Welcome to the Donor Doctor with your host James Newberry. On today’s episode, James talks with Jim Boyd — Poker Pro, Lessons that Apply to Fundraising. Learn the similarities and understand how you can raise funds more efficiently!
How did Jim start in poker?
Jim learned a lot from Bobby Baldwin, a world champion in poker. He read his books, and followed his style in playing. Jim likes the way Bobby handles himself at the poker table.
While in his youth, Jim joined a number of poker tournaments. He won around a million dollars in total. Now, he’s into cash games where he could just join and leave whenever he wants.
Read to Improve
Reading hones the mind and provides more information about a particular subject. It is among the things that copywriters and poker players could do to enhance their skills.
James has worked with young copywriters. He recalls one time he asked one of them if he’s read a particular book. The binding suggested that he really didn’t read it.
Many simply skim through the pages instead of actually reading and understanding what’s written. James shares that one needs to read things closely especially if it’s his means of living.
Know the Cues
Back in 1991, James attended a poker tournament. He made it to the final table, but was defeated by TJ Cloutier. TJ has a knack in poker.
He was very good with cues, and knew if something is wrong with the other guy. The same sense of people can also be applied to fundraising. It can help identify what’s necessary to raise an amount.
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If you’re short on time, here are the highlights of Jim Boyd — Poker Pro, Lessons that Apply to Fundraising:
How did Jim start in poker? (00:48)
Read to improve? (2:29)
Know the cues? (3:36)
Advantages of a poker player? (9:22)
On the lookout? (11:36)
Blaming for loss? (13:59)
A student of the game? (18:45)