- Fri, May 18 2012
- Filed under: Fundraising essentials
GuideStar has an interesting article about fundraising styles this week. Andrea Kihlstedt has identified four “Asking Styles.” All of them can be effective - the importance is knowing which you are and being yourself.
Says Kihlstedt: “The more we can be ourselves, the more we will be able to follow our donors’ cues—adapting our presentations to match what they need.”
Which style are you?
There's no right answer, according to Kihlstedt: "Whether you are an introvert or extrovert, analytic or intuitive, you can ask in a powerful and effective way. Some people are better listeners; others light up a conversation. Some are masters of facts and data; others prefer simple big ideas. Some quiet people are powerfully compelling when they share why they care. Others are more talkative and goal oriented. Having a simple system of asking styles so that people can see the power in their own styles helps each person—whether staff or board—find the courage to ask in the way that suits him or her best."
You can learn more by reading the whole article here.