How to be a fundraising champion
Rebecca Curtis-Moss on why you should consider submitting a paper to the Scottish Fundraising Conference.
‘Me? Speak at a conference?! But I’m not an expert! And I don’t really *do* public speaking’. Sound familiar? This is what I said to a friend who suggested I submit a proposal for the Scottish Fundraising Conference, back in 2015. For a profession where the ability to extol the virtues of a non-profit is seen as an absolute must, us fundraisers can be excruciatingly humble when it comes to recognising our own abilities, skills and expertise.
So, without further ado, here are my top three reasons as to why you should be more confident in your abilities and take the plunge to speak at #IoFScotConf18.
1. Sharing is caring
Have you done something at work that you’re really proud of? Or maybe it’s the other way round - have you made a mistake which you think others can learn from? For me, it’s been a mixture of positive and negative learning experiences which has helped me to shape previous conference sessions, and will undoubtably shape future ones, too. It’s important to remember that failure is the greatest teacher of all; that no one is perfect. A lot of respect can be gained from sharing what you learnt from your mistakes with your peers.
2. Be an innovator
Even if you’re in a job you love, with a charity that you adore, you should always be thinking of that next step in your career, and what you can personally do to help shape that. Speaking at a national event like the Scottish Fundraising Conference is a great way to get noticed in your field, build your influence, and grow your network. Oh, and develop your public speaking skills!
3. Grab a freebie
If you work for a small charity, you may find that you have either a minuscule training budget, or that you don’t have one at all. Speaking at a conference is a great way to access training and networking, without the price tag.
If you'd like to apply for a one hour session, you can do so here. If you'd like to apply for a two hour masterclass, or plenary, you can do so here. If you'd like any more information you can contact the conference support team at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can find Rebecca on Twitter @rebecca_curtis