Building a good relationship is sometimes very difficult. Most of the time it’s very difficult! As we just celebrated Valentine’s Day, a good relationship needs to be built, fostered, maintained, and it takes a lot of work. My wife and I just celebrated our 25th Valentine’s Day (with dating and marriage included)!
Good communication seems to be a key component in creating a healthy relationship (one that fosters loyalty and respect)! A strong relationship requires:
Good communication: Misunderstanding happens when there is no open and honest discussion.
Timely communication: Days of silence only make things worse.
Appropriate communication: Raising voices or anger rarely make things better.
Humble communication: Admitting when you are wrong and making things right goes a long way to strengthen the relationship.
Honest communication: Telling the truth even when it will not be in your best interest leads to incredible trust.
Silent communication: Listening to your loved one goes a LONG way!
So, are you a loyal donor to your own organization? Does your current communication create a sense of donor loyalty and donor engagement?
Wayne Robbins was VP of Sales at Bloomerang. A graduate of Hyles-Anderson College, Wayne has over 15 years experience in nonprofit and faith-based development and fundraising in addition to his 10 years of experience in sales.