Right here, this is the face I make when I have such an incredible audience, like I had this last week at the Women in Philanthropy breakfast in Holyoke MA, and at the AFP NJ Philanthropy Day Conference. Thanks to everyone who made it to these two presentations! I had such a good time hearing… [Keep Reading]
This week I did something scary. On Friday afternoon, my friend asked me to make the ask for her first campaign kickoff on Saturday afternoon. At first I wanted to say no. I wanted to say, “Sorry, I can’t do it.” But I couldn’t do that to her. I frantically started to write a draft… [Keep Reading]
This last week I had the pleasure of speaking at the Urban Summit at Mercycorps. My topic was potentially dry. Enewsletters. Bah. What can you say about those? Luckily, I had something in my back pocket that made everyone sit up and take notice. What was it? My story. You see, in 2009… [Keep Reading]
How do you practice? By mumbling under your breath an equivalent of what you might say? Or by putting in order the scraps of paper that contain your notes? Or perhaps you think that you can practice by thinking about how you might practice.
None of this, plain and simple, is practice.
Practice is. . .
Watch for any odd facial expressions or body twitches or hitches. If you jingle the coins in your pocket, you will drive you audience nuts after a while. If you fuss with your hair, your audience will notice and be distracted. If these are ingrained behaviors, it will take a while to stop doing them. Watch your posture, too. Stand up straight, keep your body open to the audience.
Do you want to get answers to these questions?
1) Cold calling on small businesses for donations – does this work? I’m not having much luck.
2) Getting your foot into large major corporations – noone on the board is well connected.
3) Business networking – most of the chamber/professional events I go to have coupon book sellers, etc —
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So last year I did a post about looking back, thinking about what has happened, taking stock, and reflecting. This year I ask you to join me in reflecting back on what this year has brought for you. Ask yourself these questions: What’s the big idea of this year? What am I most proud of… [Keep Reading]
Don’t feel like reading today? Then just listen. I’m doing interviews on career radio shows lately about how you can get a nonprofit job, the nonprofit field, and whether, for example, you should go and get that Master’s in Nonprofit Organizations or not. Click here to go download my podcast with Maureen Anderson of the… [Keep Reading]
Donors crave recognition and attention, most of all, AMIRITE?
Do you want sponsorships? I’m giving a webinar this May, and I wanted to let you know about it! Here’s the skinny. Wildly Successful Events: How to get sponsorships A step-by-step guide to raising money via corporate sponsorships Wednesday May 5th Start Time: 1:00 PM End Time: 2:30 PM (Eastern Standard Time) Only $79.99 Do… [Keep Reading]
Rosetta Thurman said, “I’m no longer a nonprofit professional. I’m an entrepreneur.”
And she articulated something that I’ve been interested in addressing for awhile, but didn’t know how to say.