by Josh Orendi
There’s a deep sense of altruism associated with giving blood, bone marrow, a kidney, and even putting that little red heart on our driver’s license. It makes many of us feel good. A friend of mine told me “I like knowing that my legacy can live on through the life of another.” Somehow we know we’re doing the right thing when we commit to give away something so special to save or enhance the life of another. And, we hope that others would do the same for us.
Reminder: They have!
YOU were already the recipient of an Org Donor. A man or woman that is the reason you became a member of your ORGANization. That person changed your life. They gave you an opportunity that resulted in an enhanced life full of new friendships that will last a lifetime. Part of their legacy lives on through the work that you do. What an amazing gift.
Thinking about the ORGANization that has changed your life, you have an opportunity to Give the Gift of membership. There are people in your community that NEED your organization (many don’t even know it yet). There are people in your community who would make your organization better if they were members (many you don’t even know yet). You have a chance to be an Org Donor.
That same friend was with me at a mobile blood center on a college campus. In full disclosure, I like the idea of donating blood but I HATE needles. He must have seen my discomfort and said, “come on, let’s go … sure it hurts a little, sure it’s a little inconvenient, but isn’t it worth it if a life we’re helping change might be a person that changes the world.” (You can tell he’s been to a Phired Up program or two!)
My mind always drifts to recruitment. Love your organization enough to give it away. Change the World! Be an Org Donor.
by Matt Mattson
Them: “So, what’s this organization you’re a part of all about?”
You: “When I was young, I always wanted to be a part of something important, didn’t you? I wanted to matter. I wanted to do something truly remarkable. You know what I mean? I found that in this organization. Let me give you an example. A group of us recently did this amazing project that took sweat, hard work, and long hours, and the whole time I was smiling for two reasons — the other members I was working with were amazing, driven, passionate people; and the work we were doing was changing lives — we were making a difference. I looked in the eyes of the people we were helping and the other members of my organization and I saw a reflection of the best of me. This group is helping me become a better person. We are working together to make a real change in the world, and along the way we’re becoming better versions of ourselves. You’re like me… you value the same things. You want to matter. Do you have something like this in your life? Would you like to join us next time we’re doing a project like that?”
When you have the rare opportunity to explain your organization to someone, do you know how to make the most of it?
Unfortunately many people waste those opportunities by talking about what their organization does.
Tell a story. Tell a personal, emotional, directional, and invitational story. Do not convey facts, figures, or data. Inspire. Connect on a Heart-to-Heart level.
Attempt to share a story that includes all four of these elements.
Personal: Your organization is an important part of your life. So tell a personal story. Dr. Brene Brown (who we’ve mentioned before) suggests that life is really all about interpersonal connection. People want to connect with people on a deep instinctual level. Get to the heart of what your listener really wants to hear — a personal story, a testimonial about how your organization has changed your life for the better. Make your story personal.
Emotional: Passion, excitment, sorrow, struggle, joy, fulfillment, rage, justice, fanaticism, pride… Whatever emotion your organization evokes in you, share that with your listener. When people are interested in associating with an organization, it is often for reasons rooted in the most primal parts of our brain — not logic, but emotion. Start with Why. Share an story filled with emotion.
Directional: Where is your organization going? What is it trying to accomplish? Your story must communicate direction. Not just what you have done. Not just what you’re doing. But where you’re going, what you’re going to do, and why you’re excited to be headed in that direction. Vision. Share a story that communicates direction.
Invitational: Your personal story should include some space for them to imagine themselves. Share a story that invites an opportunity to create their own personal story.