January 20, 2018

Meeting Icebreaker: The Alphabet Game

This meeting icebreaker is out of what I call my bag of tricks. I use it instead of a break if the group has gotten off track or seems to be losing energy and needs a change of pace. It becomes a 5-6 minute break without having folks leave the room and then having to gather everyone back together. Try it! Divide the room up into groups of 4 or 5 (which means you'll need at least 8 people to make it work). Everyone should have a pen and paper for quick note-taking and brainstorming, but one … [Read more...]

Meeting Icebreaker: Tummy HA HA

I took this video during a leadership retreat for the SGA leaders of four of Valencia Community College's campuses. This is a team building exercise called "Tummy HA HA". The idea is for the members of the team to have a shared experience, something they can relate to later, joke about, etc. This activity also gets the members of the team out of their comfort zone as they get to relate to each other in a close, but non-threatening way. Things can get silly so it is also a good tension breaker. … [Read more...]

The Five People to Train in Student Leadership Heaven

The title of this blog post is an obvious (or maybe not so obvious) take-off on a popular movie title - "The Five People You Meet in Heaven." But since training student leaders is my own little bit of Heaven I couldn't resist. If I could visit every college campus in the nation and choose who I wanted to train it would be these five people - or groups of people - and here's why. I've been training student leaders for over two decades - and working hard at that 'every college campus in the … [Read more...]

Meeting Icebreaker: The Clap Down

Energize your meeting with this icebreaker that requires no material and no touching (some people don't like to be touched.) I usually use it to lead into another activity like Unusual Things in Common, lunch, a break, or the next phase or activity of the meeting. Remember, the purpose of any icebreaker is to get people energized, having fun, relaxed around each other or functioning on the same page. This one accomplishes them all. Have everyone stand up and empty their hands. Begin … [Read more...]

Using stories and cheap theatrics at your club meetings

There are lots of ways – other than just covering the business – to make your meeting more interesting and exciting. Using stories and what I’ll call “cheap theatrics” is just one of those. If you’re able to do something that catches peoples’ attention either at the beginning of the meeting, in the middle or at the end, it’s going to make the meeting much more memorable and they’ll be excited about coming again next week to see what you are going to do next. It doesn't always have to be the … [Read more...]

Meeting Icebreaker: Unusual Things in common

Here's a great meeting icebreaker to conduct at the beginning of year. It forces old members to meet new members and new members to meet everyone. It also puts all of your meeting attendees on the same comfort level because they're all doing the same thing and sharing about themselves with people they don't know. To get started have everyone stand up and put everything down. Instruct them to go and find two people in the meeting that they don't know at all or not very well and take a few … [Read more...]

Get a DEFINING STATEMENT and boost your recruiting efforts

“No, we are not the Circle K that is the convenience stores... We are not a dude ranch with horses... We don’t dance in circles, although you can if you want to...”  That was part of my normal speech when I was the District Administrator for the Georgia District of Circle K International. I was responsible for 28 chapters, including helping them to effectively recruit members. I went to campus after campus and watched our student leaders struggle with trying to explain what Circle K was—and what … [Read more...]

Overcoming challenges to club member involvement

Often times students will eagerly join your campus club or organization, but as time goes on their participation declines. Eventually you may unacceptably low attendance at your meetings and worse yet at your activities and events. If we take for granted that your meetings are not boring and that your members aren't just lazy, it could be that circumstances for the student(s) involved may have changed. Things such as conflicts with work or class schedules, another organization they belong to … [Read more...]

14 Elements for a great club meeting

If no one enjoys coming to your meetings, your campus club or organization is going to be a big flop. Your meetings are the key event that gets and keeps your core members involved. Want to keep everyone from getting bored and get a lot accomplished at the same time? We previously talked about 3 ways to pep up your campus club meetings but if you follow these guidelines (that includes those 3 ideas) for structuring your meetings you should see marked improvement in involvement, enthusiasm and … [Read more...]

5 Things to do Once You’re Elected to Student Leadership

Congratulations! You’ve been elected to a student leadership role. This can be the chance of a lifetime and you don’t want to blow it. In some cases, the things you experience in your organization – especially as a leader – can be more valuable than the lessons from class. My first piece of advice – HAVE A PLAN. There’s an old saying that goes, “There are three types of people. Those that make things happen, those that watch things happen, and those that wonder what happened.” As a leader, your … [Read more...]