Get More Volunteers without begging: Lesson 1.1 - The right mindset for success

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Each lesson in the Get More Volunteers Without Begging training class is a short, animated video that explains steps in a clear, entertaining way. If you haven’t downloaded the class guide that goes with it, you can now.

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Lesson 1.1 video transcript

Welcome to Get More Volunteers Without Begging: the step-by-step volunteer recruiting blueprint for PTO leaders who are tired of getting stuck doing EVERYTHING.

Too many school parent groups struggle to get the volunteers they need, especially for leadership positions. The same small group of volunteers gets stuck doing everything.

That’s just not fair to volunteers like you, and it’s a poor foundation for any group that wants to achieve its goals.

Lessons 1 and 2 will show you the steps for replacing that poor foundation with a strong mindset of volunteering. Where there’s a feeling of shared responsibility for PTO goals and activities.

Having enough volunteers makes all your group’s goals, like community building and fundraising, much easier to achieve. Recruiting those volunteers, especially for leadership roles, is also one of the most stressful challenges that leaders face. The good news is that there are proven ways to have more success and less stress when recruiting volunteers.

It all starts with mindset. Your mindset makes a big difference.

As parents, we know this. That’s why we give our kids a steady stream of pep talks to help them walk into a new classroom, or get ready for a test or a game, or make a new friend. The list just goes on.

Here’s my pep talk to you as you get ready to recruit more volunteers.

  • You are awesome for all that you do for the kids, families, and the school.

    • Your caring, creativity, time, and effort help the kids be all that they can be. You deserve a ton of thanks. And a lot of help from other parents.

  • Your future volunteers are all around you.

    • Really! Some can help a little, some will help more, and some will help a lot. I’ll show you how to connect with more of them.

  • You’re inviting them to be part of something awesome.

    • Believing this is one of the biggest keys to getting more YESes when you ask. I’ll show you how to persuade others to see volunteering this way, too.

  • Doing great things for the kids, families, and the school must be a big group effort.

    • This is a big one, especially if you’re part of a small group doing everything right now. PTO activities benefit all families. And they take a lot of work. I’ll show you how to share the work widely and fairly.

This positive mindset will set you up for success as you recruit volunteers.

Already feeling optimistic? Great – keep feeding that.

Feeling a little anxious? That’s natural. Tap into your mindset of awesomeness and keep moving forward.

Feeling burned out? You are not alone! Each lesson in this class is designed to help.

I’ve created a mini poster so you can always get a pep talk when you need it. There’s a link to it, plus helpful lesson notes, in the Class Guide.

Do you have questions or comments about this class? I would love to hear from you -- and help! Please email me using the Contact link at the bottom of this page or in the Guide.

See you in the next lesson!

Lesson 1.1 - The right mindset for success  from  Get More Volunteers Without Begging.  Free video training for PTO leaders created by Jen B. Cosgrove,