I sent out a special email on Monday to those who are signed up for the Step by Step Fundraising newsletter.  It included some of the tips that I also posted here:  Annual Fund Drive, End-of-year Fundraising Success Strategies.

I got an email back from Tony with some great comments that maybe you can relate to.

Hi Sandra,

Thank you for this special edition and especially for the three step plan “It’s Fundraising Time Again“.  You made a very important point in step 2 and I hope everyone who gets to read the publication will pick it out and always remember to apply it.  A detailed planning meeting does not necessary need too many people.

From personal experience, the more people you invite to such meetings, the more rowdy, less focused and unnecessarily prolonged the meeting becomes, and at the end of the day you achieve very little in terms of planning and strategizing.

Thank you once again for all your effort.

Tony Onyema
Abuja, Nigeria

The expression “too many cooks spoil the soup” comes to mind!  I can sure remember being trapped in a room with too many people, resulting in a long and unproductive meeting.

What are some of the struggles you’ve had with meetings?  What are some ways that you’ve overcome them?  Leave a comment below…

Posted on 30 October 2009

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