Do you feel like you have to fill every single silence in a donor conversation?
Do you end up saying weird things, like:
“Woo, it sure is sunny outside. This weather, right?!” or
“Whew, I sure have had a lot of coffee today. Do you like coffee? I really like coffee. A little too much actually. Is it hot in here?”
I’ve used the restroom in the middle of a few donor visits just to talk to myself in the mirror:
“Calm down, crazy. You’re scaring the nice person.”
When you talk to a stranger, there are always awkward moments.
A donor once told me that the person who came to visit him a few years ago was really great, but I seemed nervous.
Which, um, made me nervous!
If you have these moments, try a few things that have helped me (almost) get over it:
Remember this quote from The Muppets Take Manhattan if you’re feeling nervous about walking into a fancy 42nd floor office, a gorgeous ocean-side mansion or just a Starbucks - people are just people. You’re a person. They’re a person. You’ll at least have this one thing in common!
You’ve got this!
Get out there. Raise more money. Change the world!