Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia

YOU, building meaningful professional relationships

In Fundraising, Relationship Building on August 20, 2014 at 3:36 pm


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How many people do YOU connect with in the run of a day? I think that depends on what your profession is. If you’re a fundraiser, there’s a good chance that YOU will be connecting with staff, donors, sponsors and board members all in the same week.

It takes time to develop meaningful working relationships whether it’s inside the office or out.  YOU need to learn about the other person’s work ethic, how they react to situations, how much YOU can trust them and they need to learn all of these things about YOU.

Today’s topic seems like an easy thing and maybe YOU think that your professional relationships are just fine. However, there is always something  YOU can do to improve your professional relationships.

Here are a few things I have learned so far during my career as a professional fundraiser.

1. Be positive. If YOU go in with a positive attitude, YOU can’t lose. Even in difficult situations, having a positive attitude will help YOU identify opportunities and those around YOU will recognize that.

2. Stay true to your word. If YOU promise a donor that you’ll follow-up with them, YOU have to do just that. How else will they learn to trust YOU and your brand?

4. Connect.  It doesn’t always have to be about work! Get to know more about the people you work closely with. Take an interest in a hobby of theirs, ask about their family, send a sympathy card if it’s known they’re going through a difficult time. Tune in!

5. Do something special. In many of our blog posts, we have covered the importance of saying thank you, and saying it in a creative way. If you’re out and about, make a point to go and see some of your sponsors and bring them a coffee to brighten their day.

6. Show that you’re a team player. Take every opportunity YOU have to show that you’re a team player. Volunteer to take on an extra project in your department, or do a favor for a colleague. If those YOU work with know they can count on YOU, this will strengthen your relationship.

These are just a few suggestions but I’d love to hear from YOU! Leave a comment and tell us how YOU build meaningful professional relationships.

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