I don’t DO networking Guest Blog by Gemma Pettman

‘Why don’t you come along to Charity Meetup?’, I asked them. ‘I’m too busy’ ‘I don’t DO networking’ ‘I won’t know anyone’ ‘I don’t need any more clients at the moment’ ‘I don’t want to be sold to’ ‘I get nervous in rooms full of people’ When I went freelance five years ago I ploughed my energies into my work, not really looking very far outside the bubble I occupied. I networked, of sorts, but […]

Ready, Steady, Cook – Fundraising Strategy in a bag Guest Blog by Lisa Gagliani

Guest Blog by Lisa Gagliani MBE MinstF I have a simple view of life generally. I do not much care for overly complicated thought leadership. I have spent much of my time this past two years as a grant-maker with a twist. Whenever I have tried to guide prospective grantees on how to de-complicate their massive fundraising dilemma – and trust me, that’s what most small charity fundraiser’s life amounts to – I have resorted to the […]

Making New But Long-lasting Connections – Guest Blog by Lizzie Clark

Why am I writing this blog? It’s not a trick question. The plain and simple answer is because I was asked to. I was asked to write it by the marvellously well-connected Dawn Newton, a woman who manages to bring a passionate zeal to a subject that many of us find…well a bit toe-curling. Yes, I speak of the dreaded networking. Whilst I am no shrinking violet, I’ll happily admit that before I attended the […]

Inspired listening – Guest Blog by Anstey Bligh

Question, how many charity events do you go along to where you come away with printouts of the presentations from guest speakers that sit in your bag and gather dust, because you have every intention of contacting the speaker as their talk was fascinating and you connected but then you just never get around to it? Quite frankly, this evening was different! The guest speakers were superb, extremely relevant to the billing and approachable. The […]

Is your professionalism killing your creativity? Guest Blog by Lucy Gower

This guest blog is by Lucy Gower, our phenomenal speaker for the Charity Meetup in February 2016. Lucy also ran practical activities with the group to help them implement their learning and practice encouraging creativity and innovation in their workplaces. When I ask people if they think they are creative they usually shy away from the question, either not believing that they are, or somehow embarrassed to admit it. In case you are in any doubt […]

Connecting at the charity meetup – Guest Blog by Ruby Kvalheim

Charity Meetup seemed to me a gathering of a warm and supportive bunch of people, who want to help each other succeed. The evening was centred around actionable change, offering techniques, support and encouragement. Great inspiration after a long Tuesday at work! Around 50 people came to the event, yet the atmosphere was one of a cosy group chat, with plenty of interaction during talks, as well as time for one to one discussions. I […]

My Charity Meetup Experience – Guest Blog by Fiona Salter

Do you remember the Invisible Woman, the character from the classic series Fast Show? Whenever she piped up in a meeting she seemed to be unheard, but her ideas were appropriated by her (usually male) colleagues. I loved this, but it made me squirm because it felt like every meeting I’d ever been in. If you’re slightly introverted, or just scrupulously polite, where does this behaviour leave you in the modern workplace, and, most especially, […]

5 Reasons Why Charities Need To Meet Up

Now so much of our communication happens online, I think meeting up face to face is more important than ever. Once you make a connection with someone in the ‘real’ world you build a much deeper understanding of that person than merely tweeting them. I think we are all craving real discussion and need to try and be more social. I go to lots of events but I still find it nerve-racking striking up conversations […]

Networking for introverts: top tips – Guest Blog by Jennifer Campbell

Networking. What’s your reaction to that word? If you’re anything like me, it might be an eye roll and a mutter of ‘if I must’. It’s not my favourite thing in the world. There, I’ve admitted it. At the end of a hard day, as an introvert, I crave a little quiet and alone time, not a noisy, hot room full of strangers and small talk. Meeting new people is great. But so many people […]

Feel the fear and do it anyway – Guest Blog by Alice Sachrajda

I was travelling back from a long day delivering training in Sheffield recently when I remembered that I’d seen an eventbrite invite for a Charity Meetup networking event. I had a little conversation with myself (come on, we all do it) which went a bit like this: “Alice, you’ve just gone freelance – this is exactly the sort of event you should be going to…” And in reply: “But I’m tired and hungry and networking can be […]