How to Combat Pre-Holiday Burnout at Your Chapter

Is member engagement a challenge for your chapter? Particularly at events, in-person or virtual, near the end of a semester? Engagement burnout is common this time of year since finals are around the corner, and being home for the holidays is top of mind. Motivating others can be a difficult task, but we’ve got you covered with some helpful tips for inspiring and energizing your members!



Give praise to those who DO participate.  A small thank you can go a long way in keeping your members feeling appreciated.  When they know they are making a difference they will feel empowered to continue investing in your organization.

Here’s three things you can do to go above and beyond for your members.

  1. Publicly thank them on social media.
  2. Send a handwritten thank you, or even just a quick text.
  3. Give them a taste of leadership by letting them champion the next project.


Strengthen a member’s sense of belonging by individually asking them to help with a task.  For some, personal responsibility can be the key to motivation and will drive their desire to help.  Plus, you might even inspire your chapter’s next leader!



Do your members understand why your chapter is holding yet another philanthropy event, in-person or virtual? When members understand the true why, and how an event will benefit them and the chapter, they’ll be less likely to skip out.

Learn how great leaders inspire action by explaining the “Why?” in Simon Sinek’s Ted Talk.

About the author

Katie Carson is the former Marketing Specialist for Billhighway and greekbill. She oversaw the marketing strategies for all things fraternal.