What I Learned at the Nonprofit Storytelling Conference – Day 2
November 12, 2016 / /
No preamble, right to the list on this one . . .
- This really is the best conference out there. Other conferences look at it and go, “Dang, that’s the conference I want to go to;
- A human brain can only handle so much Tom Ahern in one day because it just cannot process that much information
- To wit: “It is criminally inefficient to suck at Thank You because it’s all you have to offer” damn
- What is your SMIT – Single Most Important Thing (to say, tell a donor, etc.). From Tom Ahern quoting Sean Triner
- I had a whole mini coaching session with Sean Triner before I knew Who He Is and when I found out it left me a little gobsmacked. He told me I bored him to tears. It’s true, I did.
- Sean Triner should absolutely be on your ‘Run, Do Not Walk’ list
- The nonprofit space is full of brilliant, caring, compassionate, kind people who are doing great work and are an inspiration. I spent two days with 600 of them
- We all have very similar challeng . . . er, opportunities . . . And if we tackled them, really tackled them, we could elevate the NPO/fundraising space to incredible levels
- We all struggle with a lack of respect and understanding of what fundraising is – by our communities, our colleagues, our leadership. And we have a responsibility to own that fundraising is a specific skill that is learned, trained and honed. And we have to get much, much better at speaking truth to power on that and claiming our space. #hallwayconversations
- FUNDRAISING IS NOT MARKETING AND MARKETING IS NOT FUNDRAISING. Didn’t actually learn this, just reinforced it
- I probably “ConferenceTweet” too much, but I get excited.
- “If you’re not making friends, you’re doing it wrong.” – Andy Crestodina. Made some friends this week.
- Andy Crestodina – online strategy. Seriously incredible.
- Marc Pitman says, to extroverts, that people won’t think you’re mad if you close s sentence with a period and not an exclamation point. I do not believe this.
- I miss my dogs, now, so that’s the sign of a good trip and it’s time to go home.
- Oh, and #FundraisingDogs needs to be a thing – the dogs of fundraisers and a virtual conference for them when all their moms and dads are at conferences. Who’s in?