Today’s guest has been called “the Johnny Appleseed of fundraising” since the only thing he loves more than asking for money is teaching people to ask for money! Over the past 16 years, his organizational and leadership coaching and trainings have helped tens of thousands of nonprofits advance their missions, meet revenue goals, and improve the lives of their staff and supporters. He is the founder of The Concord Leadership Group and of

Currently, he is the executive director of and an Advisory Panel member of Rogare, a prestigious international fundraising think tank. He is the author of several books on fundraising, including “Ask Without Fear!®” a step-by-step guide on how to build authentic relationships with your donors. His expertise and enthusiasm engages audiences around the world and has caught the attention of media organizations as diverse as Al Jazeera, SUCCESS Magazine, and Fox News.

Please join me in welcoming Marc A. Pitman.

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In this episode we explore:

  • his thoughts on leadership “Influence has always been a big part of my understanding of leadership.”
  • how his parents included him as they learned about leadership and selling as an Amway family – encouraging him to read Dale Carnegie and Frank Bettger classics – and the influence that has had on how he educates his children.
  • his framework for leadership: Observe – Experiment – Analyze – Focus “People often get stuck in the experimenting and analyzing stage, not feeling confident enough to say ‘That doesn’t work for me.’”
  • hardships don't disqualify you as a leader – leadership is forged in the hottest fire.
  • how he intentionally sends thank you notes to rock stars in his field AND his wife – which is his most important relationship that he needs to nurture.

What were the key takeaways you plan to put into practice this week and benefit from for years to come? Share your thoughts in the comments.


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