The Goldie Company

Skills and Traits that Distinguish Great Consultants

Thursday July 7, 2011

I often get asked what does it take to become a fundraising consultant. Patrick Ryan shared with me what he feels are the skills and traits that distinguish great fundraising consultants. They are:

  1. Technical skills…experience with campaign direction…strategic planning…knowledge of fundraising practises.
  2. Personal skills…working effectively with otheres…empathy…personable…outgoing.
  3. Being a good planner…well organized…documenting…problem solver.
  4. Self-starter…display initiative…entrepreneurial spirit…independence.
  5. Maturity…satisfaction in honouring others…sharing the credit…an ego in check.
  6. Management…skill in directing and supporting volunteers and staff…ability to multi-task.
  7. Results oriented…focus on measurable performance…perserverance.
  8. Leadership…self-confidence…servent-leader mode…inspiring others to act…ability to direct others.
  9. Creativity…strong analytical skills…expertise…insight.
  10. Stable lifestyle…able to travel…in control…emotionally and physically health.