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:
How did anyone raise any money before email?
It's like traveling before Google Maps!
But, email can also be infuriating.
Have you ever spent hours pouring over just the right words, re-reading your email a thousand times, checking your grammar and punctuation only to get absolutely no response?
Have you ever gotten so few replies that you actually started to wonder if there was something wrong with your computer? (I've so done this. I've emailed a friend just to make sure my email was working. It sucks so much when you realize it IS working, people are just ignoring you!)
Have you ever just given up and started sending "form" emails? You know, where you just change the name at the beginning and send out a zillion messages hoping for just a few replies?
You are not alone!
Getting the visit is the hardest thing about fundraising.
Spam filters and massively busy people with massively full inboxes don't make our jobs any easier.
In our next few posts, we'll walk through the steps to...
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If you raise money – for a living or as a volunteer for a cause you love – please let us know your challenges, what tools could help?
Is your challenge “making the ask?” Or turning a conversation to money? Starting a conversation with a cold call? Or just knowing who to call?
When we started, none of this seemed obvious – there was no manual and our early jobs provided no training.
In snowy Chicago at a recent CASE conference, we realized we were not alone: everyone is struggling with this!
In a room of 200 professional fundraisers, only three had received any formal training. Holy cow! After our presentation, dozens of people contacted us to get a simple productivity tool.
And that's why we decided to create Fundraiser's Monthly as a resource – that will grow to be a giant resource! – for all you mission-driven fundraisers out there.
If you need a mentor, we’re offering! If you...