The last post gave me an idea for a new post.
I recently got yet another call from some police organization or other asking for a donation. Before the poor caller could continue with the canned speech, I interrupted to say that my husband volunteers for the sheriff’s department and that we give that way.
Why was I annoyed at this plea for money? Even slightly offended?
It didn’t help that they mispronounced my last name.
They obviously didn’t know me… nor I them.
So, I guess if you don’t want to offend when you ask for donations:
2. Give the person time to get to know you. People don’t JUST give. They need to know – then trust – the organization to whom they give donations. How can you build trust in a brief telephone conversation to a stranger?
So, when have you not been offended by someone asking for a donation? What made the conversation inoffensive, even pleasant?
What has made the conversation uneasy, perhaps offensive?
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