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How to Use Collaboration to Overcome Funding Challenges

How to Use Collaboration to Overcome Funding Challenges

How to Use Collaboration to Overcome Funding Challenges

Spring is often a very busy time for organizations and entrepreneurs that receive government funding. ​Contracts may have come to a close on March 31st and new contracts (and funding) often start April 1st.

Unfortunately, it can be a stressful time if those in charge of funds and programs face the challenges that emerge upon learning that government funds may be clawed back or not approved. 

With these funding challenges in mind, it’s important to look for solutions, especially involving collaboration, to see if there are funding opportunities that are being overlooked.

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Reset and Recovery Guide for Organizations, Service Clubs and Entrepreneurs: How to Bounce Forward After Tough Times

Reset and Recovery Guide for Organizations, Service Clubs and Entrepreneurs: How to Bounce Forward After Tough Times

Reset and Recovery Guide for Organizations, Service Clubs and Entrepreneurs: How to Bounce Forward After Tough Times

The current times we are living in with social distancing, mandated isolation and a global pandemic along with natural (and man-made) disasters are creating significant challenges for nonprofit organizations, entrepreneurs,  and purpose-driven professionals. 

In many cases, a situation like a health pandemic or a disaster can result in an entrepreneur or organization struggling financially, losing good staff, reducing or cutting operations, and even failing. These types of crises can definitely and deeply impact an organization’s morale and sense of connectedness.

Collaboration and preparedness are key in bouncing forward and safeguarding your ability to do what you love, serve your clients, and stay connected.

After working with several communities, organizations, and businesses who have experienced natural disasters, below are a few learnings to share to ensure that your passion remains intact and to help you get through the challenges that occur after a disaster.

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I Feel Like I Need to Build A Team But Have No Budget

I Feel Like I Need to Build A Team But Have No Budget

I Feel Like I Need to Build A Team But Have No Budget

Let’s face it... raising dreams and building a business can be tough and isolating, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Raising big dreams like the ones you have takes a team. But who says you need a huge budget to build a team?

5 Collaborative Ways to Build Teams Without a Budget

Below are a few ways that we have built teams to raise dreams without a budget (or while the funds are being generated to pay a team).

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2 Get Sponsored by Corporations to Share Your Passion and Message

Get Sponsored by Corporations to Share Your Passion and Message

Get Sponsored by Corporations to Share Your Passion and Message

Speakers, trainers, keynote presenters, and seminar leaders... have you started growing your business through collaboration and sponsorship?

If not, now's the time to get started. There are billions of dollars available in corporate sponsorship, and your next presentation, speaking tour, book launch or philanthropic project could be uplevelled in income, impact, and influence through corporate sponsorship.

Recently, Charmaine led a mastermind session with speakers who have a successful speaking business and are committed to now building their speaking business through corporate sponsorship and collaborating with influencers.

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Sponsorship for Speakers Made Easy!

Sponsorship for Speakers Made Easy!

Sponsorship for Speakers Made Easy!

For speakers, keynoters, and seminar leaders who are serious about growing their speaking business through collaboration, sponsorship funds, and influence, one the first few things you must have clarity around is the value that you bring to the sponsor (and their audience).

Clarifying the Speaker/Sponsor Relationship:

When corporate sponsors invest time, in-kind contributions, and sponsorship funding or dollars into your big dreams and projects, they are looking to get return on investment.

You see, sponsorship is a marketing relationship where the sponsor is helping you (e.g. contributing cash and other resources or products to your projects), but you are also helping them.

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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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17 Savvy Strategies to Sell More Books at Book Signings

17 Savvy Strategies to Sell More Books at Book Signings

I’ve been there. The bookstore book signing is so quiet you can hear a pin drop. This does not feel good for the author or for the bookstore. 

So how do you make sure your book signing events are busy, engaging people, and selling lots of books?

Collaborate on Pre-Event Book Signing Marketing

Ensure you meet or talk with the bookstore or book event host to plan out a shared marketing campaign.

Typically bookstores do little to promote the signings; however, here are the things that bookstores (Chapters, Coles, and independent stores) have done in the past to promote book signings when efforts to collaborate result in a coordinated plan ahead of time:

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Hire an Event Planner: The Key to Sanity, Savings, and Success!

Hire an Event Planner: The Key to Sanity, Savings, and Success!

Hire an Event Planner: The Key to Sanity, Savings, and Success!

Event planners. They are the treasured keepers of sanity, savings, and success and the reasons to partner with or hire an event planner for your next event are profuse.

Of course, savvy speakers, authors, and entrepreneurs will try to minimize event costs, perhaps believing that one such saving is to NOT hire an event planning professional. We get it. We’ve been there.

But… the reality of not having a volunteer team, event planning expert, and event support is that everything falls into your lap.

As an event host or speaker, it's not just that you likely will not have the time (or skill set) to manage all these details... it shouldn't be you doing these tasks. If you’re the frazzled one moving furniture, dealing with heating/cooling issues, and handling questions about where the bathrooms are from the attendees, you’re probably not painting the image you wish for yourself as an expert or speaker.

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Volunteers: 10 Critical Roles Volunteers Can Play at Your Next Event

Volunteers: 10 Critical Roles Volunteers Can Play at Your Next Event

Volunteers: 10 Critical Roles Volunteers Can Play at Your Next Event

Volunteers at live events are incredibly valuable! 

Great volunteers will help set a positive tone and create an energetic environment for the event. They are that memorable, smiling face of the event as guests and attendees arrive.

When your attendees need support, volunteers often jump in to answer questions and meet needs throughout the event.

Recently, Raise a Dream was a sponsor of the Global Influence Summit (GIS) where I presented on sponsorship, along with being one of the GIS co-founders and co-hosts.

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Meeting and Collaborating Online: Tools and Success Tips

Meeting and Collaborating Online: Tools and Success Tips

Meeting and Collaborating Online: Tools and Success Tips

Technology makes it possible to create a presence wherever you are in the world. For sponsors and brands, this potential is very exciting.

Virtual meetings have the capacity to connect with both existing and new audiences through many platforms. The possibilities for collaborating online with partners is only limited by your imagination.

There are several platforms our Dream Team at Raise a Dream love. Start using these tools to reach out and make new sponsorship connections and make your next virtual meeting a success!

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