Snarks, Sharks and Drama Queens: How to Navigate People-Generated Obstacles to Grant Success

Difficult people seem to be everywhere. Left unchecked, they destroy collaborations and cause employee turnover. Bruce Ripley will draw from 25 years of experience as an addiction counselor, grant writer and consultant to help you minimize the people related obstacles making your work harder than it has to be. As a result of this interactive presentation, you will increase your ability to:

- Distinguish between the situationally difficult versus the truly difficult person;
- Identify work environments or collaborations which fuel the difficult person;
- Respond constructively to the difficult person; and
- Change the one thing over which you have total control - yourself

Then, as a result of increasing these skills, you will improve your ability to:

- Deal with people who make information for your grant proposals hard to obtain (GPC competency #1);
- Get input from colleagues who make program/project design more challenging (GPC competency #2);
- Adhere to GPA ethical standards when others behave in an unprofessional or unethical manner (GPC competency #5);
- Maintain relationships with funders (GPC competency #7); and
- Implement practices and services that raise the level of professionalism of grant developers (GPC competency #8) 

GPC Competencies Addressed:
How to craft, construct, and submit an effective grant application
Strategies for effective program and project design and development
Nationally recognized standards of ethical practice by grant developers
Methods and strategies that cultivate and maintain relationships between fund-seeking and recipient organizations and funders
Practices and services that raise the level of professionalism of grant developers

Bruce Ripley, MA is the grant writer for a nonprofit organization in Kentucky, a freelance writer and consultant, and a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Bruce's grant proposals and direct mail appeals have raised more than $16 million from government and private sources. He has also written or co-authored 11 home study courses for counselors and 4 regional plans to combat the opioid epidemic. He lives in Loveland, Ohio.