I had the great opportunity to attend the AFP Leadership Academy this year. AFP conferences are always a great opportunity to network with fundraising peers across the world, catch up with friends I haven’t seen in a while, and take in some continuing education. In addition to the professional development opportunities, AFP conferences are give me a chance to see new sights, try new things, and interact with new cultures.
Part of what helps fundraisers be effective at their job is the ability to identify and empathize with donors. Toward this end I always appreciate the opportunity for new life experiences… trying new foods, testing out new hobbies, or immersing myself in a new culture. In Montreal I was able to attend a hockey game. It was quite an experience. Now I can watch a hockey game and actually know what’s going on. I’m also better able to keep my eyes on the puck. Both are skills I didn’t have prior to this conference. For those that have never been to a hockey game, here is a time-lapsed video I filmed of the Montreal Canadiens pre-game warm-up. ENJOY!