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“You are a wonderful trainer and we all learned so much. You
have a real joy for your work and your desire to help shines through!”

Deidre Martin
Chief Development Officer
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College

Ed with Students

Acting for Askerssm
In-Person Group Sessions

If life is just a stage, then every one of us is an actor. Get ready to hone your craft and perfect the art of the ask with Ed’s program, Acting for AskersSM. We all find ourselves in asker mode virtually every day of our lives – whether it’s appealing to a donor or simply asking a coworker for help. It doesn’t matter if you’re focus is on large markets or small, connecting with donors to maximize the full potential of every meeting, presentation, event, or negotiation is always mission critical.

Ed teaches participants to listen and communicate more effectively. Become more relaxed, present, and persuasive through the application of techniques used in classical theatre training. Sessions explore the similarities between the actor and asker, learning how to apply basic acting principles in daily work to inspire greater authenticity, interest, focus, imagination, and empathy while developing a more consistently successful ask.


“Working with Ed was an exceptional experience. I immediately felt at ease in our sessions. With great intuition, Ed assisted me in presenting more of myself in my speeches and connecting with my audience.”

Stacey Todd
Director, One Small Step

Acting for Askerssm 
One-on-One Coaching

Private Acting for Asking coaching sessions available for beginner to experienced askers.

Learn the Acting for Askers approach In these highly personalized sessions. Askers receive direction and advice as they prepare for an ask, rehearse their pitch, and practice their craft.

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“Ed was able to achieve in just one day with our team, what some past trainers have tried to accomplish over the course of several training sessions.”

Margaret Hubbard
Associate VP, Major Gift Development
Barry University

Ed with Students

Improv for Fundraisers

For fundraisers, it’s all about getting to the ask. Strengthen your team’s asking skills and learn new ones with Ed’s Improvisation for Fundraisers sessions. Using the 6 basic tenets of improvisation, including making the other look good and saying “Yes And,” your team will learn to construct and communicate stronger clearer asks. These sessions, appropriate for fundraisers of all levels, are perfect for lunch-and-learns and all-staff meetings as well as day-long professional development sessions.


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