Teach Chapters How to Find Event Speakers
Before staff and volunteer leaders started working or volunteering for their chapter, how many of them had experience finding speakers for educational events? I think it’s safe to say we’re talking single digits here. Peggy said. “Rather than giving them fish to eat, let’s teach these folks how to fish. Instead of giving them speakers, show them how to find speakers.”
That’s exactly what the Association for Talent Development (ATD) did.
ATD hosted a webinar for chapter leaders on how to find speakers. They took them on a live web tour of sites where they might find speakers from outside the profession, for example, local chambers of commerce and through the Society for Human Resource Management chapters.
They also encouraged volunteers to think about programming from a different perspective. For example, consider teaching an in-demand soft skill that isn’t necessarily part of their licensing or certification requirements.