Successful Fundraising: getting chosen over the competition
Monday, 11 Feb, 2019
Successful Fundraising: getting chosen over the competition

Your important nonprofit or exciting startup helps the world be a better place. But now you’ve got to raise money. You’ve created a terrific pitch deck, have a highly competent management team and terms, and have identified donor prospects with major gift potential. You’ve designed a multi-channel approach to build relationships with small investors to excite them to becoming large investors. Why aren’t you raising all the funding you deserve?

Asperger’s, Max, and Me
Monday, 11 Feb, 2019
Asperger’s, Max, and Me

I am addicted to the TV show Parenthood. In it, a 12-ish-year-old boy named Max has Asperger’s.

Checklist for Influencers: questions for sellers, coaches, leaders, change agents
Monday, 11 Feb, 2019
Checklist for Influencers: questions for sellers, coaches, leaders, change agents

Most of you are really good at what you do: as influencers, sellers, coaches, change agents, or leaders, your intuition, excellent skills, and history of success guide your ability to facilitate change for your clients. And yet using conventional models and questions it’s inevitable that your interactions will have bias, and will unwittingly restrict possible outcomes accordingly. Since any bias you enter with will most likely skew the range of answers, the best option would be to enter each interaction with as

Influencers vs. Facilitators: essay on enabling change congruently
Monday, 4 Feb, 2019
Influencers vs. Facilitators: essay on enabling change congruently

Many learning tools and programs provide tools for Influencers

The Business of Kindness
Monday, 28 Jan, 2019
The Business of Kindness

I’ve recently heard people discussing ‘kindness’ as a business strategy. I’m so pleased.

Why We Get Objections
Monday, 28 Jan, 2019
Why We Get Objections

For years I’ve written about how sales suffer because the sales model, designed to seek buyers and place solutions by information sharing and gathering, ignores the vast opportunity to close more sales by adding the function of facilitating Buyer Readiness (i.e. systemic change). The absence of this capability restricts sales to searching for those ready to buy, and causes objections en route:

You’re getting objections not because of your terrific solution,