Thoughts on launching

Here are a few thoughts I wrote up about the nature of launching a project for the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) of Des Moines blog . We had an amazing turnout (100 people – lots of new faces!) at our Launch Party on Thursday! Check out our Facebook page for photos from the event.

I even designed our logo myself!

I’m no Olympian, but I imagine (the feeling of launching a project) must be what a diver or gymnast feels in midair, as their body twirls and they try to discern from their swirling surroundings whether or not they’ll land on their feet.

Launching a project is a lot of planning, even more communication and follow-through on plans. It’s pretty simple in theory: Figure out what you’re going to do, let people know you’re doing it and then deliver on that promise. But, in my experience, each stage involves overcoming a dose of fear. Sure, you’ve done your research and it seems like a good idea. You’re enthused! And then the doubt creeps in. What if you’re the only one who’s excited about it? You take the time to cobble together a social media presence, and then wonder if you have what it takes to feed that beast and contribute to the conversation in a way that will make people take note. You have your checklist of to-dos, only to be sidelined by other projects or a case of procrastination, or unanswered calls and e-mails. Get through all three and that’s the takeoff.

And then there’s phase two. To borrow an Iowa cliche: You built it, but will they really come? After all that work, you hope so. But not every gymnast sticks a routine, especially the first time. And if they do show up, is your project sustainable? Can you keep the momentum alive?

Read the rest here: ynpndesmoines.wordpress.com/the-joy-and-terror-of-launching

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