My Best Friend (well, almost)

I’ve been known to say that the most important member of a grantwriter’s team is a great chiropractor or massage therapist.

Deadlines being what they are, my neck and shoulders always end up in knots toward the end of a big proposal, and my chiropractor has been known to chide me for not coming in as soon as I start to tighten up. But, as I’ve explained to him, if I did that I’d just be back in knots ten minutes after starting back to work. So instead I finish up and only then go and let him work his magic on my muscles.

In some ways, grant writing is a young person’s endeavor. At some point, most grantwriters decide that working under the pressure of a non-negotiable deadline just isn’t as fun as it used to be. It’s not that the writing isn’t enjoyable — what isn’t fun is ensuring that the other folks who are supposed to contributeĀ  to the proposal stay on the agreed-upon timeline. When they’re late, their crises truly does become my emergency – and the pressure mounts. That’s why most of us go into consulting or program planning or evaluation at some point.

So if you’re facing some heavy deadlines, make friends with your local chiropractor or massage therapist. Your muscles will thank you!

One Response to “My Best Friend (well, almost)”

  • JOHNATHAN WATKINS

    CAN A COMPANY THAT HELPS THE HEALTH OF THE ELDERS,YOUTHS AND OBESITY PEOPLE.CAN I HAVE A GRANT WRITTEN?

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