Star Wars and Grantwriting: “Help Me Obi Wan Kenobi, You’re My Only Hope”

What Star Wars Can Teach Grantwriters

Leia Help me Obi Wan

“Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi! You’re my only hope!” Princess Leia

Desperate people may call upon you for rescue.

Princess Leia (and the Rebellion) were in a difficult situation. Annihilation of their cause was on the horizon. She knew she needed a person of rare talent and ability. She was calling on a true Jedi Master, one who had trained with top-notch instructors like Yoda for many years. For decades, he had practiced with his light saber and he had learned to use the Force to enhance his senses. Obi-Wan could wave his hand and decisions would change.

It wasn’t clear that even a Jedi Master of the level of Obi-Wan Kenobi could save the situation but he had the competence based on his background and continued efforts needed to be successful.
As a grant writer, you may feel that your entire organization is leaning on you like you’re their only hope. That’s a lot of pressure! And it isn’t usually a fair thing to do to you.
After all, the board is supposed to make sure there’s income to meet expenditures, and they are supposed to help raise funds as well. But, as we all know, sometimes boards abdicate that responsibility.

If you’re the executive director of your organization, sometimes you are the chief grantwriter as well. In that case, you may actually BE the organization’s only hope. Even if your entire job is writing grants, the executive director and the board may be relying on your skills to bring in sufficient revenue, no matter the perilous odds.

Are you really ready for that level of expectation?

Have you desired to be a grantwriter, using the force of your writing skills to influence people’s decisions? Have you spent years training and getting better, under the watchful eye of a mentor or coach?

If so, congratulations! May the Force be with you!

If, on the other hand, you got into grantwriting because “somebody has to do it,” you may not have received much preparation beyond a basic one or two day introduction to grantwriting seminar.
Or perhaps you have some experience but long to really be able to get a solid and systematic grounding in writing grants.

Wouldn’t it be nice to get direct feedback on your ideas from a coach who’s been there, writing successful grants for decades and teaching fledgling grantwriters for years?
And, wouldn’t it be great to be able to do that from the comfort of your office or home, using online technology (and maybe the phone) to take your skills from where they are now to being able to write successful grants consistently?

Stay tuned for an important announcement about a new online grantwriting course coming soon to your galaxy!

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