I like to sit in my backyard, light a fire in the fire pit, and relax. It is great sitting around fire just talking with friends, no agenda, just enjoying the fire and each one’s company.
Lately, I have been posting an “open invitation” for people to join me around the fire pit to relax and enjoy the evening chatting and relaxing. The results of those “open invitation” has shown me a direct correlation to how many people go about recruiting. Let’s look at the comparison I see.
I can visualize my “open Invitation” like an announcement during a church service, or a note in the church bulletin. It is sent out to a broad base of people making the assumption that everyone will see it, or hear it, which simply is not the case. Of all of the “open invitations” that I have given, I have had no one show up and respond to the invitation (see the empty bench?). People have responded and said that if they lived closer they would join me, but no one in the area with the ability to be a part of the evening.
The people that have joined me around the fire pit have been those who I have personally asked to join me. Much like people who volunteer, they are often the ones who have received a personal invitation.
So why don’t people respond to an “open invitation”? Could it be that responding to an “open invitation” is like inviting yourself to the party? We want to feel like we belong, like we are personally wanted at the event, not just part of the crowd.
Do you use an “open invitation”? How does it work for you?
What are effective ways you recruit volunteers?