I thought I’d drop another “What I’m Into” on you today. I feel like today’s grouping is a good mix of me – handbags, notebooks, deep thinking and talking about Beto O’Rourke’s failures.
Let’s get to it!
If you know me at all, you know how much a fan I am of cool purses – most of the time they seem to revolve around Kate Spade bags, but this Betsey Johnson totally caught my eye. It looks like it was made for me, right?
How did I not know that National Notebook Day is even a thing? My love of notebooks is well documented and I will certainly be adding this day to my calendar to fully celebrate it next year. As a sidenote, has anyone else noticed that now there is a special day for everything? How did that happen?
Our latest research shows that men—particularly those in senior roles—are pulling back from interacting with women at work, depriving them of the formal and informal mentorship that can aid in networking, securing new opportunities, and promotions. To learn more, we asked over 5,000 people about how their employer addresses sexual harassment and how safe they feel at work.
It’s been awhile since I’ve shared some videos from our great employees. This is Michille. She’s worked at CampaignHQ for a year and she’s just a great member of our team.
Not only is she a hard worker, she’s dedicated and passionate about the causes we work for. I think you’ll be able to see right away why we’re the best call center in America – it’s because of employees like Michille.
There is only one reason you should know about a new hire or a promotion at CampaignHQ.
If you trust your calls and texts to CampaignHQ, I promise these staff changes WILL make your life better!
Ken Tracy, Senior Campaign Director – Fundraising
For the last three years, Ken has served as our Director of Operations. He has a deep understanding of what works on the phone. He knows who to call, when to call them, and what to say to move people to donate. If we make your fundraising calls, then Ken has worked on your projects behind the scenes. He has listened to, coached, and even made some of your calls! Now he will have the chance to work with you and share these insights directly.
Trevor Dodds, Director of Supervision
With Ken’s move to serving clients, his role in leading our Call Center Operations became open. And there was no better fit for this role than our very own Trevor Dodds. Trevor has been at CampaignHQ for nine years. He started on the phones and raised nearly half a million dollars before being promoted to trainer and then supervisor. Trevor’s growth and ability to influence as a leader has grown exponentially. In fact, he was named CHQ’s Supervisor of the Year in 2018.
At CampaignHQ we are a family. We are always working to develop and build each person up to their fullest potential. That’s why we always look to fill our open positions from within whenever possible.
Each time, it opens an opportunity for the next person who is ready, willing, and eager for the challenge.
Did you know Memorial Day has certain customs? According to the Mental Floss article above,
General Orders No. 11 stated that “in this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed,” but over time several customs and symbols became associated with the holiday.
• It is customary on Memorial Day to fly the flag at half staff until noon, and then raise it to the top of the staff until sunset.
• Taps, the 24-note bugle call, is played at all military funerals and memorial services. It originated in 1862 when Union General Dan Butterfield “grew tired of the ‘lights out’ call sounded at the end of each day,” according to The Washington Post. Together with the brigade bugler, Butterfield made some changes to the tune.
Not long after, the melody was used at a burial for the first time when a battery commander ordered it played in lieu of the customary three rifle volleys over the grave. The battery was so close to enemy lines, and the commander was worried the shots would spark renewed fighting.
• The World War I poem “In Flanders Fields,” by John McCrea, inspired the Memorial Day custom of wearing red artificial poppies. In 1915, a Georgia teacher and volunteer war worker named Moina Michael began a campaign to make the poppy a symbol of tribute to veterans and for “keeping the faith with all who died.” The sale of poppies has supported the work of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
We made it through another fun-filled week – congratulations!
For this Fun Friday post, I thought I’d share a quick look at a few things I’ve been into lately. I like to share a few of these from time to time – most seem to revolve around books, purses, ABC’s Shark Tank or politics. This list covers most of those bases.
Here’s what I’ve been into:
Stop whatever you’re doing and read this book. You’re welcome.
A minor rant here – I cannot believe this. Shark Tank has jumped the shark. This is a legit business with 1. Actual Sales and 2. An owner who knew ALL of her numbers.
She has actually made money and had a plan for what to do with the investment. Kevin O’Leary even said, “you’re a good operator.” And YET … NO INVESTMENT! Lori Grenier said she “doesn’t like cookie dough.” Lies. She invested in “The Cookie Dough” bar on Season 5. Mark Cuban says he’s “worried about obesity.” Really? Does the snack bar at the Dallas Maverick’s arena only serve lettuce? Seriously.
<steps off soapbox>
I’ve been thinking this myself lately, but Gretchen Rubin of course puts a much finer point on it. Thanks for saying what I was thinking. An updated take on TR’s Man in the Arena. You can always laugh at him (or her) … but you’re the one on the outside who did nothing and accomplished nothing.
I found this old post from 2010 on my Facebook page the other day and thought it was worth sharing.
You called my mother yesterday…
Just a few weeks ago, I read those ominous words in an email from Rebecca Weber, Finance Director of the Nebraska Republican Party. You can imagine the overwhelming sense of dread!
Even when we are wildly successful, telephone fundraising isn’t usually the most popular weapon in a finance director’s arsenal. Who wants to get a call from their mother complaining about an annoying telemarketer?
Printed with permission of the Nebraska GOP, here is the rest of Rebecca’s email:
Hi Nicole –
Just wanted to let you know that one of your reps called my mother today, and she convinced her to donate. My mother always hangs up on telemarketers so please consider this a triumph! (I’ve never been able to convince her that telemarketers aren’t as bad as she thinks they are.) She was very complimentary about the caller. Congrats on getting someone who NEVER gives over the phone to make a contribution!
Nebraska Republican Party
Calling potential donors right before Christmas is never easy! But minutes after Senator Ben Nelson’s shocking announcement that he would be the 60th and final vote on Harry Reid’s health care reform bill, the Nebraska GOP leadership rousted us to action. Perre Neilan and Rebecca Weber understood the unique power of a live telephone conversation to immediately garner support from a community so angered by their Senator’s betrayal.
Their website, www.GiveBenTheBoot.com , was leading the way in signing up voters to register, identify, and mobilize voters. But to keep this steady drumbeat going for so many months, they would need additional funding to get the job done.
We drafted the script and letters that afternoon, trained our team the next morning, and by 3 p.m. on Sunday, we were on the move. The very first person with whom we spoke pledged $100. Every one of our campaign representatives who worked that Sunday afternoon had at least five pledges in the first hour.
Timing, training, and true believers make a difference.
Whether we are convincing voters to give their hard-earned money, talk to their State Representative or Member of Congress’ office, or support a candidate who will unfailingly defend their values, having true believers on the phone makes a meaningful difference. Our campaign representatives know how to keep their cool, talk their way through a situation, and make a positive difference. We aren’t the biggest firm, but we know how to get results.
From patch-through or give-number calls, to voter ID, persuasion, and fundraising, give us a call and let us show you what a difference we can make for you.
I hope you enjoyed that quick Flashback. Even today, we’re still here if you are ready to make a difference in your campaign.
I recently stumbled on this photo that I shared last July after the passing of Gov. Bob Ray.
This is the poster Bob Ray gave to major donors and friends when leaving office in 1982. I found it when I was cleaning out the Iowa GOP office at 521 East Locust in Des Moines.
He signed it for me in 2003. It says, “to a favorite friend,” which was particularly meaningful because I spent several years thinking he actively disliked me. He later said he was extra hard on me because he thought I could do better. He was right.
I hope they are still singing his theme song in heaven today…”Everyone here step to the rear, let a winner lead the way!”