YUGA members work together during a workshop at the 2014 YUGA Summit.
With the school year approaching, you must be thinking of ways to recruit members for your YUGA chapter and, most important, ways to keep them engaged throughout the year.
Remember our workshop on leadership and team-building? Here’s the handout that Jeremy provided: “Tips for Building a Motivated YUGA Team.” Click to download it and keep it with you. It’s a great resource for any team–whether a YUGA chapter or not!
During the workshop with Jeremy, everyone came up with their own tips for recruiting others and motivating them. These are the Top 5 Tips created by participants at this year’s YUGA Summit–the best of the best. We hope you agree!
1. Establish a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere by listening to others. We mean really listen, even if it might be something that you don’t want to hear. And don’t interrupt!
2. Use “We” statements and not “I” to communicate with your team. That way, they can better understand that they are part of the larger YUGA network, and that their chapter has goals you will achieve together.
3. Don’t dwell on the negative – accentuate the positive. Did you lead a fundraiser that didn’t go so well? Are you having trouble getting an event approved by your school? Don’t dwell on the problems; focus on solutions!
4. Be fair, honest and consistent – show no favoritism. This can be hard to do, but remember, your YUGA chapter will only succeed if everyone feels that they are a strong, contributing member of the team.
5. Expect only the best and be proud when members achieve it! Give recognition to people who have gone above and beyond for you, both in your YUGA chapter and outside of it.
Bonus: Come up with fun and interesting projects related to a cause your team is passionate about! In order to do that, though, you have to follow the first five tips.
What do you think? Did we get them all? What tips would YOU add?