My 2014 highlights


It’s that time of year when we look back over the last twelve months and celebrate our highlights. For me, it’s important to acknowledge the successes during the year and to set goals for the year to come. These have been my professional highlights this year (in no particular order):

I became an accredited trainer and have delivered training on behalf of Media Trust throughout the year.

Rob Dyson asked me to become an admin of The Third Sector PR and Communications Network – a hugely helpful network for advice, discussions or sharing resources. If you’re not a member yet, what are you waiting for?

I was an official blogger for the Institute of Fundraising’s National Convention – three days of great presentations and the opportunity to catch up with fellow charity folk.

I landed my current role doing a job I love for a company I’ve long admired.

My blog post on how to run a successful crowdfunding campaign was CharityComms most read article of 2014. Thanks to Anastasia Emmanuel from Indiegogo for her top tips!

I became a regular contributor for the Guardian Voluntary Sector and I was quoted in the actual Guardian. (My husband joked we should frame the article. I haven’t gone that far yet…)

Presenting with my colleague Deborah at Media Trust’s Art of Engagement conference has definitely been a highlight, particularly as I don’t like public speaking!

And talking about public speaking… I also presented recently at the IoF’s Regional Special Interest Group for Community Fundraising and it was great as there was a lot of discussion and debate. I was followed by Teri Doubtfire who delivered a fantastic presentation – I’ve definitely taken some tips on presenting from her!

I’ve been a Trustee at the Small Charities Coalition for just over a year now and I’m really excited at the direction the charity is moving in.

Enrolling on Google’s Squared Online course – I’m only just over half way through. It’s been challenging but I do love a challenge…

So, what am I looking forward to in 2015?

Hopefully to pass Squared Online!

To help my team at work to reach our targets.

To retain my CharityComms ‘most popular post’ title (ideas for a popular blog post topic will be gratefully received…)

But generally… to work hard, to step out of my comfort zone, to say ‘yes’ more than ‘no’, to do the things that scare me and to just be happy.

What have been your highlights this year?

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