September 9, 2012

Recently a colleague commented that workshops/conferences are “gateways” to professional development. I like that word “gateways” and what it connotes.

We can learn key principles in the body of knowledge. Reaffirm and reinforce what we already know. Identify a new point to share with boards and bosses. Stimulate thinking about the work that we do.

But gateways are only gateways. What are next steps?

— Application. Do the stuff. Test and modify how we do the stuff.

— Learn more through reading. My blogs certainly recommend lots of readings in this sector and field. But really good professionals read beyond the nonprofit sector and the fundraising field. Read in tangential fields. Read in different sectors and fields. I recommend lots of readings there, too.

— Create conversations with peers. Ask cage-rattling questions to stimulate more conversations.

By the way, check out these gateways: FundCoaches. TDC. Third Sector New England.Check out my workshop/training schedule, too.

About Simone Joyaux

A consultant specializing in fund development, strategic planning, and board development, Simone P. Joyaux works with all types and sizes of nonprofits, speaks at conferences worldwide, and teaches in the graduate program for philanthropy at Saint Mary’s University, MN. Her books, Keep Your Donors and Strategic Fund Development, are standards in the field.

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