Q: How have other groups engaged new team members? We have a great core group of committed team members, but we can see that having more team members would help us expand our reach into the community and be even more successful in our implementation of the Benevon Model.
Joshua in Pennsylvania
A: It's great that you are thinking that way! It takes time to get someone cultivated enough that they will become a team member, so it's always good to have your eye on a few people and to be working to engage them over time.
Before someone officially joins your team, the best thing for them to do is to serve as an Ambassador by having at least ten people attend Points of Entry over the next few months. Once they have attended a Point of Entry Event themselves, ask if they'd be willing to host a future event or bring others. Ask if they see that they can generate ten guests who come to a Point of Entry Event.
As you follow up and get to know this person better, you will naturally find out which aspects of your work most interest them. Then perhaps you ask them to volunteer and take on tasks and projects related to that "bucket" area of interest. For example, perhaps they could help with some of the set-up and logistics at your Ask Event or arrange a speaker on a particular topic of interest to your staff.
Once you get to know them better and they have gotten a little more involved, it would be a natural next step to ask them to be a part of your team.