Posted by Caroline Cobb on August 2nd, 2011 | 2 Comments »
Posted by Caroline Cobb on July 20th, 2011 | 1 Comment »
“I can teach you skills, but I can’t teach you desire.” It’s the tried and true call to action, which every coach pulls out of their bag of tricks. It’s often a last attempt to inspire their team, to show them that hustle and inspiration make a victory.
Motivation is a tricky animal to conquer; it can be spawned internally or externally, but the best type of motivation springs from a combination of the two. So how do we combine a competitive internal drive with the external desire to achieve a common goal? How do we get every member of our team to be personally invested in the success of the whole organization? This is most relevant to the challenges of recruiting volunteers.
Posted by Matt Harrell on April 28th, 2011 | 1 Comment »
You need your members, volunteers and constituents to serve, right? The easier you make it for them to find information about an event and signup the more likely it will be to get them engaged and giving back. It might be a large event where you need several volunteers or it may just be a snack party where you need parents to signup to bring something. People want to serve…but many times, they just don’t know how to signup. So make it simple! Read more…
Posted by Matt Harrell on February 3rd, 2011 | 10 Comments »
To check-in or not to check-in that is the question. What am I talking about? Well, location-based mobile social networking applications of course! You know those occasionally informative status updates you see in your Facebook and Twitter feeds that tell exactly where Charles is eating lunch right now. I don’t know about you but my initial reaction is usually to think about that location and what it’s all about. Are the taco’s really all that at Gerald Dean’s Taco’s? Hmm, Sally keeps checking-in to the local Y…I really need to get back into an exercise routine. See where I’m going with this? Check in’s to your organization’s establishment can help with members engagement!
Posted by Matt Harrell on January 28th, 2011 | 3 Comments »
In the past 5 years the ability to share pictures and photos online has become second nature. It has been suggested that over 2.5 billion photos are uploaded to Facebook every month. That’s ridiculous. Back in September the popular photo sharing site Flickr announced that its 5 billionth photo had been uploaded. We all love to share photos and we have lots of them. Speaking as a father with young kids, I may have just taken the 5 billionth photo of my children the other day! Well, one really fun way to get the people in your organization engaged is run an online photo contest. Read more…
Posted by Matt Harrell on January 23rd, 2011 | 2 Comments »
No one would likely doubt the importance that text messages play in our culture’s communication practices these days. From teens to grandparents, an increasing number of individuals are relying on text messaging to communicate with and avoid phone calls :). Even things like text message marketing are starting to become a reality. Potentially, text messages will start to be as interuptive as email is these days (um, which is not a lot, right), but until then, text messaging is a fabulous protocol to send a quick small message to your members, volunteers and constituents. And why not make them ENCOURAGING messages. Read more…
Posted by Matt Harrell on January 11th, 2011 | 6 Comments »