Day in the Life of a Nonprofit Communicator – Winston C. Trumpet
Here’s the latest installment in our series on the “Day in the Life” of nonprofit communicators, where we ask you to describe your day in your own words.
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Winston C. Trumpet is an eighteen-year veteran in the nonprofit management field. He has managed both 501 (c)(3) and 501 (c)(6) organizations and currently owns his own consulting practice. He has taught both in the public and private sectors. A seasoned faith-based industry veteran, Winston consults with local nonprofits on development and fundraising events. He conducts both private and group strategic planning workshops for nonprofit and for-profit corporations. He is a highly regarded facilitator for strategic planning workshops, marketing seminars, and Faith-based outreach event planning.
And this is his typical day:
5:30 a.m. – Prayer and devotional bible reading
6:00 a.m.- Wake up wife, good morning kiss
7:00 a.m. – Walk wife to bus stop- See you later kiss
8:00 a.m. – At my desk in my home office, I check my to-do’s and my not-to-do lists. I prioritize my to-do and delegate my not-to-do items.
8:30 a.m. – Check and respond to emails
9:00 a.m. – Usually have my first communication with a client till 10 am. If not I reach out to my strategic partners to encourage and motivate them to have a productive day.
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m – If I have no telecoaching sessions scheduled, I focus on product development and updates. I am usually revamping presentations that help my clients to communicate their mission and vision to internal and external markets. I spend about 2 hours on this task because one of my mottos is Proper Preparation Prior to Presentation Prevents Poor Performance.
12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. – I leave my office and go for a walk or drive, then have lunch outside my office. If I am in my car I listen to jazz and relax till about 1:45 pm.
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – I review my to-do list, prioritize those I was unable to complete in the morning and get to work on keeping my clients satisfied by delivering fresh insight on their specific challenges. Most of my 1 on 1 business development coaching calls are after 6 pm.
After 4:00 p.m. – I prep my to-do list based on the incomplete items so they get first priority in the morning. I pull up and review the files on my evening clients and prepare any items I need during our sessions. I do my evening email communication, and I usually wrap up my last call at 9 pm, close my office door and spend time with my wife, then sleep by 10 pm, till God willing, another wake-up.
Thanks for sharing your day, Winston.
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