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In Other Words…
By: Viken Mikaelian

Again and again, Dr. Russell James found that formal and technical terms reduce the chances that a prospective donor will be interested in making a planned gift. And we’ve been saying that since 1998. Yet, many nonprofits still do not take the advice.

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Is Your Week Planned?
By: Viken Mikaelian

Average people hate Mondays, and refer to Wednesday as “hump day” and then “Thank God it’s Friday.” If you are a leader, you should enjoy it all. The average consciousness lives for the weekend.

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How I Got Into Planned Giving
By: Viken Mikaelian

People often ask me about my life. What’s my background? Where’s my accent from? Where did I grow up? Where did you meet your wife? One of these days I’ll get around to answering all that… But the most common question I get is, “Viken, how did you get into planned giving?” Answer: By Accident.

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Fearless Asking
By: Rebecca Janney

What kind of “asker” are you? Confident, well-dressed, professional? Or more of a beggar? Someone apologetic, mincing their way through the ask? One type is going to succeed often, and the other will almost always fail. Can you guess which is which? You’ll find the answer — and other great advice on making the ask — on our blog in a guest post from author, public speaker and planned giving specialist Dr. Rebecca Price Janney.

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