Optimistic Reaction

January 11, 2018

How about these “resolutions”? 1. Give thanks that your life is exactly as it is. 2. Decide that 2018 will be the happiest year of your life yet. 3. Every day, follow your heart and instincts down new paths.   What will the New Year bring? Development plan in full swing? Digging into the year-end […]

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Going into the New Year

December 28, 2017

It’s time for you to make time to stare into space – rest and reboot!   1. Make decisions quickly and take action. Successful people decide and DO. Make a decision. You can always make another decision. And the more you make the better you get at making great ones. Take action! Past donors in […]

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Dial Down the Drama! Dial Up Your Success!

December 14, 2017

Samantha Poremba, (with me in the photo) was an inspiration! She said, “In my large family the message was, ‘Be a thumb (pointing at yourself to take responsibility), not a finger (pointing at somebody else)!’” Love It! Be a Thumb, not a Finger! It underscores the dramatic shift we make in our fundraising and life […]

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Relationship Plans – December and Beyond

November 24, 2017

“I am a one-person development team and this (relationship-action plan) helped me with basic ideas that are doable in my fundraising plan.  I want to work with as many donors as possible, but I need to act on those with the highest capacity and interest. Thank you!”  -Lynette Many of the 650+ folks who joined […]

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Five Myths and Five Truths about Sponsorship

November 17, 2017

  Sponsorship is changing….and rapidly. Here’s what you need to think about as you plan how sponsorships will play into your giving goals…and what you need to do before the year’s end.   Sponsorship – 5 Myths and 5 Truths FIVE MYTHS 1. You can count on those long-time corporate sponsors. Nope. Companies are changing their […]

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Clearing Clutter from your Life

November 3, 2017

Ever look around your office or home and wonder how you would even begin to deal with all the stuff? Simply put, clutter is anything that gets in the way of living the life of your dreams. If you want a different job, a better relationship or greater peace of mind, but your life is […]

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When You Believe, You’ll Be Believed

October 13, 2017

Oprah Winfrey said, “Our beliefs can move us forward in life, or they can hold us back.” As we head into year-end, your beliefs will indeed play a major role in your results. I believe more than any other time of year if you believe in what you can accomplish between now and December 31st, […]

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Are your barriers real?

October 5, 2017

                For several months, our road has been torn up – beautiful old trees cut down, wires buried, bike path roughed in, and a round-about and medians added. We are just now about to lay the final new pavement. The ROAD CLOSED sign has been my daily companion […]

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Are You ON FIRE With The Possibilities?

September 16, 2017

As you move forward this fall, are you embracing the upcoming special holidays, sports and year-end fundraising tasks with excitement?  Or, are you pulling out last year’s agendas and plans, digging out last year’s decorations and putting them up in the same places with a sigh, “Where did the summer go?” Here’s a few thoughts on […]

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How To (and not to) Create Emotion and Drive Action With Stories

August 28, 2017

Stories told for good can raise millions. I’m a great storyteller. Sharing stories for 23 years about our UW-Madison faculty, research and students connected my donors to the results of their giving.  Givers felt uplifted by their giving experience. But what happens when our stories so manipulate the emotions of the listener that their lives […]

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