[PODCAST] Gift of Doubt: What if you’re exactly the leader you need to be?

Discussing “The Surprising Gift of Doubt”

What a thought! Who you are, right now, with what you know and what you’ve experienced is enough. You are capable…in fact, you’re perfectly capable. But you might still have doubts, too—and that’s okay. In fact, those doubts are actually gifts. 

In this episode of the Good to Growth podcast, Katie talks about leadership and doubt with Marc Pitman. Marc is the author of the new book The Surprising Gift of Doubt: Using Understanding to Become the Exceptional Leader You’re Meant to Be. This unique read explores how a little self-discovery can help us become self-assured. 

While the book applies to all leaders, Katie and Marc focus their discussion on nonprofit leaders and the unique struggles they face. Drawing upon his experience as a renowned fundraising coach, Marc shares stories and tools he’s used to help leaders realize that their doubt is a blessing in disguise. If you need a confidence boost, this episode is for you!


Resources Mentioned by Marc:

Values Sorter


The Surprising Gift of Doubt: Using Understanding to Become the Exceptional Leader You’re Meant to Be

More Resources on Leadership & Confidence

Grow Your Confidence so You Can Grow Your Nonprofit’s Mission 

The Power of Introverts in the Nonprofit Sector

About Marc Pitman, author of The Gift of Doubt

An international leadership coach and fundraising trainer, Marc A. Pitman, CSP®, helps nonprofit board members and staff get excited about asking for money. He founded The Concord Leadership Group along with FundraisingCoach.com, recognized by The Atlantic as “1 of 5 Philanthropic blogs fundraisers need to read.” His latest book is The Surprising Gift of Doubt: Use Uncertainty to Become the Exceptional Leader You Are Meant to Be. He is also the author of Ask Without Fear!®. Additionally, Marc is the executive director of the affordable fundraising training program The Nonprofit Academy. He serves as an Advisory Panel member of Rogare, a prestigious international fundraising think tank.

Marc has a passion that makes people call him the “Johnny Appleseed of fundraising.” Marc believes fundraising is all about leadership. Fundraising affects everything from mission and vision to board governance to HR to marketing and community relations. He strives to make it ridiculously easy for everyone—board members, volunteers, and nonprofit staff —to get fundraising training. For example, Ask Without Fear! now has translations in Dutch, Polish, Spanish, and Chinese. Marc also continues to write books, create online fundraising training, and collaborate on systems like 100 Donors in 90 Days.

In addition, Marc’s leadership experience includes planting and pastoring a Vineyard church, managing a gubernatorial campaign, and teaching internet marketing at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Mark received recognition as one of Maine’s first “40 Under Forty,” honoring Maine’s emerging generation of leaders.

He is the husband of his best friend and the father of three amazing kids. And if you see him drive by, he’ll probably be singing 80’s tunes loud enough to embarrass his family.

Shout out to Kessel Strategies for making this podcast possible!

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Marc Pitman

Katie Appold

Katie’s nonprofit career includes a variety of leadership roles for human service, foundation, and publishing-related nonprofits as well as many volunteer roles. Under Katie’s leadership, nonprofit organizations have developed new programs related to free healthcare, affordable and accessible housing and literacy programs for K-12 students. In her first Executive Director role, Katie increased the annual revenue of the organization she led by 300% and received the top grant prize in the nation for affordable housing through the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis. Today, she leads Nonprofit Hub and Cause Camp, which collectively serve more than 50,000 nonprofits throughout North America. Her educational background includes an undergraduate degree in business administration and a masters degree in nonprofit leadership. Katie serves as the board president of Gracious Grounds, a housing organization serving individuals with disabilities. She is an active member of the Grand Rapids Young Nonprofit Professionals, the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce, Cause Network, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

December 3, 2021

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