Fundraisers: Just Shut Up Already

By | January 30, 2014

fundraisers, just shut up already

It wasn’t the first time I’d seen something like this.

Once again, I watched as a colleague confidently strode toward the party. Eager to talk to any and everyone in the room, she helped herself to a drink and went to work.

In the fundraising biz, it’s easier to be an extrovert. Extroverts don’t hesitate to wade into a room full of strangers. They don’t mind phoning someone they’ve never met.

Of course, most extroverts use their powers for good.
But some people seem to have only one setting.

Those of us who are not so outgoing usually feel envious. But I noticed something interesting. There was my gregarious colleague, talking and having a wonderful time. But her “targets” were looking like something between politely bored and trapped.

Of course, most extroverts use their powers for good. But some people seem to have only one setting. Yes, they’re confident. But their ability to talk to anyone can also be a flaw.

They can talk to anyone, but they don’t know how to stop talking.

As I often tell my kids, your ears don’t work when your mouth is going.

2 thoughts on “Fundraisers: Just Shut Up Already

  1. Clay Myers-Bowman

    While it takes both good listening and speaking skills, people who are better listeners make better fundraisers.

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