So, someone's shown interest in joining your group? That's amazing! πŸŽ‰ And getting to know them is a fantastic use of your time! ⏰


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πŸ€— Welcoming Someone Joining Your Chapter πŸ™‹

Guide for Chapter Leads

Expressions of Interest πŸ“

Every so often, a new face will want to join your chapter. This interest might show up as:

  • A direct sign-up through the ROCO website's form 🌐
  • An email or Facebook Messenger message πŸ“§
  • A chat during a casual conversation πŸ—£οΈ

What Should We Do With Them? πŸ€”

People who've registered to join us have already taken the first step, but they need to be invited, included, welcomed, and reassured they belong and have a role to play πŸ₯°. The best approach? Making time for a one-on-one chat with them! πŸ’­ This conversation brings several benefits, including:

  • We get to know them, their interests, and what they offer πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™€οΈ
  • They get to know us and ask questions about the chapter 🏒
  • We can figure out where they can best contribute πŸ’ͺ
  • We'll work better together if we know each other! 🀝

People really appreciate personal outreach πŸ‘₯

Relationships are the heart of social movements πŸ’–, and getting to know someone new increases the chance they'll feel welcome, appreciated, and remain involved longer. It's also energizing for us! 🌟

Tempting Shortcuts to Avoid ⛔️

We all love a shortcut, but here's why they may not work in this case:

  • Can't I just email them? πŸ“§ Sure, but one-on-one contact builds stronger relationships. πŸ’ͺ
  • Can't I invite them to our next meeting? 🀝 Yes, but the one-on-one conversation often works better. πŸ™‹β€β™‚οΈ
  • I don't have time! βŒ›οΈ If you’re swamped, it might be time to share the load among several members. πŸ§‘β€πŸ€β€πŸ§‘

Organizing a Conversation πŸ“…

When setting up a conversation, consider these:

  • Find a good time to talk, and if a face-to-face chat or a phone/video call works best β˜•οΈπŸ“ž
  • Allow 30-40 minutes for the chat ⏰
  • Figure out common ground and next steps πŸ‘₯

How to Follow Up πŸ”„

Once the conversation's done, don’t forget to:

  • Add them to our database πŸ—‚οΈ
  • Invite them to things! πŸ’Œ
  • Introduce them to relevant people πŸ‘‹
  • Share meeting minutes and other relevant information with them πŸ“„

Further Learning πŸŽ“

There are many resources available for learning more about relationship building and community organizing.

β€œSometimes the welcome chat we have with a new person is their first real opportunity to express, and be heard, about a part of them that’s passionate about life and the wellbeing of our community. They can feel really affirmed to get to voice that passion, and sometimes even their despair for what they want, and be heard. And then we are offering them a way to channel that passion into a plan to win real change together.”

Remember, the first chat with a new person may be their first real chance to express their passion for our community. Let's make them feel heard! πŸ’¬πŸ‘‚

This guide was inspired and adapted from resources shared by the Australian Conservation Foundation and Stop Adani - big thanks to them! πŸ™Œ

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