Within PRSSA Chapters, members have the opportunity to work together as a strong team. From the executive board to student-run firm staff to even general Chapter activities, teamwork is essential in the Chapter environment.
Everyone has a different perspective and personality; you must find a way to put all the pieces together. Even the most unlikely people can contribute to the best teams. Every character has their place.
One of the first challenges for a team can be motivating people to get involved in the first place. While some people volunteer immediately, others might be shy or more hesitant. An important thing to remember here is an old quote from A.A. Milne’s “Winnie the Pooh” stories:
“You can’t stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.”
Before the year begins, know what your Chapter is working toward for the year. Set goals together as a Chapter and listen to member input on what they want to accomplish. As Winnie the Pooh also said,
“Before beginning a hunt, it is wise to ask someone what you are looking for before you begin looking for it.”
When building your team and Chapter, remember everyone has a job to do. It is not the executive board that makes the Chapter but really the Chapter members you work for. Take time to appreciate everyone for attending meetings, participating in competitions and attending Chapter outings. Highlight your members for their talents and input. Remember another lesson from Winnie the Pooh:
“A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference.”
The key to successfully working together as a team is to ensure each member has a place, feels comfortable and is appreciated for their work and participation. For more help on working together as a Chapter or student-run firm, review the content on PRSSA’s Handbooks and Guidelines page on the PRSSA website.
How do you facilitate teamwork among your Chapter members? What advice do you have for students leading others?
This is a guest post from the Vice President of Public Relations Lauren Gray.