How Mr. T can help your nonprofit fundraising. Seriously.

Here's a short video explaining one of the most important aspects of fundraising: shutting up.

When you've done all the researching, engaging, and you've just made the ask...the decision is out of your control. And that's ok.

In my fundraising training, I recommend picturing Mr. T at this moment. He'll help keep you from confusing your donor and losing money for you nonprofit.

Watch this video to see why:

For more common sense, real-life strategies on asking for money, check out my Ask Without Fear! fundraising book and fundraising DVD.

About Marc A. Pitman

Marc A. Pitman is the CEO of The Concord Leadership Group, the author of Ask Without Fear! and director of The Nonprofit Academy. A coach to leaders around the world, Marc's expertise and enthusiasm engages audiences and has caught the attention of media organizations as diverse as Al Jazeera and Fox News. Marc’s experience also includes pastoring a Vineyard church, managing a gubernatorial campaign, and teaching internet marketing and fundraising at colleges and universities. He is the husband to his best friend and the father of three amazing kids. And if you drive by him on the road, he’ll be singing 80’s tunes loud enough to embarrass his family! You can connect with him on Google+, on Twitter @marcapitman, and like "Ask Without Fear!" on Facebook.
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  1. I pity the fool who doesn't listen.

  2. Great reminder Marc. The jibba jabba stops here! Yes, there are plenty of benefits to listening carefully. That includes creating a feeling of goodwill in the relationship as well as avoiding common conversation traps like misunderstandings and unnecessary conflict. Thanks for this laser-focused tip.

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