#18NTC Session Save The Date: April 11, 2018

When it comes to building a new website or selecting a CRM/ticketing provider, you can craft a Request For Proposal (RFP) capable of producing solutions you need…or just set your money on fire. Choose wisely because you only get one shot.

Having said that, writing a RFTP capable of getting what you want, and what you need, is a daunting task.

To that end, I want to help you and your organization save money, stress, and time. I’m putting together a session for the 2018 Nonprofit Technology Conference (#18NTC) on this very topic. Titled my Everything Tech Providers Wished You Knew About Writing A RFP (Plus The Stuff They Want To Keep Secret), the session now has an official date and time:

  • When: Wednesday, April 11, 2018
  • Time: 3:30pm -5:00pm
  • Where: 2018 Nonprofit Technology Conference, New Orleans
  • Register: org/ntc

Joining me for the session is longtime colleague and conference session collaborator, Ceci Dadisman.

While #18NTC may not be one of the conferences you’re used to considering, it’s high time to broaden your horizons. #18NTC focuses on a much broader cross section of nonprofits and as a result, attendance is much larger than the usual suspect conferences.

What that means is more sessions run by an even larger pool of qualified speakers.

I’ve been going through the conference schedule and there are more than a dozen sessions I’ve already earmarked to attend. From just the IT track, From Spreadsheets To Apps, Help Search Engines Find and Feature You, A Guide to Choosing CRMs from Independent Experts, and 9 Ways To Prevent A Ransomware Attack To Your Nonprofit all look like fascinating sessions that should produce results you can implement ASAP.

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About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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