This was particularly evident last week at the APRA international conference in steamy New Orleans. About a thousand of us were there to learn and share information with each other. Tactics. Strategies. Resources. Reams of new tips and tricks.
If I had a dollar for every murmur (and sometimes exclamation) of delight I overheard because of a new resource shared or discovered, it would have paid for my trip. Our profession is so generous! We keep secrets about our donors, but we share our knowledge with each other willingly.
Every APRA conference I’ve attended has been a bargain compared to what I learned and the relationships I formed with the smart people I met. It’s a bargain worth haggling for.
I think that kind of generosity has a way of boomeranging back on you. Or as APRA President-elect Jennifer MacCormack said so eloquently in her TED-style APRA Talk,
Allies among your colleagues are like a gravity assist.
Think about that for a second as I share a space fact:
A year after its launch, the Pluto-bound New Horizons space probe got a super-powerful extra 9,000 mph slingshot-action speed boost from the gravity field surrounding its ally-in-space Jupiter.
Without it, the 9-year trip would have taken New Horizons 50% longer to reach our little Valentine at the edge of our solar system.
It’s powerful stuff. Prospect research allies can help you learn and be better at your job. How can you begin to gravitate toward researchers in your shop or across town?
Other fundraisers in your shop can provide a power assist, too. How have you started cultivating those relationships?
Happily, it goes both ways. The help they give you will slingshot them forward, too – ready for the next gravity assist.