March 14, 2011
By Ashante Rone Associate, ImPRessions account
Trying to find a way to get new members or get the word out about your organization, but just don’t know how? Or simply need easy ways to communicate to members in your group? From my personal experience, it is about getting down to the basics. There are three easy ways to communicate with those inside and outside of your group.
The fastest growing and one of the more common technical communication resources is e-mailing. Sometimes posters and flyers aren’t enough to get the word out for your group. Obtaining list-servs from different organizations, professors, or from any other source helps to spread the message to a large audience faster. This gives possible members the opportunity to reply and have a way to keep in contact with you as well. It is also easier to contact more than one member at once.
2nd : Facebook
Facebook isn’t just for Farmville, or posting up a status. It can also be a reliable and valuable networking tool, if used correctly. That’s why Facebook gives you the option to create your own group. You have the freedom to decide what information goes on there and who to invite to join. You can easily keep in contact with members from your group. For people who might be interested in joining, it gives them a place to learn more about you and open up a communication gateway to potential members.
3rd: Fliers and physical contact
I think we sometimes get so wrapped up in technology that we forget what it was invented for; communication. Another option besides technology is fliers. Sometimes not everyone reads them or pays attention to them. In order to make them more effective, stand around somewhere, outside of Baker Center is for example, and hand out fliers to people and try to have a few conversations every now and then. You could also go to a lecture class, or one that has a moderate amount of people and personally give a quick five to ten minute presentation.
There you have it. These are my three quick easy ways to communicate with already existing members and others outside of your group. There are many other forms of communication but these are most effective when you need to get down to the basics.