As I work with non-profits and businesses across Butler County and the State, I hear the difficulty in finding qualified, engaged people to fill key roles on boards and committees, whether it is serving on a non-profit board or engaging people to help with events within their corporation or communities. I also hear how these organizations are working to try to come up with reasons for people to become engaged, such as determining what a person can gain from being a part of these groups.
When asked to serve, do you look for what you can gain by giving your time? Will my service build my resume? Will I increase my resource pool? Because we are all so busy with our lives, we have to be intentional and deliberate in whom we serve, why we serve and with that, we want to know “what’s in it for me”. For some organizations, it is not all cut and dried. The results are ambiguous and one doesn’t always fit all. How does an organization or company come up with an “elevator” speech that will bring more people on board with their “cause”? My take on what I can gain from an organization is most likely different than yours. How does an organization or company come up with something that fits the majority?
Is it wrong to look at what you can gain, personally from the group or company you are involved with? No. Look at what you can gain but go deeper to grasp what gaining means to you. Does it mean building your resume or does it mean that and gaining new relationships while helping the organization.
The personal “what’s in it for me” may not always be clear and sometimes we won’t know what we gain until we actually become involved. Take a minute to reflect on the volunteer, committee or departments you are involved with and make a list about what you are gaining from being involved. You may be surprised about what you come up with.
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