Guest blog from Carol Ritter of CarolTalks.com
Did you ever meet someone who raised their hand the minute something needed to be done? On the contrary, did you ever meet someone who put their head down, doesn’t make eye contact and starts to cringe at the thought of helping out? It’s called volunteerism. Progressive companies and non-profits use them to assist in the enhancement of something; sometimes going to the extent of raising funds and building a presence in the community. All sounds noble -- but -- there can be problems.
My experience tells me that it isn’t always as it looks. I recall working with volunteers who were willing to do anything and everything as long as they could do it themselves. I recall one particular incident where a an entire board in Lancaster was ready to leave because the “I’ll Do It” volunteer did it all and the rest of the team didn’t feel wanted or valued. I recall volunteers telling me that no one else can do it right or as good as they could. This is a recipe for disaster and it never works. Sometimes these volunteers are also seeking all the glory because it’s the only way they know to feel good about themselves.
Here are some reasons why people volunteer. They are connected to the cause, someone asked them, they have a family history, they want to be involved outside the home, it’s the only place they can be “in charge”, to socialize, to belong, they enjoy working on projects, they see a need, they want to make r society better, to develop skills, it’s fun to feel good and sometimes to run from problems.
When working with volunteers:
treat them like they are the most important person in the world
thank them for their service,
always provide opportunities to socialize
appreciate their talents and use them
and contribute to build the relationship
So, if you volunteer somewhere and you see the “I’ll Do It” personality that makes everyone else miserable, the volunteer that insists on doing everything themselves or the volunteer who is running from personal problems... identify them, give them a chance to work cooperatively, and then, if that’s not possible, do it yourself!
Carol serves as a featured writer for the Home News and the Lehigh Valley Chamber Blog.Carol is an accomplished professional speaker, coach and educational consultant specializing in innovative leadership, outrageous fundraising, million dollar marketing, and building organizational alliances throughout the country. Carol’s creative leadership with bullet proof ideas for recruiting MORE MEMBERS, MORE MONEY AND BETTER LEADERS. www.caroltalks.com 610-442-4545 firstname.lastname@example.org Like Carol on Facebook at Caroltalks and CarolCoaches! Carol S. Ritter, Immediate Past President, National Speakers Association Philadelphia
Carol S. Ritter, Motivational Speaker