Giving PNMs The Tools They REALLY Need During Panhellenic Recruitment

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The formal recruitment experience for Panhellenic Sororities can be startling, stressful, and overwhelming for PNMs. At …

The formal recruitment experience for Panhellenic Sororities can be startling, stressful, and overwhelming for PNMs. At
best we have campuses where the least satisfied PNMs are underwhelmed by the sorority members they meet and opt
out of sorority life before final bid matching. At worst, we have women who are devastated by their recruitment results.
Do PNMs really need to feel this way? How can we reduce these negative reactions?

On every campus, we lack the
opportunity for PNMs to receive training on developing relationships during sorority recruitment. On every campus,
sorority members go through hours of advanced conversation and etiquette training before meeting those PNMs.

This imbalance of preparation is part of the problem.

Find out how you and your campus can implement various types of training options for your PNMs. This session is
perfect for those who are strong advocates for PNMs.

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  • 1. AFLV Leadership Conference HOT TOPIC SESSION Help us usher in a new era of compassion For our future sorority members Giving PNMs the Tools They REALLY Need During Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment Facilitator: Sunday Tollefson, SureSister.com The formal recruitment experience for Panhellenic Sororities can be startling, stressful, and overwhelming for PNMs. At best we have campuses where the least satisfied PNMs are underwhelmed by the sorority members they meet and opt out of sorority life before final bid matching. At worst, we have women who are devastated by their recruitment results. Do PNMs really need to feel this way? How can we reduce these negative reactions? On every campus, we lack the opportunity for PNMs to receive training on developing relationships during sorority recruitment. On every campus, sorority members go through hours of advanced conversation and etiquette training before meeting those PNMs. This imbalance of preparation is part of the problem. Find out how you and your campus can implement various types of training options for your PNMs. This session is perfect for those who are strong advocates for PNMs.
  • 2. Giving PNMs the Tools They REALLY Need During Sorority Recruitment Hosted by Sunday Tollefson 1. Do you need to be concerned? a. # of formal recruitment registrants ______________ b. # of withdrawals - ______________ c. # who don’t bid match - ______________ d. # of women accepting bids who choose not to initiate - ______________ e. # of women who accept bids, initiate, and are unhappy - ______________ f. Total room for improvement: ______________ 2. Not convinced? Ask your former PNMs. a. How ready were you for sorority recruitment?  I was 100% ready.  I was ready; a few tips and ideas would have helped. 90% ready.  I thought I was ready until I was in the middle of recruitment. Only then did I realize I was not ready. 50% ready.  I was worried about a few things; it’s possible I didn’t make the best impression because of my concerns. 30% ready.  I was terrified. 10% ready. b. Compare your results to the rest of the country. Go to http://twtpoll.com/86adkq. 3. How can you help them? Educate. Here are some ideas: a. __________________________ g. __________________________ b. __________________________ h. __________________________ c. __________________________ i. __________________________ d. __________________________ j. __________________________ e. __________________________ k. __________________________ f. __________________________ l. __________________________ 4. Channels you can use to deliver this new knowledge: a. __________________________ b. __________________________ c. __________________________ d. __________________________ A small group of thoughtful people could e. __________________________ change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing f. __________________________ that ever has. 5. Next group of PNMs to benefit from this will be: _____________________________________ ~ Margaret Mead
  • 3. Are you giving your PNMs the tools they really need? Step #1: Survey recent PNMs: How ready were you for sorority recruitment?  I was 100% ready.  I was ready; a few tips and ideas would have helped. 90% ready.  I thought I was ready until I was in the middle of recruitment. Only then did I realize I was not ready. 50% ready.  I was worried about a few things; it’s possible I didn’t make the best impression because of my concerns. 30% ready.  I was terrified. 10% ready. Step #2: Compare the results on your campus to the nationwide results. Go to http://twtpoll.com/86adkq and select “or see results” next to “Vote.” Step #3: Make a plan to help the PNMs on your campus who might be less than 90% ready. ☑ LET US HELP YOU! SureSister.com can help you make your next recruitment week PNM-friendly. You’ll find FREE RESOURCES at SureSister.com/products as well as a practical Sorority Recruitment Blog just for PNMs– and more! Could you use the 7 Sins of Sorority Candidates brochure, Congratulations! Your student has decided she wants to join a sorority. Now what? brochure for parents, or RUSH RIGHT: Reveal Your Best You During Sorority Recruitment book for PNMs? Need something specific? Ask us, we’ll create it for you!
  • 4. THIS FLYER IS AVAILABLE AS A FREE DOWNLOAD AT SURESISTER.COM/PRODUCTS 7 Sins of Sorority Candidates 1. Going into recruitment without knowing what 5. Demonstrating poor listening skills. makes you a valuable potential member.  Avoid interrupting the sorority member while  Be sure that you understand your main she is talking, or talking too much about strengths and include them in your personal yourself. Convey your message about “brand.” yourself in a few sentences, then ask a  Be sure you know the personal hurdles or question about her so you can listen. concerns that might become apparent  Demonstrate a genuine interest in the during sorority recruitment. woman in front of you. Care about her  Adjust your online presence to support your hopes and dreams. Empathize with her positions of strength, and nothing less. struggles and heartaches. 2. Not clearly having several examples ready to 6. Ignoring the principle of first impressions: provide evidence of your main strengths. appearance matters when snap judgments  Be ready to humbly tell stories featuring you; must be made. in these stories, mention skills or  Wear these: clothes that are not too casual, experiences that will be valued in a sorority racy, or odd; makeup that makes you look environment. alert and healthy; stylish, comfortable shoes.  Be ready to drop some of your example  Know the nonverbal signals that you should accomplishments into the course of regular and should not display, like making eye recruitment conversation. contact (yes) or crossing arms (no). 3. Not taking advantage of the boost that your 7. Allowing your conversations to blur together resume and recommendations can give you. and being unable to make clear selections at (On some campuses. Find out about yours.) the end of the day.  Get recommendations supporting your  Keep track of your conversations and strengths that are valuable in a sorority impressions of each woman and her sisters environment. after visiting each sorority.  Provide a polished, concise resume that will  Use a number help recommenders or sorority members system to rate each understand your strengths. conversation so you can see how the 4. Demonstrating a lack of tact and maturity by sororities stack up talking about taboo topics. at the end of each  Keep your conversations away from race, day. religion, politics, alcohol, drugs, sex, money, Based on the book RUSH health, other sororities and fraternities. RIGHT: Reveal Your Best  Know how to quickly and diplomatically YOU During Sorority recover if you find yourself – or the sorority Recruitment by Sunday member – going down a taboo conversation Tollefson. For more path. information, visit www.SureSister.com. Copyright © 2008-2010 Sunday Tollefson, SureSister.com. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction, distribution, or exhibition of this copyrighted material is strictly prohibited.