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Cut Through the Clutter – 5 Tips for Creating Successful Communications

Employee messaging: One and done – or seven times, seven ways? “I’ve sent the email, so people should know what’s …

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Planning Inclusive Holiday Communications to Positively Engage Employees

Executive communications planning for holidays, celebratory months and company milestones.

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LGBTQ+ Focused Nonprofits to Support This Giving Tuesday

Share Kindness and Generosity Giving Tuesday aims to spread kindness and generosity to those who need it most. Whether you …

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Layoffs – Eight Tips to Navigate Job Cuts with Empathy and Proactive Communications

Corporate downsizing: How to effectively manage layoffs with empathy and proactive change communications. We’ve likely all witnessed how an employer …

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‘Tis the Season: Tips for Writing End-of-Year Messaging that Engages Employees

To engage employees, keep your year-end messaging authentic, positive and honest. Most importantly, make sure it’s not about you. Year-end …

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Fast 50 2022

Pivot Debuts at No. 10 on Fast 50 List by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

First year appearing on the list, Pivot Strategies is recognized as one of the fastest-growing private companies in the Twin Cities …

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Should we think about communicating less in the age of information overload?

With internal communications, it turns out that more is not always better. It’s hardly news that Americans are subjected to …

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Our Graphic Designer Shares 5 Design Tips for PowerPoint

Pivot Strategies’ designer, Wil Taylor walks you through five essential visual design tips everyone creating a presentation in PowerPoint should …

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How to Make Your IT Communications Shine – Top Tips from a PR Pro

Writing about information technology can be complex and confusing. Keep these four simple steps in mind to make your communications …

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Important Steps to Make World Mental Health Day a Priority

Building a strong mental health community in your workplace in a a few simple steps. With the right support in …

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Your Communications Team is Drowning

Okay that might be a bit dramatic, they are not literally drowning, but they are likely overworked. Working in corporate communications at four different large companies, one theme remains the same, communications teams are exhausted and overworked.

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Huddle Recap – Do Hard Things: What would you do if you weren’t scared?

Join us on Zoom Tuesday, July 14 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. CST to listen, learn and discuss what it takes to take the next step when it’s not the easy move to make.

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Leading Change During Unprecedented Times

How does a leader navigate constant change?

Awareness of the change management process is the first step.

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Your Communications Plan is not a Change Plan

While communication is a solid foundation upon which a change plan can be built, communications plans are not a substitute for a robust, long-term change plan.

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The Power of Expectations

Why do we love Fridays so much? At face value, it seems like Saturday or Sunday should be people’s favorite day of the week. Generally, Saturday and Sunday are the days we get to take work off, sleep in, and spend time with our families.

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Communications, Authenticity & Corporate Social Responsibility

Communications, Authenticity & Corporate Social Responsibility: Or – How to talk about social issues in a responsible way.

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Change Management & Social Progress

What change management theory can tell us about changing hearts and minds.

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Celebrating 5 Years of Pivot

Where have the last five years gone? Since 2015, Pivot Strategies has focused on keeping pace with rapid change, growing and overcoming challenges. Those values got us through the last five years, and they are guiding us now as we face an uncertain future.

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How to Lead Authentically From Home

A few tips from the Global Leadership Network on leading during a global pandemic.

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How to Avoid Zoom Fatigue

“Zoom fatigue” has swept across the working world. Thankfully, there are tools to fight it.

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Huddle Recap: Intersection of Communications & Change Management

The intersection of communications and change management is robust – check out our Huddle recap for some helpful insights.

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Riding the Corona Rollercoaster

Flexibility has always been central to Pivot’s culture. Our adaptability has enabled us to thrive even when our team members are oceans apart. So, you can imagine my surprise to discover how deeply my team and I have been impacted by COVID-19.

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“Teamlancing” Is the Best of Both Worlds

Have you ever had the desire to try freelancing? I certainly did. The variety of the work and companies with the opportunity to continually learn, develop, gain new perspectives and apply those new skills were all very appealing aspects.

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Finding the Silver Linings in an Unprecedented Situation

For all of us, this is a time like we have never experienced. It is challenging, filled with worry, fear and uncertainty. All parts of our lives have been impacted – our daily routines, social life, work – everything is different. The change can feel overwhelming, and as if it’s all beyond our control.

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Embracing the New Normal

These are unprecedented times. The rapid changes in our world are upending our norms and making us rethink how we function under new constraints. My hope is that we will come out of this pandemic with new abilities, new solutions and new ideas that make us better.

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Internal Communications: Tips on Prioritizing

In this issue, we are featuring additional tips from communications leaders who presented at the January Huddle.

For those who missed this session, we want to share some of our favorite take-aways from the evening.

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The Intersection of Communications and Change Management

Join us Tuesday, March 10 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Located at 1330 Lagoon Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408. Listen and interact with our expert panel from Fairview Health Services, Medtronic, Coloplast and Pivot Strategies as they talk about the connection, partnership and differences between communications and change management. Where do these roles overlap? Learn about when each is needed, how to divvy up roles and the sweet spot for working together.

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Do Your Goals Work Together?

What makes goals achievable? Setting small daily priorities to make progress each day. Recently, at our very first Huddle, we discussed setting and protecting priorities. One of our panelists, Beth McGuire, vice president of provider marketing and communications at United Healthcare, provided some incredible insights on how she sets well-rounded priorities. 

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What to Look for in a Trainer

Training can be one of those overlooked parts of a project. But, if the project requires people to do their job differently in order to capture the value, then it is an essential part of your project. Training helps foster the change and allows users to strengthen their skills to succeed in their role.

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The First Huddle

In January, Pivot Strategies had the privilege of hosting our first Huddle. The Huddle is an opportunity for Internal Communications practitioners to come together to share best practices and network. 

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