April 15, 2016

Get out there!


You might be wondering who starts a Blog post with this type of energy – “Get out there!”? These words come to my mind when I think about my move to Toronto in the mid-80’s when the economy was pretty tough in Alberta and I was working for a large real estate company there. A bunch of us commercial real estate agents were all on our phones, (maybe even some of us pretending to be busy), and our manager went to the front of all of the cubes and screamed at the top of his lungs – get out there! I didn’t totally understand what he was trying to get a cross at first, but he was trying to relay the message that business is seldom done on the phone but in relationships built face to face. Certainly things have changed over time in over 30 years, however, people do business with people they know, like, and trust and even though social media has helped us communicate much easier, we still need to network and build relationships in person.

This Blog post came to me when in a networking session this past Wednesday with the Calgary Business Professionals Meetup group. It was a really good session with Kim Smith, Community Manager, of Capital Ideas Calgary who did a recap on the amazing 15 different monthly meetups they have done and all of the business people who have been involved in their panel discussion since it began about 18 months ago. The representation on the various panels has been quite incredible and I am somewhat ashamed to admit that I have never been to one of these events as yet. I, however, already booked myself for their next panel discussion. This will take place on April 28th at the Glenbow Museum at noon (free + lunch included) and the topic is: “How do you creatively fund your business?”.

Even though I sometime lack the motivation to go network (when I don’t feel in the social mood, work has been a bit harder with the economy, something in my family life, health, or whatever), when I really think about it, almost every time that I go out to a network function I meet one person or more and/or gather some information that adds to my business and my life. So for this investment of about 2 ½ hours this week, including driving to and from my office, this professional networking opportunity was of great value.

I hope to see you on the 28th at this professional networking function or another professional networking function in the near future.

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If you would like to learn more about how my experience and skills may be able to help benefit your nonprofit, or a nonprofit you may be associated with, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me as I would be pleased to meet and discuss the opportunity of working together.


Mitchell Ravvin, BComm, PFPC, CFRE
Professional Fundraiser
Rave Results Inc.
7436 21A Street SE
Calgary, AB T2C 0V9

Rave Results Inc. is a professional fundraising service specializing in assisting mid-size nonprofit organizations. Areas of expertise include: Donor Development, Major Gift Fundraising, Sponsorship, Planned Giving, and both Annual and Capital Campaigns.

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