Top 15 Ways to Motivate Members
Dear sorority sugar, I have a chapter that is really small, but it seems like the same people are doing the majority of the work to keep the chapter going. My worries are that if we do not have more members promoting our organization we won’t be able to keep the chapter active. How do I get my chapter motivated to do work and promoting our organization?
sorority sugar: No matter what the size of your club, chapter, or group, about 10% do all the work! This will remain true the rest of your life. If you join a volunteer group after college, guess what? 10% do all the heavy lifting for everyone else. It's just the nature of organizations I guess.
I hope that helps you understand that your problems are not because your chapter is super small, or the girls are exceptionally lazy. In any “club” this formula holds true. So… that means you must encourage a core group who will work really hard and be extra enthusiastic. If you can motivate the top percent, they will carry the torch for the chapter and bring the “mid-range” members along. There will always be some low energy non-participants who won't respond to your efforts, but you can improve the attitudes the middle and the top members. Take these 15 actions to increase participation and attract more sisters to leadership......
• Motivate Your Sorority Sisters •
• “Public” praise within the chapter and the greek community.
• Appreciation expressed to the entire chapter.
• Camaraderie with pledge class sisters. A closely bonded class performs better within the larger house. Big/little bonding also results in more enthusiasm for the chapter as a whole.
• Self-satisfaction is important. Sisters must get something personally worthwhile out of their membership.
• Rewards and prizes may seem insignificant, but they’re not. Everyone loves to win something, no matter how small. Winning is a real motivator.
• Seeing visible results pushes the chapter on to greater heights. Focus on projects that show tangible improvement.
• Attainable goals are motivating. Impossible dreams are not. Make sure your sisterhood can accomplish what they set out to do.
• Charismatic leadership inspires the entire chapter. Who sits on the e-board is closely connected to the productivity of the entire sorority. Elect the right leaders.
• Promotion of an optimistic viewpoint can motivate sisters to go the extra mile when things get tough.
• Formal recognition for accomplishments in the form of annual awards luncheon, newsletter publications, national promotions and campus publicity.
• Friendship opportunities are extremely motivating to most members. Sisters may care more about being with their friends than the actual philanthropy work or chapter obligations. But that’s okay. Good times and good friends coming together are vital to a sorority's success.
• Fraternity socials are a big “draw” for sisters. It’s perfectly acceptable to keep members happy by planning fun mixers and exchanges with the best frat guys on campus.
• Totally FUN times shouldn’t be overlooked. Plan sisterhood socials that are nothing but relaxed fun. Let go of the chapter “requirement” once in awhile.
• Organization and structure may sound dull, but a highly organized chapter functions better and keeps membership satisfaction high. A chaotic mess depresses sister’s enthusiasm. Scattered, unreliable, unfocused activities turn sisters off and lead to non-involvement. Frustration can be a killer.
• Say “thank you” all the time. Even when the meeting is mandatory, thank sisters for coming. Even when recruitment is mandatory, say thank you every round to the sisters participating.
If sisters clearly understand the chapter's goals, activites are organized to maximize results and the sorority consistently praises and appreciates it’s members ~ you WILL get girls to step up! Make sure you have laid the proper foundation for this to happen. Be forever grateful for the percentage of sisters who do most of the work.