I learned a great leadership lesson today. For a couple of weeks a few of us were complaining that no one wanted to do the STC competition this year because it's too much work. And so often in the chapter we feel short on volunteers. You have to twist people's arms to get them to do anything, it seems.
Not really. Mark Hanigan e-mailed me saying, "I would bet that there are quite a few people who would volunteer to take on roles if you call them as the Suncoast president and ask!"
I decided to try Mark's advice. In one night I e-mailed about 10 people inviting them to accept various positions in the chapter. Would you believe that about 75% of the people accepted? This blew my mind.
Here's the method for recruiting people:
Of course there's another phase to this after they accept, but just getting commitment is a big hurdle.
Previously when I needed help, I often sent an e-mail to our chapter listserv asking for help. Almost no one ever responds to those calls (well, I did. But then again, it was something I was interested in: webmaster).
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