How to retain members
Once your group is seen to be regularly doing things, you'll find recruitment gets much easier.
ute read24 Aug 2017 | 1 min
Here are some suggestions on how to keep people coming back for more.
- Do things. People don’t want to sit in endless meetings. They want to be productive and have an impact.
- Enjoy yourselves too. Make it as much about socialising as campaigning. Be friendly and positive. Celebrate your successes and don’t always feel like you have to be attending to business.
- Keep your meetings light. Don’t get bogged down in process and minutes. People don’t want to feel like they are at work.
- Listen to people. Don't always be the one dishing out instructions.
- Get the most out of the group's skills and interests. Find out who wants to do what. This is a key principle of organising.
- Some are happy to follow. Make sure these people have tasks to do and aren't left feeling redundant.
- Work together on coherent projects. Try to get a balance between people's self interests and collective causes.
- Don't take on too much. Be sensitive of what people can and can’t do. Watch out for burnout and encourage people to take time off if they need to.
Create a strong social bond.
Make time to grab a coffee with different members. Get to know them, share your personal stories and find out what makes them tick.