Another Day, Another Training

by | Nov 1, 2022 | General, Learning and Development | 0 comments

One hard thing about being a leader in any volunteer organization is volunteers constantly share their ideas with you. They constantly tell you what you should be doing or what the organization should be focusing on. Usually the ideas are great, but the process to getting them done takes awhile. You can’t act on an idea without telling anyone because the idea will fall flat. If you’re the only one with buy-in to the idea, you get no support and all that work you put into the design or website or manual…is wasted.

That’s what I’m worried about with a new training I’ve been asked to create. Volunteers need to know the committee chairs and what the committees do so they can sign up. However, I tried doing this at the Aug PCP Mixer and it fell flat. Only 3-4 PCPs signed up for a committee and most of the committee chairs don’t have a plan in place for when they get volunteers. I’m worried I’m going to put all this time into making a presentation training and committees will still consist of one person.

I’m working with a PCP now on the presentation and she’s energized and wants it to happen. She thinks it’ll work. It may. I have doubts though because the committee chairs are disorganized. That’s what’s making me hesitant. How do we get the committee chairs organized? Isn’t that the Chair’s job? Or is it anyone’s job? How do you tell if a committee is organized? By the habits of its chair. Are the committee chairs doing things within the organization already?

Training doesn’t always solve performance problems and it doesn’t change behavior. Well, if it changes performance isn’t that changing behavior though? So it does change behavior/action toward a specific task. If we have this training in January or February, I don’t think it’ll result in anything because the committee chairs don’t know what to do with volunteers. That’s the issue I’m having. Training won’t solve the problem until the leaders start leading.

About the Author
<h5>Lauren Kristensen</h5>
Lauren Kristensen

Lauren Kristensen is the owner of Kristensen Designs Inc. She started out as a news producer in 2018. She quickly learned it didn't matter how important the news was, all that mattered was how entertaining it was. For example, high speed car chases, car wrecks, building fires, etc. deserved more attention than state legislative bills or local special elections. Lauren decided she didn't agree with this hierarchy and wanted to focus more on education. She believes helping the individual reach his/her full potential through learning and development is the way to go.


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