Communication, interest, empathy, and connection are at the core of an actor’s work and should be at the core of an asker’s work as well. Authentic acting makes for better asking. Better asking means more money. More money equals more mission. And it’s all about your mission.

Acting for AskersSM

If life is just a stage, then every one of us is an actor. Get ready to hone your craft and perfect the art of the ask with Ed’s unique new program, Acting for AskersSM. We all find ourselves in asker mode virtually every day of our lives – whether it’s appealing to a donor or simply asking a coworker for help. It doesn’t matter if you’re focus is on large markets or small, connecting with donors to maximize the full potential of every meeting, presentation, event, or negotiation is always mission critical.

Ed helps participants to listen and communicate more effectively – both as individuals and as a team. Become more relaxed, present, and persuasive through the application of techniques used in classical theatre training. Sessions explore the similarities between the actor and asker, learning how to apply basic acting principles in daily work to inspire greater authenticity, interest, focus, imagination, and empathy as well as developing a more consistently successful ask.

Improv for Fundraisers

For fundraisers, it’s all about getting to the ask. Strengthen your team’s asking skills and learn new ones with Ed’s Improvisation for Fundraisers sessions. Using the 6 basic tenets of improvisation, including making the other look good and saying “Yes And,” your team will learn to construct and communicate stronger clearer asks. These sessions, appropriate for fundraisers of all levels, are perfect for lunch-and-learns and all-staff meetings as well as day-long professional development sessions.

Asker Coaching

Private coaching sessions available for beginner to experienced askers.

In these highly personalized sessions, askers receive direction and advice as they prepare for an ask, rehearse their pitch, and practice their craft.

Narrative Development

Successful askers live and breath at the intersections of their own personal narrative and the narratives of their prospects and organization.

Ed’s narrative development service helps askers develop their personal narrative and determine where it intersects with the stories of their prospects and mission of their organization, empowering them to connect quickly, authentically, and effectively.

Ed has a remarkable talent to connect with each person in the class, challenge them, and support their development, while making it fun.

Michael Cripps

Manager of Manufacturing Engineering, Kennametal

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