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Do you know how hard it is to write about yourself – to put into words why you think people value what you do, and convince people why they should work with you?
I can tell you – I find it really, really, really, hard!
Perhaps it is how we were brought up, to be modest, to not stand out, to not be the one putting your hand up and answering the questions all the time!
Perhaps it feels ‘big headed’.
Well, to be honest, I chickened out completely. I decided to write to my clients and asked them to do it for me. (And then I sat cringing waiting for their replies!)
But actually, in the end, it was a very powerful exercise. And it is an exercise I would recommend that you do too.
Ask your members, your service users, your customers. What is it about what you (or your organisation) do that they value. Why do they choose to use you/work with you, instead of the many other options available to them?
Because this will give you some real hard evidence for your future vision – and your future funding applications. (See, you haven’t even signed up yet and I’m giving you some tips!)
What surprised me even more, is that many of my clients expressed just how much they enjoyed doing this favour.
So, in their own words – this is what they said:
What I particularly liked was the clarity of your plans, dividing areas into different sections and producing charts to demonstrate this. This makes for a more digestible document to show to our committee but also makes it easier to follow, measure and update. You helped me realise that these documents are not just a tick box activity but a really useful framework to take an organisation forward.
Lisa’s work ethic is ferocious. What she says… happens. She will respond to you swiftly clearly outlining what is going to happen next. She does not ‘over promise’, she freely acknowledges mistakes and makes amends.
Ethics… I trust Lisa completely. I could not say that about many companies or organisations I have worked with over many years. I know that if confidentiality is required, that is what I will get. I know if speed is needed things will be done. My integrity as a business is likened to Lisa’s and I am happy for that link. Working with programmes and in certain contexts this is vital. Lisa will also say no…if she is busy and cannot fit in a programme and give it her complete attention. She will make it known. She will not short-change a customer!
The fact that you have bags of tenacity, determination, motivation and drive. An awesome positive energy and a ’can-do’ attitude which is very infectious. An amazing ability to sift through vast amounts of info or ideas and emerge with a clear focus on the real heart of an issue. Superb understanding of people/different populations and groups/different organisations and use this understanding of diversity to match funding/enriching opportunities perfectly. Highly organised and great strategic thinker and planner. Ask the right questions at the right time to clarify clients thinking, which helps generate exciting and relevant projects.
Think of you as the ‘Funding Fairy’ who shakes a little magic where it’s needed! This is clearly not exhaustive, just a starter for ten…hope it helps.
You explain things in an easy to understand way.
You break things down into manageable chunks.
You have a positive approach to every problem.
You always go above and beyond what is asked.
Things don’t feel like work.
To be honest, this exercise made me cry. It made me cry, because what these people were telling me – is exactly what I have set out to be. Let me share my vision with you.
The last thing I ever wanted to do was become that ‘corporate bid writer’.
I wanted to use my understanding of the challenges, barriers & limitations facing small & local organisations and help them
I want to be
Approachable & personable,
helpful, friendly &
I aim to be
Understanding and patient that individuals and orgs don't always understand the funding landscape
Willing to go the extra mile &
take time to understand
I definitely want to be
A real person not a corporation
This is vital to me
Trustworthy and integrity
And the reason I called my business Straight Forward Funding is because I think it makes life easier if we all
Speak in plain English not jargon
So that's me, Lisa
Now its time for you to put your faith in me, and let me help you take that step forwards. Sign up to The Membership and let me help you, to take the stress out of grant funding so that you have more time to do what you do best.