How dating and fundraising are essentially the same thing
The first meeting (or the notorious eye contact across the room)
This can happen via social media, being referred by a friend or simply that you have an interest (the charity or person is just your type!)
Cultivation and Engagement
You start to get to know more about each other. You have conversations, you listen, you try to impress. You arrange your next date.
The start of a relationship
You find out what makes them tick (whether it’s hand holding, saving puppies, running, pensive beard stroking or feeding hungry children). This then builds into ‘the next step’. You ask for something, they give it to you, you’re appreciative, polite and ultimately a good all-round human because this person is giving up part of themselves. Don’t be a robot – this is a turn off!
The long term relationship
You establish what works for you both, what you both like and this develops into a long-lasting, mutually beneficial relationship, which might reach that MAJOR stage of commitment.
If you don’t take the time to listen, respond and be human, your relationship won’t last long.
If you are always taking and never providing anything in return your relationship won’t last long.
If you are a robot, don’t reply or don’t show gratitude when the other does something for you, your relationship won’t last long.
Be human, be appreciative, listen, and understand what the other party wants outside of what you want. Then you will have a fantastic, long-lasting relationship!