Look and Act the Part Commanders’ Responsibilities 202 Do the Job!
Dress for Success <ul><li>Just as in the business world, appearance is seen as a reflection of attitude. </li></ul><ul><li...
You’re the Commander… COMMAND! <ul><li>Democracy is a wonderful thing…it can also bog down business with endless debate. K...
Set-up Your Meeting Room for Success <ul><li>Use a head table so members know who their leaders are. </li></ul><ul><li>Set...
Personally Welcome EVERY Person that Walks Through the Door <ul><li>Nothing strengthens the bonds of friendship and a spir...
Conduct Meetings in a  Businesslike Manner <ul><li>This is not all fun and games…  </li></ul><ul><li>C onfederate  H erita...
<ul><li>As the Commander, you set the tone of your meetings.  </li></ul><ul><li>Be friendly but firm and decisive. </li></...
Stick to the Agenda <ul><li>Don’t take every trail down the path or when you get to the end you’ll be all alone. </li></ul...
ALWAYS have a program <ul><li>Give ‘em something to look forward to and they’ll come back. </li></ul><ul><li>NEVER  announ...
Find a Camp Project <ul><li>NOTHING exists without a purpose – your Camp needs one too! </li></ul>
Civic Projects <ul><li>Historic Markers – state or local, camp markers, “Civil War Trails” </li></ul><ul><li>Cemetery Clea...
Confederate/ SCV Projects <ul><li>Tombstone installation/ Iron Crosses </li></ul><ul><li>Confederate Graves Registration –...
Delegate!  Micromanaging does NOT lead to efficiency.   <ul><li>Assigning jobs to others will make them feel needed and fr...
<ul><li>Often the most difficult job. </li></ul><ul><li>Survey the talent and delegate accordingly. </li></ul><ul><li>Beco...
Find a Camp Newsletter Editor…and use him !   <ul><li>Nothing has a more direct influence on attendance at meetings and ev...
<ul><li>Unfortunately most of our members never attend a meeting…they might if they are reminded when, where and what the ...
Facilitate Friendships Good times result in retention!   <ul><li>Assign a member to welcome EVERYONE at the door. </li></u...
If you don’t know what to do…ASK !  There is no such thing as a dumb question…as long as it’s from a sincere person.   <ul...
If you can’t do it…resign.   <ul><li>Nothing causes more resentment than an officer that accepts the trust of the Camp and...
<ul><li>Part of being a responsible leader is knowing when to step aside. </li></ul><ul><li>If your circumstances change a...
Question and Answers You will now be taken to the quiz section of this training session.
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  1. 1. Look and Act the Part Commanders’ Responsibilities 202 Do the Job!
  2. 2. Dress for Success <ul><li>Just as in the business world, appearance is seen as a reflection of attitude. </li></ul><ul><li>If you look serious about our business your members will take it seriously also. </li></ul><ul><li>Your appearance also makes a statement to visitors, guests, outside speakers and the guy you passed in the hall . </li></ul>
  3. 3. You’re the Commander… COMMAND! <ul><li>Democracy is a wonderful thing…it can also bog down business with endless debate. Know when to vote and when it’s time to Command. Consult your constitution! </li></ul><ul><li>Make it your goal to silently convey a sense of confidence and authority. Your success will be determined by how silently you can do it. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a vision for your Camp and pursue it. </li></ul><ul><li>Be gracious and praise others…even when it was your idea. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Set-up Your Meeting Room for Success <ul><li>Use a head table so members know who their leaders are. </li></ul><ul><li>Set up flags, lectern and other essentials at the front of the room. </li></ul><ul><li>Arrange tables so members can look forward without discomfort. </li></ul><ul><li>Access door should be at the back of the room so traffic does not distract attention during the meeting. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Personally Welcome EVERY Person that Walks Through the Door <ul><li>Nothing strengthens the bonds of friendship and a spirit of cooperation like a smile and a firm handshake. </li></ul><ul><li>Nothing makes a member feel more important to the Camp than a personal welcome from the Commander. </li></ul><ul><li>Nothing makes a new member feel more welcome than for the Commander to make a trip from the front of the room to shake his hand. Lean his first name and use it! </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage all of your officers to do the same thing. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Conduct Meetings in a Businesslike Manner <ul><li>This is not all fun and games… </li></ul><ul><li>C onfederate H eritage A lways R equires G reat E ffort! </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>As the Commander, you set the tone of your meetings. </li></ul><ul><li>Be friendly but firm and decisive. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a working knowledge of Parliamentary Procedure and at least appear confident. </li></ul><ul><li>During the meetings address members as “Compatriots” and officers using their respective titles. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Stick to the Agenda <ul><li>Don’t take every trail down the path or when you get to the end you’ll be all alone. </li></ul><ul><li>Refer constantly to your agenda. </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid long journeys down dark roads. </li></ul><ul><li>Leave plenty of time for the program. </li></ul><ul><li>Watch the clock…others are also. </li></ul>
  9. 9. ALWAYS have a program <ul><li>Give ‘em something to look forward to and they’ll come back. </li></ul><ul><li>NEVER announce that you are only having a business meeting…unless you want to spend some time alone and leave early. </li></ul><ul><li>Always have some type of Confederate program – that’s why they come. </li></ul><ul><li>Discourage overly long programs – research says that you only retain 10% of what you hear after 30 minutes. </li></ul><ul><li>Try to end on schedule – too long and they’ll be disgusted and too early and they’ll feel cheated. </li></ul><ul><li>NOTHING has a bigger effect on member retention than programs. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Find a Camp Project <ul><li>NOTHING exists without a purpose – your Camp needs one too! </li></ul>
  11. 11. Civic Projects <ul><li>Historic Markers – state or local, camp markers, “Civil War Trails” </li></ul><ul><li>Cemetery Clean-ups – Confederate graves or otherwise </li></ul><ul><li>Charity Fundraisings – Christmas adoption, school events </li></ul>
  12. 12. Confederate/ SCV Projects <ul><li>Tombstone installation/ Iron Crosses </li></ul><ul><li>Confederate Graves Registration – National or Division </li></ul><ul><li>Editorial Watchdog – letter writing network </li></ul>
  13. 13. Delegate! Micromanaging does NOT lead to efficiency. <ul><li>Assigning jobs to others will make them feel needed and frees your time to deal with the bigger picture and the unforeseen. </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Often the most difficult job. </li></ul><ul><li>Survey the talent and delegate accordingly. </li></ul><ul><li>Become a supervisor rather than a workhorse. </li></ul><ul><li>You can’t do it all…at least not with efficiency. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Find a Camp Newsletter Editor…and use him ! <ul><li>Nothing has a more direct influence on attendance at meetings and events than a timely and informative newsletter. </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>Unfortunately most of our members never attend a meeting…they might if they are reminded when, where and what the program is. </li></ul><ul><li>If notified they “might” attend a special event. </li></ul><ul><li>If they have at least this contact they are more likely to renew their memberships. </li></ul><ul><li>Members are likely to look at the pictures in the magazine…but they “might,” read the newsletter. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Facilitate Friendships Good times result in retention! <ul><li>Assign a member to welcome EVERYONE at the door. </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure EVERYONE has a clearly legible nametag. </li></ul><ul><li>Following introductions around the room, point out each new member or first time attendee with a welcome and a round of applause. </li></ul><ul><li>Quietly assign a mentor to each new member until they are family with protocol and other members. </li></ul>
  18. 18. If you don’t know what to do…ASK ! There is no such thing as a dumb question…as long as it’s from a sincere person. <ul><li>There are no “professional” Commanders. We’re all just doing our best! </li></ul><ul><li>Our National website has every document. </li></ul><ul><li>Our National leaders will be glad you ask. </li></ul><ul><li>Our Headquarters Staff is efficient and friendly. </li></ul>
  19. 19. If you can’t do it…resign. <ul><li>Nothing causes more resentment than an officer that accepts the trust of the Camp and then betrays it by not doing his job. </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>Part of being a responsible leader is knowing when to step aside. </li></ul><ul><li>If your circumstances change and you have no choice, coordinate with your Lieutenant Commander for a smooth transition of responsibilities. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t step down for selfish reasons or from laziness – your Compatriots will think less of you and your conscience will haunt you for it. </li></ul><ul><li>You’ll be respected for your honesty BUT if you merely retain the title (and the “Gee-Gaw) and don’t do the job…you won’t be respected by anyone…most importantly yourself! </li></ul>
  21. 21. Question and Answers You will now be taken to the quiz section of this training session.

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