I recently organized an event for my community, and I enrolled 225 volunteers for a two-day fundraiser! I'd love to share with you the steps I took to create this success.
First, a note on success creation and building positive relationships, then we'll get down to brass tacks. My experience is that you can do all the right things, but if you are not coming from the right energy, you will not experience positive results.
The most common energy that I see non-profits, businesses and entrepreneurs get stuck in is desperation. When this energy is behind all of your actions, your actions become less powerful and can be perceived as predatory and sales-y. This is never the warm, attractive invite that you want to put out to your community or prospects.
This means that your first order of business is to get yourself aligned. I have other blog posts about how to do this if you are interested. When you achieve this alignment, then you can come from a plus of confidence, win-win, and collaboration.
Now, a quick note about relationships to ensure your next event or endeavor prospers. Here is the big secret: It’s all about relationships. It doesn’t matter what you are doing or what you are selling – it is the relationship that matters. Authentically investing in the relationship by genuinely caring about the people you interact with (yes, every single contact) will allow your business or organization to flourish. In addition to caring for your contacts, the second part of a relationship is sharing yourself, being vulnerable, open, and honest. Even in the professional world, I suggest revising your emails, letters and phone scripts to include space for you to share about yourself and learn more about your prospects.
Okay, and now down to the actual ‘to do’ list for enrolling volunteers:
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions, suggestions, or to just to share a story.
Mindy Amita Aisling
ICF Life Coach,
NFPT Fitness Trainer,
OMA Certified Mediator
Mindy Aisling is a certified life and business coach in Bend, OR, exceeding all of the educational requirements & training set forth by the ICF.
She has worked with such organizations as St. Charles Hospital, Soroptimists, The Dispute Resolution Center, Olympic Medical Center, Americorps, and Juvenile and Family Services.
Mindy has been featured in the New York Times, The Seattle Times, The Bend Bulletin, The Peninsula Daily News, KOMO 4 TV, The Oregonian and many more. You can learn more about Mindy here.
Mindy offers professional, affordable online coaching to clients around the world, and local coaching to clients in Bend, Oregon.
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