April 21, 2014

What fun I had presenting at the AFP Golden Horseshoe Chapter conference last week. I’m always collecting comments and perspectives and insights.

From Christina Laughren, Food Bank of Waterlook Region:

  • Communications breakdown is a breakthrough. Yes! A breakdown can help us see. Hopefully a breakdown forces us to learn and change – and that’s our breakthrough.
  • Be a voice, not an echo. Oh my yes! Stop reiterating something someone else said. Sure, affirm it. But use your own words. Also, think for yourself. Add value with your experience and insights. Speak out!

Heather, Nelson, conference chair, shared this quote from Zig Zigler:

  • F-E-A-R has two meanings: Forget Everything And Run! (As Seth Godin says, that’s our lizard brain; our biological imperative. Sadly, we choose that too often.) And the other meaning? Face Everything And Rise. Surely we can hold ourselves accountable for more rising than running. Yes, it takes courage. But your cause is worth it. You are worth it. And your organization, cause, colleagues, and community deserve the rising.

Thanks Heather and Christina.

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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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