Fun inventing new things!

February 26, 2018

Driving in the car…Tom and I talk a lot. (And when hiking, too! We have to carry pad and pen.)

The other day we were talking about inventing new stuff – for clients and for speaking and books and articles and…

We presented in Tucson in January. Our AFP Southern AZ pals are so supportive when we invent new stuff. We test new ideas there.

  • Our joint plenary: Savvy Fundraisers’ Quiz Show…This is soooooo cool and fun and everyone talks and there’s laughing and!!
  • Then Tom did a whole new writing workshop thing.
  • And I did a drawing workshop.

YES! Drawing. Mapping. Diagramming. How and why it can work. Participants posted their drawings. We took pictures. Hey Tusconians…I hope some of you are trying this at work!!

Sometimes when you’re well known, people think you only can do or present about the stuff you’re already known for. I suppose some people are like that. Actually, I do know people like that.

But how boring. Tom and I are always inventing and changing and reinventing and…

I like it best when an organization or conference or host comes to me and says: “We have this tiny kernel of an idea. We think maybe you could develop this.” Oh my gosh. Wow. How cool. Yes yes yes. (Of course I do know what I really don’t know and can’t or won’t learn enough about to provide a good experience. Honestly, I will say…”Digital? Nope not me!” Or “techonology including robotics – hey, I’ll fall over laughing…”)

Someday I suppose I’ll choose no longer to read and learn and initiate and invent and… But I’m planning on that not happening for a long time. I’m having too much fun still learning and changing and inventing and….

Hmmm….. Now what do I want to do? I did that whole power thing at IFC 2016. But there’s so much more and different to do about power. More about social justice. Maybe how to hire the best fundraiser, interview questions and all. I want to deeply explore measures for nonprofits and how to do it and teach it and tools and… Maybe the process of founding an organization (oh that is done sooooo poorly so often!) How about managing or getting rid of founders… More and more people talk to me about how to start and grow their own businesses. Maybe that? Or really really how to effectively enable your boss and board members and the board itself to do well what they’re supposed to do and stay away from the other stuff. Too many people (EDs and FRers) just don’t know how to do this.

So much to do. Why don’t you ask?

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.

Simone Joyaux, ACFRE, Adv Dip, is an internationally recognized expert in fund development, board and organizational development, strategic planning, and management.

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