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As you ponder your 2016 resolution list on how to be a more effective board member, think about some of the ways you can personally improve your chapter's member and volunteer engagement.
What's on your 2016 list of resolutions (you have 16 days to ponder)? Will it be to do something innovative with your volunteer workforce?
In every volunteer training program I facilitate, we eventually get to the subject of what to do with difficult or under-performing volunteers. The solution is simple, the implementation is not. But yes, we have to fire volunteers.
Let us spread the word: thank-you. For when we do, we show appreciation, caring, empathy, love and kindness. And so Peter, Carol and I say Thank-you!
Supercharging your volunteer engagement takes, well, a commitment. A commitment to embracing a vibrant volunteer program that recognizes today's volunteer's challenges.
Submitted by guest blogger Elizabeth Weaver Engel, M.A., CAE, CEO & Chief Strategist, Spark Consulting LLC
Have you ever had this experience?
Someone (chapter leader, staff, volunteer leadership) comes up with a great idea for a new program, product, or service. Maybe it was even specifically requested by members. Your team builds it, hopefully on time and on budget. The result has lots of features, works easily and the way it’s supposed to, and looks terrific to boot. And then it doesn’t perform up to expectations or create the return on investment you envisioned.
Running a successful chapter can be a daunting task and nothing makes it more so than the operational side of things. To help with this, we’ve compiled a list of available tools and resources that chapters can use to address many of these tasks. Keep in mind that there are a gazillion+ tools and new technologies coming online every day so this list is far from complete. (Updated 10/28/17)
I had the pleasure of spending last weekend with a group of great “early career” PTs. What sticks with me though is the confirmation that our associations will be well-cared for and nurtured – and yes, changed – by our newest professionals.
I attended a session at last week’s Mid-Atlantic Marketing Seminar in Baltimore on reaching the media in a digital/mobile world. The main message was that while the media may be more accessible, it is also harder to get their attention. After all, there is so much information coming in from so many directions that our heads are spinning.
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