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What are the top 3 traits or skills every director of development must have to excel?

Can you suggest any tips or insights to develop your director of development expertise?

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Director of Development in Brooklyn, New York

125 months ago

Host said: What are the top 3 traits or skills every director of development must have to excel?

Superior interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal). Also, the ability to LISTEN to your potential donors.

Can you suggest any tips or insights to develop your director of development expertise?

It's not sales. If you approach it with the ABC "always be closing" attitude, you're not going do well in the long run.

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director of development in Tucson, Arizona

123 months ago

You need to be a donor centered kind of person - believe in the mission of the organization and I agree with with DD from Brooklyn, be listener, not a talker!

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fund raiser in Traverse City, Michigan

119 months ago

Host said: What are the top 3 traits or skills every director of development must have to excel?

Can you suggest any tips or insights to develop your director of development expertise?

1. deep love of people and organizations that will change the world.

2. ability to communicate a cause.

3. engender trust.

4. highly organized.

5. ability to work with boards and volunteers including training.

6. ability to follow-up with people.

7. knowledge of professional philanthropy.

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George Krieps in Knoxville, Tennessee

118 months ago

Simply...1)Product/Service Knowledge, 2) Offering a compelling reason to buy/give, 3) Relate to the buyers/donors emotion (greed, security, convenience, etc...) Thats it

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