An Executive Director's point of view

Category: Employment
Posted by: David M Patt
It's this.

September 12, 2017: Don't judge a book by its cover

Category: Stuff, other
Posted by: David M Patt
You will have made a mistake.

September 05, 2017: Leave a message

Category: Communications
Posted by: David M Patt
If somebody you call does not answer, don't just hang up.

Leave a voicemail message.

Don't assume they'll check their missed calls, recognize your phone number, and call you back.

1. Many people don't bother checking missed calls because most are from telemarketers, and they have no desire to talk to those folks.

2. The person may not recognize your number (even if you think they should).

3. And, if they do call you back and you then ask for information about something, they may have to research your query and call you again. You will have wasted their time.

So, always leave a message and tell why you called.
Category: Employment
Posted by: David M Patt
I've never asked that question of a job applicant but lots of interviewers will.

Here's how to handle that.

August 22, 2017: No eclipse

Category: Stuff, other
Posted by: David M Patt
I suppose it's nice that people paid a lot of attention to the solar eclipse instead of fretting about world events.

But the eclipse was no big deal to me.

At its peak, I was driving in Chicago. It was overcast, like before a big storm. Still, there were shadows everywhere, as if there was sunlight, but just not enough of it. If I hadn't known about the eclipse, I wouldn't have even noticed that oddity.

I don't think there's anything spiritual, uplifting, or even amazing about a solar eclipse. It's just a cosmic event that happens once it a great while.

But it was a welcome distraction for a lot of people.

August 14, 2017: Email etiquette

Category: Communications
Posted by: David M Patt
Check this out.

August 09, 2017: Who's on the Board?

Category: Web sites
Posted by: David M Patt
Always list your organization's Board members on your web site, even if you don't link to each of them.

And place that information on a public page that everyone can view.

People should always know the identify of the leaders of the organization and be able to make judgments about the group based on the composition of the Board.

If you leave out that info, it suggests you are hiding something.

August 07, 2017: Job titles, yet again

I guess I'm obsessed with job titles. I think they should describe what they really are.

A charity is looking for an "Executive Director, Community Development."

One of the duties is to, "Ensure engagement and mobilization of diverse constituents, staff and volunteers for the assigned market area in a prioritized and coordinated way to meet established market and regional objectives."

And the responsibilities of the position were not mentioned until mid-way through the first of a three-page job description.

To me, this seems to be the person in charge of all fund-raising activities. Why couldn't that have been stated in terse, direct language.

August 02, 2017: What do travelers want?

Category: Travel
Posted by: David M Patt
Here are some key findings from a study conducted by the American Society of Travel Agents.

Regarding wi-fi: Travelers can live without it in the air, but really want it at the hotel.

July 27, 2017: Speaker seating

Category: Meetings
Posted by: David M Patt
Consider this when planning meetings or other events with speakers.
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