8 Ways To Get Volunteers Going In The Same Direction

1. Lead the charge.

Make a decision that you will lead by example. Not only does this inspire those around you but it shows the direction in which we’re all headed. Remember, you can't lead people where you've never been yourself.

2. Keep it simple.

Understand that not everyone will see what you see and understand what you’re trying to say. Think it through and keep it so simple that a child can understand the vision and mission. You don't win any prizes for making simple things complex but you will win lots of friends when you make the complex simple.

3. Repeat, repeat, repeat.

After you've delivered the instructions, know that you will need to say it again. And again. And again. Keep it in front of everyone as often as possible.

4. Think 'field' not 'tightrope'.

Some people think it’s possible to get volunteers so in sync that they could get them to walk a tightrope. Not true. Give them a field to run through, not a tightrope to tip toe along. Make the vision clear but make it accessible to all.

5. Make sure your team get it first.

If your team leaders don’t get where you’re headed and what you are trying to accomplish your volunteers won’t either. Spend some quality time making sure your team leaders are going in the right direction and happy about it.

6. Celebrate together.

Don’t underestimate the power of celebrating together. There is nothing more bonding than celebrating together and building community. It's through the community spirit of your volunteer team that you'll find receptive ears and you'll get your message across clearer.

7. Be a team.

Often volunteers don't mix easily and see themselves on the outside of the team. Make team spirit a priority and encourage an all-in culture.

8. Encourage ownership.

When you own something you take more interest, more care and add more passion. Allow every volunteer to feel a sense of ownership and see what a difference it makes.