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Robert GrabelNonprofit Leadership Coach and Consultant
A client recently shared that they had been trying to connect with a volunteer that had approached them. She had enthusiastically contacted the organization and there was a quick discussion. After that first meeting the dialogue - or should I say "almost dialogue" evolved into a game of cat and mouse. Despite the volunteer director's phone calls and emails and the prospective volunteer's few attempted returns (reportedly, a 3/1 ratio), they had to accept that it was not to be. Something was out of sync and and they couldn't figure out what.
While in romance and perhaps a few other things in life, the chase is as exciting as the catch, not so when it comes to volunteer engagement. Perhaps it's a stretch, but maybe there are a few parallels here:
What are the best questions to ask a potential volunteer on an initial meeting?
In other words, what are some things you (as the organization) should ask on that all-important first date to ensure a second? Here are my suggestions:
I'd love to hear what works for you. Please share....
Robert Grabel is the President of Nonprofit Now! You can find his posts here and at www.robertgrabel.com
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