How to start as a grant writer and reduce the overwhelm - Grant Writing Simplified Podcast with Teresa Huff, Episode 85

How to Start As a Grant Writer When You’re Overwhelmed [Episode 85]

Without a name, we can’t be specific…There is power in naming the unnamed things.

What Questions Do You Have About Grant Writing?

Lately we’ve been going back to the basics of grant writing! I’m answering some of the most common questions I hear about grants.

We learn how to level up your skills in the Fast Track to Grant Writer so you can approach your grant writing career with a more successful strategy. The end goal is to help you increase your income and your impact through grant writing.

How Do I Start as a Grant Writer?

That’s the most common question I hear…“Where do I start as a grant writer?
Here’s the thing. We tend to build things up in our heads and make them way harder than they need to be.
The problem is, when there are a lot of unknowns, that also spills over into our decisionmaking and clouds our judgment. Emily P. Freeman says in her book, Without a name, we can’t be specific…There is power in naming the unnamed things.
If you’re dealing with a general feeling of overwhelm and can’t seem to move forward with making decisions, start with naming. Then you know what you have to work with. 
That can go a long way in helping you determine your next right step.
Finding a Balance with Long-Term Perspective


We need to find a balance between addressing the immediate, urgent demands while keeping a long-term, visionary perspective in sight. This starts with a few simple steps:

Keep things running, but think in the context of a visionary perspective

  1. Dig into the overwhelming thing and name it.
  2. Find your core clarity:
    • Personal why
    • Vision, mission, and core values

Those become a filter for decisionmaking. We’ve named and defined what we have to work with, so then it’s not an ambiguous, overwhelming problem. We have a core framework for moving forward.

Listen to the full episode for examples and deeper discussion of each.


Challenge Question:

What is one area that has you feeling stumped right now, and how can you name it to help you move forward? Connect with me over on LinkedIn or send me a message and I’ll share more resources with you.


Keep at it, my friend! Have a great week, and keep changing your world!

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Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Grant Writer? Take the Quiz:

If you’re ready to explore a career in grant writing, take my free quiz, “Do you have what it takes to be a grant writer?” People are always surprised at how many skills they already have. The distance isn’t as far as they thought. Let’s figure out how you can use your skills to help change your world.

If you’re ready to step up your nonprofit game in 2022, join me on the Fast Track to Grant Writer. The world needs you.

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