054: Dan Pallotta - On Convincing People
I've got a special edition of This Moved Me this week! I gave a big hint about it in my weekly
This Moved Me newsletter
a few weeks back... so, for those who are not signed up for these emails (why aren't you signed up for these?!), let me see if I can set this up for you.
A few weeks ago I attended the
. They had some HUGE keynote speakers lined up -
from the Blue Zone project (hilarious, I'm dying to interview him),
- the physicist futurist (he is really something - a total entertainer) - and then our guest for today's show -
founder and president of
You see, Dan invented the modern-day charity event, and in doing so, raised hundreds of millions of dollars for some of the biggest causes of the day. But it wasn't an easy ride.
- inspires and insists on a new way of thinking about how we treat charities and nonprofits so that these organizations have a fighting chance at actually changing the world.
Here's my connection with this talk that I LOVE:
When I heard Dan's talk, I was working at a nonprofit, and his words resonated - shook me. I was listening to an audio version of it on a run while I was doing an event in Omaha, running through the beautiful grounds of ConAgra and being bowled over by how RIGHT he was getting it. I found it powerful, poetic and prophetic.
The thing is -
at the core of Dan's talk is a belief that we can change the world
- and that if we really invest in our dreams, in the possibilities -if we really believe that we can do big things and then act accordingly - then we might have a chance to actually change this world of ours...
But it will require a change of mindset for all of us.
When I saw Dan speak at the conference, it was a moving experience for me. Now, I'm not someone who gives standing ovations. I just don't. It's not that I don't want to love up the speaker - I do! It's just that I think it should be a rare, rare gift. And at the end of Dan's talk, I stood up and applauded.
And I looked around and realized that maybe a dozen other people had joined me - out of an audience of 1,000. So, though I am drinking the Dan Pallotta kool-aid, not everyone is - such is the nature of someone who is pushing for change - which begs the question,
how do you convince people of something that they're not ready to be convinced of yet?
Well, I somehow convinced Dan to chat with me. In our brief conversation, we talked about audience, mobilizing people, the power of your own conviction and the role of language in convincing people. I'm super excited to share this with you.
Now, there's no This Moved Me Moment this week - No Coaches Corner. Just a brief conversation with a really talented and passionate speaker whose talk is moving the world.
Resources We Talked About:
Dan's writings on HBR: