how are we doing out there?
Well, I'm hoping that you're doing great.
I'm doing fabulous over here because I'm
so, so excited about this new show.
And this new show brings a love of excitement.
It feels like I'm having a child.
It feels like I'm having a baby. No, not me physically
having a baby, but it feels like I'm giving birth
to something that is going to be special.
And I'm excited about sharing that with you.
This is our pre-show. The show before the show, or
should I say the show before the show actually launches?
Because we haven't officially launched yet.
But I'm giving some bonus information just to kind of
give you an idea of what's going on in my
mind as we get ready to do these shows.
And I want to share with you briefly how I
fell into grant writing and how if you hang around
this show much, you might fall into it as well.
So let me share that story briefly with you
because I find that I stumbled into it.
And, you know, from talking to a number
of grant professionals, they also stumbled into it.
And that's why I'm telling you, you got to be careful.
If you listen to the show, you
might be falling into it as well.
And it started for me way back
when I actually had a hairline. Can you believe it?
I know you may see my head that is slick right now.
No hair at all
on the top. Bald. Okay.
But I once had a hairline, and when I had
a hairline, I was working back for a nonprofit organization
in the Austin area, and I was an executive director
for the Youth Development Center of a nonprofit.
And I never will forget we had a contracted grant writer,
and she would come around to myself and the other
three directors, and she would have a little notepad, and
she would write down some information on it about the
grant that she was working on.
And she would take that information and
then go and compile this grant.
And the next thing you know, we were being funded.
And I was like, "Wow, how did she do that?"
She took my words, his words, her words.
And she wrote down something on paper.
And then somebody turns around and
they give her some green paper.
They give us some money.
They telling us that we're funded. I was amazed.
I wanted to find out, how do you do that?
And I never forget.
I asked her, "Will you show me how to do that?"
And I was too young. I had hairline. I was naive.
Didn't know that she probably wasn't going to be the
one who was going to give me the information because
she was probably trying to protect her gig.
And so I didn't get the information from her.
So I, being a newbie created this non profit
and decided to write a grant proposal for this
brand new nonprofit and didn't realize that.
Okay, Rodney you're making some colossal
mistakes here even as you get started,
but you got to start somewhere. And that's what I did.
I started right where I was at, and it took me about
a month and a half to work on that first proposal.
And needless to say, that first proposal
didn't quite live up to expectations.
I hopes for it, but it fell mildly, and it
fell mildly into the lapse of a senior program officer
who was kind enough at the end of her Dear
John letter to me to let me know, "Rodney ,if
you would like to come in to discuss the problem
areas of your proposal, I'd be happy to do so."
And let's just put it this way,
it had plenty of problem areas.
We had plenty to discuss.
I took advantage of that and went
and met with the senior program officer.
And that meeting was so helpful.
It was so valuable.
I probably wouldn't be here right now
if I didn't have that meeting.
I don't know.
And I'm hoping that this show will allow you to get what
I had through her, which was the hope, which was information, which
was insight that I needed to help take me to the next
part of what I was supposed to be doing.
And wherever that lady is, I don't know where she's
at, but I'm sending a lot of love her way.
And this show is made with a
lot of love with you and mine.
And so that's why I'm hoping that you'll come
by, hang out with me and not just hang
out, but also let me know what you're thinking.
What are some of those ideas that you have?
What are some things that you would
like to have discussed on this show?
And then who knows, we may be discussing
that soon, or who knows, you may be
on the show with me discussing it.
I'm hoping that this Grant Writing Today will literally make
your day in a special way because you're tuning in
and that you'll be different as a result.
Now, if you hang around, I'm warning you, you
may fall into grant writing if you're not already there.
And if you are already here, you may
get another surge of energy, an actual boost,
because you're hanging around and you're getting some
new information and some new insights.
So what am I saying?
I hope that you get inspired.
I hope that you don't just get information, but that
you start seeing things in a different way that's going
to help you to become a better you.
That's the essence of it.
I'm hoping that, in essence that, you become better
and that we grow closer and that the whole
profession of being a grant writer, that it is
heighten because of what we're doing here.
So stick around.
And if you hang around, just know that you, too, may
fall into Grant writing and the next time we hang out
I'm hoping that you will if you look right below.
Yes there's another segment that you should listen to
right now it's really short but it's going to
help you and I want to talk to you
about Grant writing 2025 now as of the recording
of this time, right now it's 2022, but 2025
is right around the corner and there's some exciting
things coming and I'm just hoping that you're ready.
Yes, I'm hoping that you are ready so get
ready and come and hang out with me.
Check out that and again this is just our presegment.
This is our pre-show.
We haven't even launched yet.
I feel like we're launching right now but we haven't
but check that out and I'll talk to you real
soon so be brave, be bold, be brilliant.
Take charge and hey yes, right now.
Subscribe. Alright? Subscribe and listen to the
next one and I'll catch you soon.