From my high school debate team days to my time as a corporate sales trainer, I have enjoyed public speaking and engaging audiences with training or keynote presentations. In 2019, I became a Grant Professional Associate Approved Trainer.
It has been my pleasure to represent the grants profession as a speaker for:
Warming Up a Cold Call: How to Use Email and Phone to Secure New Donors
Turn Dread into Bread: How to Develop and Present Your Program Budget
Introduction to Grant Writing (and personal coaching)
Keynote: Why I Love Grant Writing
"@meldraut knocked it out of the park today on the #LearnGrants Online Summit!"
Diane H. Leonard, GPC, LST @DianeHLeonard 3/13/2020
"I've been to a variety of conferences in fundraising, but never have I experienced a training that was so practical for working with donors. Melissa captured the challenges we face in contacting prospective donors and shared simple strategies for overcoming these obstacles. She gave me new ideas I can incorporate into the training I provide within my organization and I would highly recommend her to others."
Megan Smith, Dean of Institutional Advancement, Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.
"Melissa used strategies to engage participants and gave us opportunities to practice what she was teaching. I love going to sessions where you get to really learn, not just listen."
Ronda Harmon, Executive Director, Kentucky Association of School Councils