My friend and client, Jessica Dean of the Heritage Foundation, recently presented a primer for her colleagues on how to get the appointment. I asked her if I could share it with you here because, while we think we know this through intuition and experience, it doesn’t hurt to be reminded from time to time.She offered these five great suggestions for moving the appointment forward. Of course, each of us has our own style and Jessica allowed for that.1. Be persistent and tenacious. These are the hallmarks of getting close. Like many of us, she is dealing with some high net worth people who care about her cause, but they are very busy. Don’t give up and stay at it.2. Look for natural partners. Who are other members of the organization that could be connections to the person you are trying to get the appointment with. Are they business associates, went to the same school, had children in the same schools. Who could help you get the appointment? Who would be willing to call and say, “Hey, my friend Jessica is trying to reach you, I would really appreciate your taking her call.”3. Be flexible in your timing. If you really want to meet this person you have to be willing to arrange your own schedule. Be prepared to be where you need to be.4. Do your homework. Don’t work so hard to get the appointment, then fall on your face because you have not done your homework. Know as much as you can about this person and be prepared to engage them in a meaningful conversation. And then be curious about who they are and what they care about. In other words, show you know who they are and you appreciate their taking time to visit with you, but be quiet and listen.5. Focus. If you have a large geographical area to cover, segment your audience and message. For a particular age group, know the generation represented. For gender or minority groups, focus on what you want them to hear and what they might be interested in.Most of what Jessica is talks about is being prepared to demonstrate the impact your organization is having and what it can do.As you have heard me say many times, Nobody wants to give money away!But most people want to change lives.Thanks, Jessica for sharing.
Hartsook Announces Its New President
Hartsook is pleased to announce the promotion of Karin Cox to the position of President. Karin has served as Senior Executive Vice President since 2008.
Karin Cox, MFA
President and Co-Founder, Hartsook
“Karin’s well-deserved and timely promotion to President and Co-Founder recognizes her vital role in Hartsook’s creation, its present and its future,” said Hartsook Chairman and CEO Dr. Matthew J. Beem. “Because she is based in North Carolina, Karin is particularly accessible to our East Coast clients, in addition to her clients located around the country.”
Karin Cox and Bob Hartsook opened Hartsook’s doors in 1987. Since then, the organization has been active in helping nonprofits harness the Power of Philanthropy™.
Karin has served in senior leadership roles in nonprofit and business sectors, and is an author, frequent presenter and senior consultant. As Hartsook’s President and Co-Founder, she will continue to provide exceptional counsel to her clients, but also will lead Hartsook’s business development activities and growth as she simultaneously sustains the firm’s proven, reliable processes and introduces new, impactful strategies.