It’s banquet season, so we have brought in Kirk Walden and David Bereit to talk with Jor-El Godsey about some of their tips and tricks to holding a successful fundraising event. From fires, falling onstage, and protesters to powerful client moments and overwhelming financial support, Kirk and David have experienced a lot in their travels!
- Click here for Heartbeat’s manual, Banquet Planning from Scratch
- Click here for David’s training, The Art of the Ask
- Don’t assume that attendees know everything about your mission and who you serve.
- Illustrate your mission by telling stories of the families who have been served by your organization
- Don’t apologize for asking for money. Remember that you are giving people a chance to be a part of your amazing mission!
- Speak the language of your audience (using terms and explanations that the audience can connect with).
- Be flexible as unforeseen events may disrupt your banquet; be sensitive to what the distraction may be and remember that your audience is with you. They understand!
- Remember those who wanted to make it to the banquet but were not able to, or those who were not ready to give that night. Maximize what happens after the banquet by connecting with people who want to give later.
Sponsored by: Ambassador Speakers Bureau