2013 AFP International Conference on Fundraising [Preview]

Before I register for the AFP International Conference the first thing I consider is, “what do I hope to gain from this trip?” You see, for me this annual conference is more than a smorgasbord of best practice examples and how-tos. I view the conference as a way to recharge my batteries, renew my resolve, […]

Thoughts on Future and Current Board Members

If you want to encourage a board culture that seeks out authoritative sources to help inform their governance role, you may want to consider giving a board member an article, blog post, or book (either physically, or on loan through an e-reader). Ask them to summarize the text at a future meeting. Here are some recommended resources….

Social Media WIN – Authenticity in Action

In an earlier post I outlined an example of a social media failure. In that example I related how I was contacted by somebody that wanted to add me to their professional network. Following this experience I thought it only fair to give equal attention to an example of a social media success story.

Thank You Montreal: An AFP Leadership Academy Reflection

Part of what helps fundraisers be effective at their job is the ability to identify and empathize with donors. 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.

Social Media FAIL and the Importance of Authenticity

In our face-to-face conversations, men tend to use the communication modes of power, report, information, and conflict. Women prefer to use solidarity, rapport, community, and avoidance. In online communication women are slightly more likely to employ conflict and men are slightly more open to using rapport. However, for men the use of rapport is at odds with the face-to-face behavior which creates dissonance in the perceived authenticity. By understanding these eight different modes of communication you can be more reflective on how you are communicating and refine your message to build authenticity.