1. Contact Everyone
If there’s a list of potential committee volunteers, make sure every single one is contacted—and none are told “No, thanks, we don’t need your help.”
2. Communicate Expectations
Let people know what’s expected of their committee and what isn’t. If several committees will work together on a project, spell out what each group will do.
3. Utilize Strengths
Some people love taking the lead while others would rather work behind the scenes. Get to know members’ strengths and use them.
4. Be Open-minded
Listen to new ideas and incorporate them when possible. Committee meetings should be a place where everyone feels heard.
5. Be Empowered
When a decision needs to be discussed in detail, have committee members hash out possibilities and come to a decision; don’t wait for a general meeting.
6. Keep Good Records
Documenting steps and making sure it gets passed on helps new committee members build on past successes.