Taking Notes and Taking Action
There are so many educational and training resources available to nonprofit leaders and fundraisers these days, one might wonder why more organizations aren’t doing better financially.
What’s easier than participating in an online webinar and taking notes?
I should know. I conduct a monthly webinar and offer it without charge to those who participate. I choose the subjects for these based upon the recommendations of participants who complete the survey after each session.
I get a lot of takers. The thirst for knowledge seems to be out there.
During the sessions, I get a lot of questions. Seems like people want to know.
Taking notes and getting golden nuggets is easy. It even gives you the feeling that you’re accomplishing something.
What I preach—and those who know me are aware of this—is that knowledge is only the first and easiest step in effecting real change. Making something happen.
The work, the effort, is in taking the time and effort to change your mindset based upon what you’ve heard—and then act upon it. To execute. To courageously move forward despite resistance.
What I say is simple. It’s not complicated. Nor does it take vast resources to implement.
I point you in the direction of the right mindset with some key navigational markers. To make things work, you’ll need to invest about four hours a month. That’s not much for a 200 percent or 300 percent (or even greater) increase in revenue in less than a year.
Very few folks take me up on my challenge. The reason? The most common is “I’m too busy.” Busy at what?
What’s more important than creating a sustainable, expanding revenue stream which provides the resources to fulfill your mission?
The deep irony is the number of people who request the actual PowerPoint. It’s as if the secret is in the words, somehow. Hmm. There’s no secret sauce there. There aren’t even many words. Does having the slides make it happen?
I work to evoke an understanding, a way of looking at the problem that you may have not seen before. I construct the lens for you to look through.
Once you’ve seen it, nothing else remains but to act upon it. It’s up to you.
Principle 8 of The Eight Principles™ is Invest, Integrate & Evaluate™. It’s the principle of learning, coordinating, then acting—again and again. Go out and make it happen.
Success is waiting. The only obstacle is (your) inaction.
Larry believes in the power of relationships and the power of philanthropy to create a better place and transform lives.
Larry is the founder of The Eight Principles. His mission is to give nonprofits and philanthropists alike the opportunity to achieve their shared visions. With more than 25 years of experience in charitable fundraising and philanthropy, Larry knows that financial sustainability and scalability is possible for any nonprofit organization or charitable cause and is dependent on neither size nor resources but instead with the commitment to create a shared vision.
Larry is the author of the award-wining book, "The Eight Principles of Sustainable Fundraising." He is the Association of Fundraising Professionals' 2010 Outstanding Development Executive and has ranked in the Top 15 Fundraising Consultants in the United States by the Wall Street Business Network.
Larry is the creator of the revolutionary online fundraising training platform, The Oracle League.
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