A good team of volunteers working on your
project is essential for its success. In
poorer areas especially, motivating
volunteers to participate in projects
can be a problem. Many are not
inclined, or simply cannot afford to
give their time for free.
Therefore, whilst you are unlikely
to be able to pay, try to make sure
you offer something in return for
people’s services: think food, travel,
board, or simply a fun environment
in which to make friends. Also, offering certificates to volunteers
complete the project, costs you little
and is a valuable, career-boosting
incentive to young people.
Distribution: Now you have recruited a team of volunteers, you
need to make sure they are utilised
well! Write down all the tasks and
discuss with your group who is best
suited to each. In most cases, you
will find that the variety of talents in
your group means tasks will naturally
fall to the appropriate member. This
is great because if your team volunteers for roles, rather than having them assigned, they will feel more
attached and this will help keep
Only if you feel seriously doubtful
about someone taking on a task,
should you step in and assert your
authority. Not only
would it be bad news for your project, but learning through the disillusion of
failure is not very motivating
to your team and should be avoided at all costs.
Public speaking: Often you will be required to
speak about your project in public. Here are
some tips to help you deliver those inspiring speeches!
Be prepared. Obvious but essential!
Know the main ideas and practice. Get
somebody to listen to your speech, so
you get used to delivering to a crowd.
This also gives you the chance to
troubleshoot for any words that may
cause you to stumble.
Use any nerves to your
advantage! Nerves create adrenaline which
makes your heart beat
quicker and your brain
think faster, turning you
into an immediate genius!
Don’t be afraid to
improvise. Speaking naturally is far more engaging than
a scripted speech and, if it means
you occasionally need to improvise,
then go for it. As long as you are prepared, words should flow.
Remember YOU are the expert.
So speak like one! Don’t deliver your
words unsurely or apologetically. You
know you are right, and if others see
that, you will convince them.
Leading your team: Good leadership
is essential to the success of your
team. Everyone develops their own
style: from the quiet and methodical
to the flamboyant and magisterial!
All leaders, however, need a certain
fire to be able to say “Follow me!” and know
your team will do so happily and gladly. You also need to be
sensitive to people’s needs and motivations. An authoritarian,
style of leadership will make you lose
sight of that. So look for a horizontal
style that invites everyone to give
their opinion and lends ownership of
the project to all.
Leadership skills - there is no one way to manage a team well, but
here are a few tips to help you
along the right way!
Give lots of praise. Celebrate
achievements big and small. Words are
free and offer great motivation.
Learn to compromise. Stand up for
what you feel strongly about but be
prepared to let go of less important issues. People will be a lot
more accepting of your view if you are not always
dogmatic about it.
Communication is at the heart of every good team! Hold regular meetings
and ensure that everyone, no matter
how small their role, is informed and
valued as a key team member.
Create a comfortable work setting. Aim for an atmosphere in which
feelings and ideas can be openly
expressed and disagreements worked
Remember that you want your
volunteers to come back! So have
fun together and organise outings or
socials outside of your project.
Don’t get possessive. This may well
be you brainchild, but you need others
to make it work. If you get too precious
or controlling you will not find a willing
team to make your dream a reality. Back