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4 Actions to Keep You Always Learning

Fresh from an amazing experience where I learned an intense amount over two days. This had me thinking, as a person who uses “always learning” a lot, that it’s a perfect time to share how you can feed your desire to be always learning.

Four quick actions. I promise you will learn by practicing these:

One: Go to a conference. Pick one that has sessions that can benefit your desire to learn. Being in the world of nonprofit fundraising, I chose the Nonprofit Storytelling Conference as my first conference to try in this arena. I loved it so much I went again this year and was equally thrilled to have attended.

Two: Listen to podcasts. Find a couple that you enjoy listening to. You’re more apt to go back to listening to more, and learn, if you enjoy the podcast. My favorites are The Build Good Fundraising Podcast by Mike Duerksen and What the Fundraising by Mallory Erickson.  Both of these leave me with my wheels spinning and grateful for having had spent the time listening.

The Build Good Fundraising Podcast

Three: Be open and transparent on social media. I often share that I am always learning, always growing, always open to new ideas and different ways of doing things. This draws people who feel the same, and frequently ones who want to share something new with me! This opens up the opportunities for more learning.

Four: Read. I am in at least two books at any given time. Typically, I’m in one book that helps me grow as a nonprofit fundraising consultant, and another book that I just enjoy. There are of course plenty to choose from at your local library, your local bookstore, or online.

“Creative Deviations” by John Lepp.

There you go. Let me know what you think after doing some of these!

Take a risk. Be of service. Support your friends and colleagues. Be kind.

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