Yesterday I was hitting the phones and email again. I’m in the process of contacting potential donors for The San Dieguito Heritage Museum‘s 26th Annual BBQ on May 17th from Noon til 3 pm. (Food will be served until 2:30.) Most of the businesses (mostly restaurants) that I’m contacting will donate gift cards or certificates for our silent auction.
When I’m in this mode I have to keep in mind that although I’m confirming the proper email to use to contact a business owner or manager, other opportunities arise that speed up the process so I can reach the goal sooner. Yesterday afternoon I was playing phone tag (the good kind!) with Amir from Surf Brothers and when we finally connected I asked for gift certificates and he let me know that was no problem. I asked if I could pick them up and he said yes, so I asked if I could do it right away. Again, no problem.
Not too long after that I drove to one of the Surf Brothers four locations and picked up the gift cards and some flyers and brochures for the display at The San Dieguito Heritage Museum.
While I was there I got dinner for my honey and me. If you check out the Instagram link above you’ll see that I got so carried away while enjoying the food that I forgot to take a picture of it. So I took a picture of the gift cards and literature instead. I made a mistake on the date of our event on Instagram early this morning so to be clear, it’s on Saturday, the 17th of May and it’s SDHM’s 26th Annual BBQ.
“What did we learn on the show tonight, Craig?”
Although I was really building up a head of steam in calling and emailing, the ultimate goal of each contact is donations for the silent auction. When I found someone who was willing to donate right now I stopped what I was doing and picked up the gift cards because RECEIVING the donation on behalf of The San Dieguito Heritage Museum is the goal.
You’re engaged in activities (hopefully in support of a goal or goals!) and it’s important to not miss the forest for the trees. When your goal is in sight, reach out and grab it! This is true, too – A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.