Most people – including your board members – want to learn about themselves! That’s what’s so alluring about personality tests. And now there’s a personality test that will tell you your Asking Style.
Once you realize that everyone has their own way of asking, meeting with donors will be easier and you’ll be better at it!
Brian Saber and I developed the idea of Asking Styles a few years ago and now it’s caught on!
If you don’t know your Asking Style yet, be sure to take this assessment and find out what it is. It will just take a couple of minutes and I’ll guarantee that you’ll find it interesting and useful.
What’s Your Board’s Asking Style?
Learning your Asking Style is just a start. You can use Asking Styles with your entire board to make them more interested and effective fundraisers.
If you’re heading into a fundraising campaign where asking for gifts in person will be the critical ingredient in your success, you should get your board members to find out their Asking Styles too.
Here’s how to do that.
Before your next board meeting, send an email to each board member with the link to the free Asking Style Assessment:
Ask each board member to take the assessment and forward their asking style to you. Then, make a name tag for each board member with their first name and Asking Style.
Hand out the name tags at the beginning of your next board meeting and start the meeting by getting board members to introduce themselves according to their Asking Style and comment briefly on their style and how it plays out for them.
Three Great Results
- Your board members will get involved in fundraising. Once your board members know and start discussing their Asking Styles, it will naturally get them thinking about ways they are most suited to help with fundraising.
- You’ll get to know your board members. When you find out your board members’ Asking Styles, you’ll learn more about each of them and understand how you can do a better job of staffing them.
- Your board will work better together. When board members learn more about one another, they will start to come together as a high functioning team.
Finally, you and your board members will have some quick, simple, relevant fun!
Not bad for a little 3-minute personality test.
What’s Your Board’s Collective Asking Style?
You can do many other things with Asking Styles at your board meeting.
For example, once everyone has introduced themselves and their Asking Style, you might ask them to get into small groups according to Asking Styles to discuss what their specific style brings to the board.
You might also ask them to figure out and discuss the collective Asking Style of the board and the difference it makes in how the board functions.
You might even ask each board member to comment on what they think their best roles in fundraising are, now that they know their Asking Style.
Learn More about Asking Styles
If Asking Styles makes you curious, get this little informative book on the Asking style system. You’ll also find several other Asking Style exercises to try out with your board.
And, don’t miss a fascinating free webinar next Monday, November 16 from 3:00 – 4:15 Eastern, presented by Brian Saber, President of Asking Matters. Brian will not only discuss Asking Styles, but he will also present a great, simple way of asking for gifts using your Asking Style.
You’ll learn some interesting and important things about yourself as a fundraiser. And, you’ll be able to ask for gifts with more confidence and less anxiety.