Bringing your whole self to work: or 11 things trusts fundraising and stand-upcomedy have in common


Is it necessary to have a ‘work you’ and a ‘real you’?

Matt struggled for years to become what he thought was the Platonic ideal of a Trusts and Foundations fundraiser. The conflict between this persona and his ‘real’ self caused wellbeing strains – and didn’t always result in better fundraising.

Things started to change after he had an epiphany during a full run of a comedy show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

This session is for anyone who has struggled to fulfil expectations around who they should be at work. It will cover a smorgasbord of lessons Matt has transferred from comedy to fundraising, and underlines the major wellbeing benefits of ‘dropping the act’.


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