Every year I do a list of “aha” moments from congress . (See my blog post from a few years back.) But this year, I’ve changed up my tune. I’m sharing the five implementable moments from congress – things that I can incorporate right away into my daily work that will change my way of working.
It's impossible to be in every session at Congress. There's too many! If you are interested in hearing what the "collective brain trust of fundraising mojo" had to say about their favorite parts of congress, JOIN MEon a Google Hangout on December 11th, from 1-2pm EST. Send me an email at [email protected] or follow this link and I'll put you on the reminder list for the webinar.
Now, back to my "do-now" discoveries from Congress.
Here is my list of earth-stopping phrases that I heard at AFP Congress this year. These are the ones that really made me think about what I am doing, and how I am doing it. You can sSend me your "aha" moments in the comments section below.
1) Your donor sees his or her thank you card as the beginning of the relationship, while more often than not, the organization sees the thank you card as the ending of the relationship –Tom Ahern2) You can’t do it all. You are just going to have to choose what falls off your desk – Karen Osborne, The Osborne Group3) Millennials (young people between 12 and 31 years of age) see themselves on equal footing, and equal hierarchy with fundraisers and staff who have been in the business for over 15 years. Get over yourselves and accept the fact that good ideas can come from anywhere – Barbara Talisman. Link to PPT slides from “Millennials in the workplace” here.