Man…I love the road. But the road has been hard over the past few weeks, with tons of back to back to back adventures that have left me super weary.
But I really just wanted to make a few simple points.
I was just out in Bismarck, ND (another first time visit for me) giving the opening keynote at the annual meeting of the ND Association of Nonprofit Organizations. This was my third trip up north in the last 365 days, having hit Montana and Wyoming a few months back. Coming from the East Coast, it’s hard to get your head around the kind of traveling it takes for nonprofits in these states to come together. Long distance travel…man, it’s in their blood, but still…can you imagine strapping yourself in for a 6 hour drive, just to attend a meeting. And they do it all the time.
People who work with battered women….they will drive that far to help a woman get to a court date.
People who provide food to pantries…..they will drive that far to deliver food.
People who are involved in advocacy….they drive that far to register people to vote.
But…even though it’s routine for them, I did not want that to interfere with my desire to really…REALLY…deliver a top shelf talk to them about nonprofits–what we do, why we do it, and what we could achieve it we worked together.
I must admit…I do a V3 pitch just about every other day, and I’m pretty damn earnest about each of my talks, but I was truly impressed by the energy and passion I encountered up in ND.
Maybe it’s that they are more in touch, up there, with the reality of what is coming. Maybe they are just more acutely aware of what an ever increasing price of gas will do to the budget of the average American. Maybe it’s because many, if not most, of the nonprofits up there are truly all alone in their towns. Maybe they are ahead of the curve up there.
Whatever the reason, I had a ton of folks sign up for V3 on this trip…more, in fact, than I do in a lot of the major cities where I speak.
Maybe you should.