Is there anything better than advice from mom? OK, maybe her homemade chicken soup, but other than that, nothing comes close. The wise words our mothers bestowed on us have a way of staying with us as we grow older. They also have a tendency to ring true. Turns out getting a good night’s sleep really is the key to a good tomorrow. In honor of Mother’s Day, here are a few of our favorite mom sayings that will help you be a better group leader.
“Don’t be late.”
It sounds simple, but being prompt is one of the easiest ways to stay diligent as a group leader. As the head of the group, you set the tone for how the organization is run. If you are late to meetings, or are late with deadlines, your members will likely follow suit. Also, if people feel like their time isn’t valued, they may decide to stop showing up all together. When hosting a meeting, it is good practice to be the first one present. As they say, they early bird gets the worm…and the increased member attendance.
“Sharing is caring.”
Easier said than done, right? We get it. Life is overwhelming, and running an organization can get hectic fast. Hold yourself accountable by setting a schedule and sticking to it. Even dedicating a few minutes a day to accomplish your tasks will keep your group on track and moving forward. Take advantage of automation tools that you can set and forget. It may be better to tackle everything at once, or to break down admin tasks over the week. Find what works for you but be sure to meet those deadlines. The more ahead of schedule you are, the less stressed you’ll be later on!
“The best way to make a friend is to be one.”
Keeping in touch with your fellow group members is a great way to boost engagement and foster friendships. Communication in groups can make or break an organization’s effectiveness. Try to individually connect with your members and discover the communication style that best suits the needs of the group. Some may prefer text messages and social media, while others only prefer to be reached via email -- memberplanet makes it easy for you to tailor your messages and communicate through all these channels. If you keep strengthening the connection between your group and your members, they're likely to stay active and engaged.
“Play to win.”
Always keep your eye on the prize. Moms know that it’s always good to have a little healthy competition. By setting challenging yet realistic goals for your group, you will inspire your members to aim high. Are you trying to boost engagement? Be proactive and plan an event for your group. Trying to increase donations? Set up a donation campaign and encourage your supporters to promote it with their own pledges. If you keep what you want to achieve as the main focal point of your organization, then you and your members will remain driven to reach it.
All of this is easy to do on memberplanet.
Originally published May 8, 2017
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