Institute of Fundraising: Developing your skills at the Convention

Fundraisers come from different professional, social and academic backgrounds, but what they have in common is the importance of the work they do. Without good fundraisers, the sector would be less effective and, in some cases, would not exist at all.

The popular personal-development track at the Convention this year aims to help our diverse community by providing opportunities for fundraisers to stop and think about themselves and what they need to develop their skills. This, in turn, will help to make them even more effective at what they do.

In putting this track together, we have tried to think of the many different ways in which fundraisers might wish to develop their skills. Whether you are a sole fundraiser, manage others, or lead volunteers, you will find something to interest you.

There are workshops and sessions on counselling, coaching and motivation for managers, as well as sessions to help develop your fundraising career, opportunities to develop your powers of persuasion and how to manage stress and get a better work/life balance. If you want to refresh your presentation, communication, people and time-management skills, the Convention is the place to be. If you are thinking about developing your organisation there are opportunities to look at changing culture and managing change.

Some of these are delivered by familiar names - Bernard Ross, Sharpestone Skinner, and Tony Elischer to name a few. Others are sessions put together by fundraisers so as to share best practice.

Mary Holley and Doug Parkin, the track leaders, believe there is something for everyone.

Convention hotline: 01564 826371.

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