Monthly Archives: July 2017

1407, 2017

July Greetings

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Hello! I hope this newsletter finds you well and achieving your personal and professional goals.

If we are to be an effective and valued partner to you, we first need a powerful answer to the question, “What makes an effective solution provider (partner)?” I reason, if we have an answer to that question, the likelihood that […]

1307, 2017

Volunteer Appreciation: Show Them You Care!

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Many InReach clients are professional organizations that rely heavily on volunteers to develop and deliver professional continuing education. Volunteer planners and presenters are critical to the success of continuing education offered by associations, law schools, medical associations, and other organizations. While CE professionals recognize this symbiotic relationship and the importance of it, few have implemented measures to nurture, measure or improve relationships with volunteers. Most CE organizations limit volunteer recognition to a speaking gift, but there is so much more that can be done!

Generally, volunteer initiatives can fall into three buckets: training them, working with them, and showing appreciation for them. Here are a few ideas:

Training

Welcome and provide orientation
Confirm expectations as a volunteer
Provide speaker training

Online and live
Address best practices in presentations, slides, and materials
Give out a certificate!

Create speaker mentoring program

Makes it easier to retire speakers
Creates a better prepared new volunteer

Working

Start out working with new volunteers on limited tasks
Provide a manageable workload with clear deadlines
Don’t waste your volunteers time

Be prepared
Provide support

Check in with volunteers during the timeline where deliverables are being worked on
Answer emails and return calls as soon as practically possible
Communicate with appreciation in all emails and calls throughout the period

Showing

Acknowledge success

Thank you notes
Thank you on social media
Thank your volunteer’s boss or superior

Provide evaluation summaries
Provide your volunteer with an evaluation of your staff: how was it working with us, and how can we improve? Implement appropriate changes
Celebrate National Volunteer Week!

Provide a pizza lunch
Post to social media
Solicit new volunteers

Provide and publish on volunteer contributions; data for leadership and organization’s members
Publish a thank you to your volunteers in a published ad or article in your organization’s professional publications
Create an annual award spotlighting one volunteer

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1307, 2017

Get to Know the InReach Staff

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What do you do at InReach? I am the VP of Engineering and responsible for the teams tasked with the development and support of the InReach platform. These teams, both onsite and remote, consist of developers, product managers and product support professionals.

How long have you worked at InReach? I joined InReach December of 2010 as […]