Hello and welcome to the
And on Today's show, we are going to win.
That's what we're
going to do.
We're going to win,
Hi, this is Rodney Walker, and I'm happy
to have you with me for another episode.
And on Today's show,
I'm going to be
sharing with you five no-nos in friendraising that
keeps your school from getting grant funding. Yes.
I'm going to be sharing with you what those no-nos are
so that your school won't be going around doing those
no-nos that keep you from getting more money.
I want to see you win
and I want
to see you win big.
Enough of losing. Right?
Why are we hanging out in the losers camp
when we can be in the winners camp?
And that's what this
show is about.
It's about helping school educators and those administrators
who are going out to
grant funding to
have some insight and some inspiration.
We need some inspiration to keep us going. Right?
So on Today's show, that's what I'm going to be doing
with my friend, but I want to share with you, as
always, some of my favorite memories back in school.
One of my memories in school was when I was
in high school with my English teacher, the class that
I was in, which was taught by Ms. Richardson.
She was a sweet lady, but she went kind of
But I never forget, my friend and I decided that we were
going to cheat on one of the tests that she had.
Yes, not just one.
I can think of a few,
I would exchange
test papers because
she would allow
us to check each other's paper so everybody in
the class would pass the paper to the person
in front of them or
the back of them.
My friend and I had an agreement, by the way.
All of a sudden he left his blank.
I left mine blank.
And all of a sudden we just continuously
check off and he got that answer right.
He got that answer right.
He got that one right.
And we did this for a while, every Friday until
one Friday, Ms. Richardson decided to come
and hang out
in our area and kind of
keep tabs on us.
Needless to say, on
that day he got
a failing grade and so did I.
But I was later shocked to realize that those same
words would revisit me when I was taking my SAT.
Yes, they said,
"Hello, Rodney, do you remember me?"
I was like,
"Yes, I remember you"
don't know what the definition is because I cheated.
And so what I want
to say to you
today, my friend, it doesn't pay to cheat.
I did it back then and I don't want to encourage you
to do it, especially as it relates to your grant efforts.
There are ways that
you can cheat yourself,
and some of
those ways are kind of going to be found in what
I'm going to be sharing with you with those five.
That you don't want to do that keeps you
from getting funded, especially as it relates to friendraising.
We want to do things the right way
so that we can
That's what you're here for.
And that's what I want to make sure that you get.
So I want to share with you
a quote that comes from Thomas Edison.
Thomas Edison says this.
"Opportunity is missed by
most people because
it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."
What a powerful quote,
the opportunities that are staring right in front
of us because it's disguised, it's work.
And we can create so many more opportunities for
ourselves if we would roll up our sleeves and
just put in the effort and work.
I want to thank Thomas Edison for that wonderful quote.
And I want to send a shout out
to all of you educators out there.
You don't get enough pats on the back.
And I want to give you a pat on the back right now.
And I want to let you know that I believe
in you and that I'm cheering for you and that
this show is dedicated to people like you who go
day in and day out helping to make our society
better because you believe and you help our children.
I know sometimes it's tough you're
having to deal with knucklehead sometimes.
I was one of those for a while.
But you never know what good can happen
if you continue to be persistent in helping.
So with that being the case, my friend,
I want to share with you those five no-nos
in friendraising, that keeps you from getting
funded, from getting
that grant funding.
Since we're doing friendraising, we
got to be raising friends.
Remember I talked about that in the earlier episode?
We're going to be raising friends.
But one big no-no is taking your friends for granted. Yes.
There is a play on Words with the granite there. Okay.
Don't water your plant and see what happens to it.
Starve your plant of water and Sunshine.
Watch what happens.
And so we can't treat our friendships like that.
We've got to nurture our friendships and we've got
to give them the attention that they deserve.
Second, being interested only in what you want.
If you're doing that, you're not friendraising,
my friend, you are being selfish, and
that's not going to get you funded.
So we want to make sure that
we don't take them for granted.
We want to know what it is
that our friends are wanting as well.
Third, not staying in touch regularly.
That's just like not watering the plant.
We've got to stay in touch.
We've got to nurture the relationship.
If we want the relationships to grow, you've got
to identify those funders that you want to invest
your time and energy in to cultivating a relationship
with because those relationships lead to money.
Remember, all of this is about... is it time already?
I know school is not out already.
Okay, I got to hear it.
We want to raise friends, but we
got to invest in those friendships.
So reach out to the funders.
We want to reach out to funders. Here's the fourth one.
Let me tell you, the fourth one is we've got to
not only reach out to the funders when we want something.
So if you're only reaching out to the funders
when you want something, that's not good either.
We've had a nurture relationship even
when we're not asking for money,
because remember, people give to people.
People give to people that they know, like and trust.
And a part of your task in the whole grant
writing effort is to cultivate friendships where schools are being
perceived, not just as people with their hands out.
And I know you're doing much more than having
your hand out, but in the friendship, we can't
come across like we just got our hands out.
We've got to make it be something that is adding value.
Which brings me to the fifth thing, not bringing
value to friendship as it relates to the funder.
You want to make sure that you're bringing value to
them so that it is a win-win for them.
Remember, they have a mission.
They have something that they're striving for.
We want to make sure that that's being
nurtured as well so that this is a
two way street that both parties are winning.
This is, in essence, a partnership.
You just happen to be in the classroom.
They just happen to have the money.
And when you bring that partnership together where they
give some funds to what you're doing, then it
becomes fun, my friend, because both parties win.
Now I want to point you to a
resource that I believe that will help you
to do a better job with raising friends.
It's the book written by Dale Carnegie.
It's a classic called "How to
Win Friends and Influence People."
Trust me, there are some practical applications that you
can get from that book to help you with
your grant efforts as you are raising friends.
So let's raise some friends today.
Let's continue to make a difference by
helping one student at a time. And guess what?
Your grant efforts can go a long
way in helping that cause as well.
Now, friend, on the fourth Friday of every
month, I like to hang out with you.
And that is what our Get Funded Inner Circle.
If you're not familiar with the Get Funded Inner
Circle is, it's that circle where we get funded?
We hang out on the fourth Friday of every month, and
I give a free yes,
F- R- E- E
free for our training.
For those who are members of our
GFIC, if you're interested in finding out
more information, go over to get funded.
I was about to take the wrong place,
go over to GetFundedinnercircle.com and learn more
information and come and hang out with me.
And remember send those questions in to me.
I love to answer them.
Send it over to [email protected].
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On the next episode I'm going to
be sharing with you some special information.
Yes, I'm going to be sharing with you why
you should friend raise every step of the way
in your grant effort and I'll share with you
some other ways that you can do it.
So until then, my friend, remember be brave,
be bold, be brilliant and take charge.
It's time to take charge. Enough sitting on the
sidelines let's take charge and make some things happen.
Just know that Rodney Walker is pulling for
you and I know that you will win.
Just keep up the good work and keep on going forward.
If you need some more inspiration, listen to
another episode, I've got some more below.
Just listen to them right now and remember to share with
a friend and I'll see you on the next episode.
So be brave, be bold, be brilliant and take charge.