link between smart strategy and fully-realized organizational capacity. Even the smartest strategy won’t win unless and until you’ve aligned your resources to put it to work.
Which is why, in addition to all the services noted above, we also offer a full range of services to help organizations strengthen their internal communications infrastructure and practice. We believe in building stronger organizations, networks and movements to achieve our shared vision for a better future, and we know that strong communications is one of the most important tools we have to win. So if your organization is at an inflection point where you’re looking to build communications capacity, grow your team, or realign communications resources for greater impact – we can help! Below are just a few ways we’ve structured consulting engagements to support clients in strengthening their in-house communications infrastructure, capacity and practice.
Communications Audits & Infrastructure Assessments
Through a discovery process that includes outside review of organizational communications materials as well as qualitative interviews with internal and external stakeholders, LightBox Collaborative can hold a mirror up to your organization, and offer recommendations on how to strengthen not only your external-facing reputation, but also the internal tools, structures and processes required to communicate your vision in order to achieve that desired reputation. This can include:
- Recommendations for emergent/growing communications departments (and cross-department teams) on how to best come together to advance your message to multiple audiences;
- Clarification and alignment of staffing roles, team workflow and division of labor; and
- Identifying opportunities for refinement of current systems, practices and skills.
Through our participation in Radical Communicators Network, as well as our long time partnerships with SPIN Academy and the Nonprofit Communications Institute, our team has built a wide network of emerging and veteran communications professionals. We’re happy to put our network to work in finding you the best communications talent to build out your team. Whether it’s circulating job descriptions and networking on your behalf to build a candidate pool, screening resumes or interviewing potential communications leaders to see if they’re a fit, we can bring our network and our knowledge to bear as you build your organization’s communications capacity.
Coaching and Counsel
Sometimes, you just need boost. Or perhaps a thought partner, or just some outside perspective. So we offer communications content coaching and strategic counsel for individual staff members and/or teams. These time-limited engagements are designed to support real-time learning and hands-on skills building as leaders, teams and organizations work through challenges and build new strengths.
Communications Content Training
Whether you’re an emerging professional or a veteran communicator, there are always opportunities to grow your skills and stretch your thinking. Our team offers a wide variety of trainings and workshops to build and leverage the skills of your staff members, with topics ranging from strategy development, message crafting, brand strategy, social media skills and much, much more.
If any of this is up your alley, get in touch! We want to hear from you.
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