2014 Winter conference focuses on collaboration and communication
Thanks to all the speakers, exhibitors, sponsors and 500 standing-room-only participants for making NDOA’s 2014 Winter Conference on Jan. 28 such a huge success.
We shared a true spirit of commitment and collaboration — yes, collaboration and not competition as keynote speaker Tom Suddes showed us with an arm wrestling challenge that got the room buzzing with laughter. Tom challenged us to think deeply and differently about our professional vocabulary. We don’t raise money for charities. We advance philanthropy in our world. We don’t ask people for donations. We present them with opportunities to invest in causes that matter most to them.
One line that particularly resonated was, “Don’t make decisions for your prospect.” We must open our minds to different notions of what success means. It could be a six-figure donation — no, investment (sorry, Tom!). It could be a new volunteer project. Whatever it is, we succeed when we get people engaged and eager to make a lasting impact in their communities.
Nearly two dozen breakout sessions and 26 exhibitors gave us even more opportunities to learn, make connections and feel a renewed motivation for the great work we do. Be sure to attend our spring conference in June!
See more fun Winter Conference photos on our Facebook page!