Volunteer Power News Number 23
Author: Thomas W. McKee
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Cool stuff that you have never heard before Follow Up
Thank you for your fantastic response to our last newsletter "Cool Stuff that you never heard before." Many of you responded and the top suggestions for follow up are the following:
One: Motivation -- How to keep my volunteers
motivated so that they keep their commitments
There you have the next six newsletters.
This Issue: Motivation - How do I motivate my volunteers so that they keep their commitments?
Five strategies to keep your volunteers excited and passionate about their volunteer work.
Number One: Document, Document, Document
Most of us think we are doing far more motivating than we really are. Try this experiment for one month and check out your motivation strategies.
Keep a notebook on your desk with the name of everyone of your volunteers. Every time you give positive feedback to one of your volunteers, put a mark. At the end of the month note how much feedback you have given to each volunteer. Who are you missing? Who are you not encouraging? Who is getting all of the positive feedback.
Strategy Two: Positive Feedback
Feedback is the number one motivator. How are you using the following methods.
Strategy Three: Rewards
Last week I was speaking at local chapter of DOVIE (Directors of Volunteers In Agencies) and I was asked this question, "Do you recommend giving out rewards? Our experience is that it promotes a few and announces to the others that they are losers. And it often creates hard feelings."
I answered that question this way.
I am a firm believer in rewards - if you follows these rules:
Strategy Four: Conferences and Workshops
Send your volunteer leaders to a special conference for your organization. When you send a volunteer to a conference, you are sending a message that they are significant. The conference also becomes a networking opportunity with other volunteers. DOVIA and AVA are two organizations that have local chapters for volunteer leaders and they offer regular training sessions. National conferences are exciting. I am going to be attending the Youth Specialties Convention in Atlanta this weekend. Many youth leaders bring their volunteers teams with them to get ideas, have fun and be crazy (no one is more crazy than volunteers who work with kids).
Strategy Five: Budget
I recommend that you put 10% of your annual budget for volunteer motivation (awards, training, conferences, etc.)
These are just five motivation strategies that work, but the most important one is number 1 - because it gives you feedback on how you are doing.
For more motivation
ideas, or expanded illustrations of these ideas, check out "How
to Motivate Volunteers."
Next newsletter: Recruiting. How can I find committed volunteers?
Thank you for reading this month's issue of Volunteer Power News.
Thomas W. McKee
Tom McKee is a leading volunteer management speaker, trainer and consultant. You can reach Tom at (916) 987-0359 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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