Who really are you and the art of pitching

By: Saw Yo Har (John) from Myanmar/Burma

May 3, 2016

It was National Two Different Colored Shoes Day! For 364 days a year, most people wear matching footwear, but this day was an excuse to step outside the box. Dr. Arlene Kaiser created National Two Different Colored Shoes Day to recognize and celebrate human diversity. According to Dr. Kaiser, the simple act of wearing two different colored shoes proclaims your individuality. By taking this “positive risk,” you can demonstrate your willingness to be different, and show your appreciation for the unique people in your life.Wearing two different colored shoes can be as simple as wearing a black shoe and a brown shoe, or as outrageous as wearing a flip-flop and a boot. However you decide to express yourself today, do so with pride! Happy National Two Different Colored Shoes Day! (www.punchbowl.com)

It is hard to say if it was that fate or coincidence which we were here in the room from different background with multiple nationalities to have a chance to discuss and get our insights at the same date of National Two Different Colored Shoes Day. It was an exciting and interesting day that we could learn about NGOs in the U.S and NGO Foundation; Defining Mission & Vision with Ms. Keri McWilliams (Wild Rockies Filed Institute). In the next session, the art of selling our story came along.

We came to know of NGOs in US which have been known as Non Profit Organization and the history of Non Profit Organization. We could learn the term of NGO (non governmental organization), NPO (Non Profit Organization) and CSO (Civil Society Organization. Significantly for me, I could learn two sentences;

1) Non Profit could be the business which is doing for social goods

2) We are trying to break down the myth of Non Profit cannot try to earn anything back. I could think of the idea of social enterprise through these sentences.
Out of the agenda, I could learn the fundraising method which the Community Missoula Foundation used in the current event that included with numbers of organization in Montana which were combined in a platform where people could learn about them in one place. The idea of using the technology for linking the implementation organization and the donor was quite ideal. (Additional information could be learn at www.givelocalmissoula.org)

We thought that we are coming to equip more skills to ourselves when we come here but actually Keri helped us to find out who we really are. One thing from this session was we could learn from each other for what they are doing and what they are trying to achieve. It give me a portion to think of making stronger organization since the start of Mission Statement, finding our core values, reviewing our organizational approach.

There is always a time where the students would fall asleep usually. It is afternoon when our bellies are full and our tempo to think getting low. Ms.Spider aware of that which her session on selling our story did not make eyelids getting heavy. There are methods of selling yourself which I could reflect myself that I did not know my audience and there are many tips that I did not use. We did have a exercise session which we could express ourselves, what are we doing, who do we serve and how do we make it happen. That is valuable session which is important for selling your story. Through this session, I could develop my draft idea on have my own program"Wisdom for Life" which I had planned for long. It is intended to enhance the knowledge of youth and children through providing little book libraries (the idea that I combine it with Suzi’s implementation) and organized the youth in the book reading movement.

Even a tire day passed, energy and idea splash could be seen in the discussion for a team video project while negotiations, compromising and leading happened. Different background with different thinking styles was the way of celebrating the National Two Different Colored Shoes Day in an interesting way.


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