What does it take to be a fundraiser?
I know, I know. There have been hundreds of articles written on this (including this one from us) and hours of conference sessions devoted to it.
But this week's got me thinking differently.
You, my fellow fundraiser - you're crazy special.
I was terrified for the first 3 years of my career (4 if I'm being totally honest).
I fell into my very first fundraising job - believing if I could sell coffee to grumpy morning people, I could surely raise money. (Helpful career hint: it's not the same AT ALL!)
After two years sorting through paper files and "raising" a tiny bit of money as it fell into my lap, I talked my way into a bigger, better job in a bigger, better town.
I felt like a fraud.
Not only at my job, but with donors.
I had no confidence - no roadmap - no clue where to go or what I was supposed to talk about.
I walked into dozens of immaculate homes, corner offices and Starbucks completely terrified - believing I would say something...