Thanksgiving is a perfectly named holiday.
From the food and the family to the football and endless rounds of apples to apples, it’s an all around joyous day… but I think it’s the label of “Thanks-giving” that I love the most. For once November rolls around, I have a constant reminder to be more thankful.
Thus, this post is a tribute full of thanks to a few inspiring human beings and companies that we’ve been blessed to learn from over the past 11 months. If I was to provide an exhaustive list of everyone that fits the “inspiring” moniker I would be blogging from now until the New Year, so I’ve whittled the list down to a select few and linked the amazing resources they provide.
If you’re looking to grow your organization by adding quality, lifetime members, I entreat you to check out PhiredUp. Their free resources are easy reads and provide unique, insightful techniques for improved recruitment. Yet equally as important as the service they provide is the people behind the scenes… they practice what they preach and care about nothing more than helping your organization achieve its membership initiatives. This past July I had the pleasure of sitting down for lunch with Matt Mattson, Jessica Gendron Williams and Woody Woodcock (real name) for a two hour lunch. We spent our time brainstorming innovative ways to connect members with groups they love and visa versa. Not once did they ask about a revenue model or how our recipe might eventually make money because that wasn’t their goal. They simply wanted to see if we could help organizations recruit more awesome people. And if you want to succeed in doing so for your own group, you need to care about your mission and the people surrounding it. They do.
The Response Ability Project
In Rochester this past fall we were blessed with Mike Dillbeck’s being. Wow.
If you haven’t heard about the RA project, I implore you to check out their site. In a nutshell, Mike and Co. are inspiring tens of thousands of people to take action against bullying, hazing, drug/alcohol abuse, sexual violence and discrimination. Their Everyday Hero campaign, a program that teaches people, young and old, how to stand up for what’s right, in a safe, non-aggressive manner, is catching on like wildfire. I can only hope the program picks up in the elementary/middle school curriculum so we can start engraining these basic, yet heroic instincts at a younger age.
Oh, Mike runs the entire show by himself. He is an outlier of a human being that’s gone above and beyond to leave the world in a better place than he found it. For that, we are very, very grateful.
Then there’s Cori Wallace
A marketing and communications maven, Cori has dedicated her talents to supporting non-profit and cause based organizations since 2001. Not only did Cori sweep me off my feet with her wit the first time we chatted (over the phone no less!), but her post titled “We’re Holding Out for a Hero” earns my vote for best blog piece in the non-profit sector for 2012 (I’d love to yours so add them to the comments!). Cori waxes poetic on what embodies a real fraternity man, or any man of virtue for that matter, and does it so well that any young gent can grasp the message. It’s a wonderful post by a wonderful lady who had the guts to step out and say exactly what needed to be said. After reading the post, I was immediately reminded of SAE’s “The True Gentleman,” but through the explicative words of a young lady.
We were introduced to Alon and his team over at Bizzabo over Twitter earlier this year. In brief, Bizzabo provides a free event app for mobile phones that includes some amazing networking tools that blow GuideBook out of the water (GuideBook can run ya $1,750 – $5,000!). What impresses me so much about Alon however, is that someone I had never met until just recently could teach us so much from so far. Though they are located in Tel Aviv, Alon and Co. have gone above and beyond at all hours to help clients we’ve sent their way not only set up their custom event app for free, but actually help them THROW a better conference. Alon has gone so far as to reach out to us to see if we’ve heard if an event is running smoothly or to see if there is anything they can do to help. The funny thing is, we’ve had customers call us as well just to say thank you for introducing them to Bizzabo… we didn’t even have to do anything to be appreciated because he does such an incredible job. Thank you Bizzabo.
But most importantly, we’re thankful for you. Without our faithful users, we wouldn’t have the opportunity to continue our quest of delivering better tools to groups, non-profits and cause based organizations. I hope some of the free resources listed above help your groups succeed in your missions and improve the lives of those you touch.
A very happy Thanks-Giving to everyone.
The one common thread among all those listed above is an unrelenting desire to be successful at what they pursue. Here’s on of my favorite inspirational “success” speeches. If anyone has other inspirational videos, we’d love to see them! We always share them amongst the office.
And lastly, I’d like to give a personal shout out to all my team mates at Groopt.
I heard a wise man once say that I wouldn’t be successful until the world didn’t have to pay me a dime to do whatever I chose to do, and that’s exactly how this team views their work. Though I’m impressed with their talents, I’m in sheer awe of the vigor with which they pursue them. They do so because they want to help make the world a better place and I’m thankful in every way for having the privilege to work with them.