Dontcha just love getting Seth Godin’s posts via email? Sunday was Delight in the Weird. Well he had me at “weird”. I always considered myself an outlier or weirdo…
I read his blog and usually find a way to apply it to my fundraising, nonprofit work. This post is no exception.
I think so much of what he writes applies to our work…Nonprofits don’t necessarily like the “weird” or as Case Foundation has urged us to #befearless – but I believe we have to keep pushing for outliers and weird. Too many donors/prospects and too much good work going on – we need to learn to be flexible to meet them where they are. As fundraisers, we need to be nimble to respond to or even create the weird.
- “Bet you didn’t know mission moments” Why we do this? How we do this? What would make it better?
- “A day in the life of (insert staff/volunteer)” The weirdest and best part of the work/volunteering is…….
- “Mission moment preparedness“ Be ready when the time comes to talk about the organization. Interactive weirdness. How many places/people can we interject a 15 second elevator speech into a conversation? Role play it, make it funny. See next blog post tomorrow for ideas on this one. See my blog post here.
- “Our work – What the heck do we do anyway?” Come and find out!