Did you know there are more than 1.5 million non-profit organizations registered in the U.S? If you work for one of them you know it can be tough to make your company stand out. How can you get a potential donor to relate to your special cause when there are so many non-profits out there vying for attention?
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How many times have you been to a fundraising event where the speakers drag on and the video presentations seem to continue forever? I know it’s happened to all of us.
I’ve emceed and attended enough charitable events to know when one is a success or a bust. I often get asked to emcee and I’m given scripts to read that are detailed, long and basically thank everyone from the president to the janitors.
Well, maybe not really but my point is the biggest problem with most fundraisers:they are long winded and just plain boring. So what’s a charitable organization to do?
Happy New Year? Seriously! Where did the time go? We say it every year. As I look back I realize I have so much to be thankful for. A lot has happened. I remember being unsure of myself as I rang in 2015 and I’m sure I’ll have a lot of questions when I welcome in 2016.
But here’s what I know. It’s all about you and your mindset. Sure, we never know what the new year will bring but isn’t that uncertainty part of the excitement? The possibilities are endless. We just have to believe, confirm and validate.
I’m not talking about New Year’s Resolutions. Studies have found they don’t work. Here’s what does …setting goals. But not just talking about them put them in print.
Dr. Gail Matthews, a professor from Dominican University in California did a study on goal setting and found that you are 42% more likely to achieve your goals just by writing them down.
Last year I remember gathering a few of my girlfriends with snacks and wine and a lot of magazines to put together a “vision board.” Do you know what those are? It’s basically a tool on which you write down or display images that represent whatever you want to be, do or have in your life.
Some people go all out with these. Here’s my vision board I put together last year. It’s pretty basic.
The theme was mostly about reaching success with my new company and maintaining a life balance both professionally and personally. One of my girlfriends envisioned a new beginning after divorce and a new love in her life. The others were looking for success with changes going on in their lives for both family and work. Initially, they rolled their eyes at me and thought this was a crazy idea. But in the end, everyone had fun and we all agreed this was a great idea; putting our visions, life’s hopes and dreams in words on hardcopy for us to see and the universe to hear. Mine now sits prominently in my home office. So whenever I sit down at my computer to work, I can go back over what I wished for, what is actually happening and what is yet to be.
So how does it look to me a year later? Many of my visions have already come true. Those that haven’t just yet will be prominently placed on my new vision board to make sure it’s still a priority for me in 2016. I know it all sounds so cheesy and hokey but it’s a great constant reminder for me.
Looking back on my vision board and speaking to my friends about theirs, it’s fun to see how far we’ve all come. And I can’t wait to see how far we will go. Happy New Year to all and here’s to a 2016 filled with your visions, goals and dreams coming true.
Have you made a vision board? Do you have other ways of setting your goals? Share your tips and suggestions.
It has officially been one year since I started my company, Sylvia Perez Productions. Wow! Have I learned a lot and Wow! I have so much more to learn.
One thing I know for sure is the business world is definitely different from the broadcast world. As a journalist we are given tight deadlines. Typically you would get an assignment in the morning and have to be done in time for the 11, 4, 5, or 6pm news.
Are you an animal lover? Have you ever thought about becoming a foster parent to a pet? It’s something that never crossed my mind until recently.
According to the ASPCA, 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year and 3.9-million of those are dogs. 1.2 million of those dogs will be euthanized. There are shelters that will take in strays. The problem is, even in “no kill” shelters it’s not the ideal environment.
If Chicago isn’t the steakhouse capitol of the world, it should be. I tried to find out just how many we have in our city but couldn’t confirm the number. Guess what? There’s a new one in town. Fairly new, it opened in May and it’s already creating a lot of chatter. It’s called Prime & Provisions.
Remember that song made famous by Cher called “half-breed?” If you are under 40 I’m sure you don’t. I’m probably dating myself but I always remember hearing that as a child and thinking, “I can relate to this song.”
Chicago has no shortage of Italian restaurants. Yet there always seems to be word of a new one opening up. I was hearing a lot of buzz about this Italian restaurant in River North located inside the Godfrey Hotel. It’s called Dolce. Have you been? If the answer is no, you are definitely going to want to add it to your “must try” list.
It’s officially 2-years this month that I was let go from my job of more than 20-years at ABC7Chicago. Despite the economy supposedly getting better, I keep reading that more and more people are getting laid off. I remember how horrible I felt that day. But I’m here to tell you it’s definitely NOT the worst thing that could happen, although it may feel that way at the time. If it recently happened to you, just know things will get better but you need to go through a series of steps to make sure it does.