Who the heck do we think we are?Jason Homan• Co-Director of USG Interns• Former President of International Students Association• Student Organization SummitAlex Mezin• Former President of Morril Tower Activities Board• Student Organization Summit Disclaimer: We are not professionals
Question: why would people wantto stay involved with your org?
Answer: You must be able to offerthem something
5 Things to Offer• Active atmosphere• Utility for success• Social outlet• Personal growth• Leadership opportunities
Active Atmosphere• Meetings o Purpose o Organized o Rhythm o Informative o Engaging• Out-of-meetings o Socials o Mentoring o Communication o Events
Utility for Success• Provide opportunities for advancing academic, extra-curricular, and professional careers• Networking• Resume-building• Must be worthy of their time
Social Outlet• Interaction with other humans (students)• Development of relationships with those of similar interests• Escape from the stressors of life (school, work, etc.)• Socials
Personal Growth• Gain a better understanding of themselves o Values, beliefs, purpose, interests, abilities• Group experience o Team dynamic, meetings, politics• Better more cooperative citizens o Everyone wins
Leadership Opportunities• Make them a part of your exec team• Put them in charge of a project, task, or event• Dont micromanage! o If you dont know their past experience, test them• Find opportunities for them outside of the organization• Groom them for the future• All in all, challenge them
Know Your People• Who are these people? o What are their interests, goals at Ohio State, goals with the organization, goals after Ohio State, ect.?• What are their expectations? o Experience, opportunities, fun, relationships
Know Your Organization• What do we do?• Whats our purpose/mission?• Whats our current and long-term strategy?
Know Yourself• Who are you?• What are your interests?• Whats your personality like?• What are you good at?• What do you expect from your organzation?• What do you expect from the people in your organization?
Tie It All Together: You, Them, This• Once you figure out who you are, who they are, and what your organization is...you need to get them to buy into this• Apply the attributes recently discussed to make this successful o Active Atmosphere, Utility for Success, Social Outlet, Personal Growth, Leadership Opportunities• Seal the deal with quality communication and organizational practices
Engagement has occured if they... • Attend often • Actively participate • Bring their involvement to the next level
It’s Not Just Up to You• Involve your exec partners• Compromise with your members• Remember it’s not always your fault if complete engagement isn’t attained