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Turning Sponsorship Objections Into Opportunities

Turning Sponsorship Objections Into Opportunities

One of our Dream Raisers did a great social media share about the objections, internal chatter, and “noise” he had in his head that prevented him from doing the ASK for support or sponsorship funds.

Importantly, he did not listen to the noise but instead he stepped out of his comfort zone, did the ask, and the sponsor happily supported his project, again.

Typically, it’s fear of objections that paralyzes potential. That noise and internal chatter can prevent dreams from getting raised unless you do as he did: embrace the discomfort.

Remember it is always a NO unless you ask, and what if the answer is a YES?

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Sharing Stories to Build Sponsorship Relationships

Sharing Stories to Build Sponsorship and Business Relationships

Sharing Stories to Build Sponsorship Relationships

I recently heard colleague and speaker, Karen McGregor, say something about speaking that also translates into the collaboration and sponsorship world.

She said, "One of the mistakes is that speakers don't understand what the audience is buying, e.g. transformation or the ability/skills to get over a problem. You can help them understand this through stories. You must share stories."

So how does the need to share stories relate to getting your projects funded, securing sponsorship dollars, attracting people to support your crowdfund, or turning prospects into contracts?

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Get Paid to Speak: How corporate sponsorship can help you generate more income and impact

Get Paid to Speak

Get Paid to Speak: How corporate sponsorship can help you generate more income and impact

Getting paid to speak is often a challenge that we hear about from speakers.

When conference organizers have no or low budgets, speakers feel their expertise is not valued. They often have their fee negotiated to next to nothing.

Thankfully, there are many strategies to overcome this challenge. Speakers CAN be paid to speak!

In this article, we'll explore how collaborating with companies and corporate sponsors can bring you your full speaking fee, plus more.

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Sponsor Spotlight Checklist How to Recognize Sponsors and Partners at Events So They Say YES to Multi-Year Sponsorship Funding

Sponsor Spotlight Checklist: How to Recognize Sponsors at Events

Sponsor Spotlight Checklist: How to Recognize Sponsors and Partners at Events So They Say YES to Multi-Year Sponsorship Funding!
  • ​Are you a speaker who speaks at events and conferences that have sponsors?
  • Are you an event host or event planning professional?
  • Do you host events, conferences, mastermind, masterclasses, retreats, or trade shows?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, this article and checklist is for you!

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Collaboration: Why Sponsors & Funders Want You To Partner on Projects

Collaboration: Why Sponsors & Funders Want You To Partner on Projects

Collaboration: Why Sponsors & Funders Want You To Partner on Projects

There are many desirable benefits of collaboration... Projects and dreams get launched faster when people come together with common goals, risk is reduced when responsibility is shared, and there are more ways to engage and recognize sponsors. Overall, the end result of any dream raised through collaboration and partnership can be much bigger and better than you may have achieved on your own.

Commonly, collaborative projects are often referred to as alliances, coalitions, partnerships, and networks. Working as teams or units provides the potential or ability to tackle and address challenging problems with innovative solutions.

Sponsors (and funding organizations) are more often encouraging (and in some cases requiring) collaboration as a way of reducing duplication of services, reducing risk, increasing results, and improving sustainability (you can read more here).  

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7 Great Questions to Ask a Sponsor During a Discovery Call

Discovery Call: 7 Great Questions to Ask a Sponsor

7 Great Questions to Ask a Sponsor During Discovery Calls

When you understand that building sponsorship relationships is about marketing needs (and not asking for handouts), you learn to approach each step of the partner relationship building process differently, especially when it comes to the (...gulp...) discovery call!

Discovery calls are often the step in the collaboration and relationship process many speakers, authors, and entrepreneurs feel most apprehensive about.

So today, we’re bringing you 7 valuable tips and great questions to ask sponsors to help pinpoint their marketing needs.

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7 Ways Social Media Can Help Your Sponsors Receive More Value and Get Your Big Dream More Attention

7 Ways Social Media Can Help Your Sponsors Receive More Value and Get Your Big Dream More Attention

One of the reasons a sponsor may say yes to providing in-kind or cash sponsorship (or combination of these) to your project, event, or big dream is that they see the value you are able to bring to their brand through your social media connections. 

In other words, sponsors see the potential to have ROI – return on investment – from their sponsorship and relationship with you. (Remember, it is important not to assume what sponsors want and need. Instead, ask them!)

Sponsors may have a goal of being seen in front of a particular audience and social platforms can create the targeted platform and buzz they desire. When done effectively, sponsorship social media strategies draw positive and desirable attention to both your sponsor (and your dream project).

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Are You Setting Yourself Up for a Sponsorship NO? (Part 3)

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To build a healthy relationship with a sponsor, you have to take the time to get to know that sponsor… what motivates their brand, what language do they typically use, what audience do they seek.

Just making an ask without knowing what you propose is the right fit for a sponsor can easily result in a NO.

It’s easy to make mistakes like this, but thankfully it’s also easy to AVOID such mistakes.

That's why we've created a 3-part sponsorship educational series addressing 3 easy-to-avoid mistakes (and their solutions).

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Are You Setting Yourself Up for a Sponsorship NO? (Part 2)

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There’s a right way and a wrong way to build relationships with sponsors so that you can find funding and support for your dream project.

Creating sponsorship marketing relationships is often a new, unexplored avenue for speakers, authors, event hosts, and entrepreneurs, so it’s no surprise that in this unknown territory, costly mistakes are made.

When mistakes happen, unfortunately the answer is often a NO from sponsors.

Knowing how to avoid such mistakes is crucial, so we've created a 3-part sponsorship educational series addressing 3 easy-to-avoid mistakes (and their solutions).

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Are You Setting Yourself Up for a Sponsorship NO? (Part 1)

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If having sponsors, getting your project funded through sponsorship support, and building marketing relationships with businesses is on your priority list (which it should be), it’s important to know what causes sponsors to decline potential marketing relationships.

At Raise a Dream, we have interviewed a number of brands and sponsors to explore what helps them (and also what hurts the people seeking sponsorship). Through these valuable conversations, we were able to boil the insightful feedback of sponsorship decision-makers into the 3 common reasons sponsors often say NO.

Every day, we see speakers, authors, event hosts, and entrepreneurs making costly mistakes that will cause sponsors to say NO to their (and potentially your) amazing offerings. Knowing how to avoid these mistakes is such an important topic, we have turned this into a 3-part sponsorship educational series so that each mistake (and its solutions) gets the attention it deserves.

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