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Lessons from Restaurant Impossible Chef Robert Irvine


I’m kind of a Food Network junkie. I know, it’s not very intellectual or macho of me. However, watching teams battle it out in competition or seeing Ina Garten’s deft hand with “really good” ingredients helps me relax! One of my favorite shows, “Restaurant Impossible,” features Chef Robert Irvine. He’s a drill sergeant and a shock therapist in one giant, British package. The things this man has said while in the face of dysfunctional restaurant owners will make you cringe. But in the end, his confrontational style wins the day. After Chef Robert has finished yelling, insulting and sometimes wielding a sledgehammer, the restaurateur is forced to wake up and smell the crème brulee. They are forced to change, opening up new vistas full of limited choice menus and higher profits. Star-Struck Imagine my surprise a few weeks ago when I queued up for a latte at an airport Starbucks and spotted the celebrity chef himself standing in front of me. A brief but nice fan-to-star chat ensued leading to a shameless se ...

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Development Consultants: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly


The last thing I ever wanted to be was a development consultant.  I hated fundraising. I hated consultants even more.  And now look at me, sitting here, writing this as a development consultant! Maybe that gives me some room to address the topic of hiring people like me.  In the next few minutes, I want to tell you what I have learned about development and why consultants, if they are the right ones, can actually help your organization grow.  When it comes to consultants, you really have the good, the bad and the ugly.   The Good Consultants who are worth hiring not only offer you experience, they are teachers. They love to impart knowledge and help people grow in their understanding of development.  They impart truth, like best practices, proven techniques, and researched results.  They also confront bad habits and speak the truth firmly, but in love.  In short, a good consultant will not only fish for you, they will teach you how to fish.  At the end of ...

  1. Re: 7 Ways to Retain More Donors

    Great stuff! So good to see you link donors with the work. Remember how Paul linked the supporting folks...

    -- Jamie

  2. Re: Fundraising's Duh Factor: Keep more donors, raise more money

    Great read, I can appreciate the small things that keep the donor engaged.

    -- LaTanya

  3. Re: The Lapsed, Declined & The Disengaged

    Thanks Jerry. Organizations can also engage a credit card processing provider who enables donors to make...

    -- MKordic

  4. Re: Asking Naturally: Replacing Fear With Faith

    Thanks for the great post, Jerry--full of biblical truth! We join the Lord in His work through ministry...

    -- Will Stevens

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About Jerry

I’ve been involved in the media for over 30 years with experience that spans television, radio and print. But my growing passion over the past decade has become development for non-profit organizations.

I love being a special friend and advisor to dozens of ministry leaders and radio station managers across the country. (I believe Christian radio has only just begun to reach its full potential.)Many non-profit organizations are functioning at a level far below what they could achieve if development were given its proper place in the management process.

My skill set includes development, marketing, strategic planning and leadership development as a certified Ministry Coach..

Before joining Advocace, I served as a development consultant for another firm, and as General Manager for one of the top Christian music stations in the country, and as Donor Marketing Director for WAY-FM Media Group. I also enjoyed raising funds as Director of Development for the University Of South Carolina School Of Law, as well as an active speaker, writer and facilitator.

You can find out more about how I help non-profit organizations and how to contact me here.

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