Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

September 19 2016

Volunteers are the Lifeblood

Jessica Levin, Seven Degrees Communication

Volunteers are the lifeblood of any membership organization. In today’s busy world, with time at a premium, people may have an interest in becoming an active member but they are limited by the 24-hour day.  At Chapter Leaders Training in St. Louis, one of the big Ah-ha moments came when someone suggested “Tiny Tasks.”  

Tiny Tasks are self-contained projects that a volunteer can do to help assist the chapter without a large time commitment.  This might ​include making event confirmation calls, writing an article for the newsletter, or even booking a speaker. Tiny tasks make it easy to get involved and are a great entry into volunteerism.  Over the next few months, the PCMA board will be working towards identifying Tiny Tasks to get you more involved. 

Whether it’s a one-time helping hand or a more in-depth assignment, volunteering provides a lot of value to the volunteer.   For example:
You build closer relationships with other members
You learn or enhance an existing skill
You position yourself as a leader in the industry
You earn credits for CMP recertification
You meet your future boss or client
You have fun

Tiny Tasks aren’t just for PCMA.  You may want to incorporate this concept into an association that you work for or even when considering outsourcing work.  Breaking projects into digestible chunks makes work less overwhelming and easier to manage.

If you have been thinking about getting involved with NYPCMA but didn’t think you had the time, think again!  We would love to have you perform a Tiny Task.  

For more information on volunteering, contact Jessica Levin, President-Elect, jlevin@sevendegreescommunications.com

 

2 Comments

  1. 2 Rose Pogue 22 Sep

    Hello,

    Do you have to be a member of NYPCMA in order to volunteer to perform a tiny task?

    Thank you,

    Rose
  2. 1 Samantha Bowerman 26 Sep
    Rose,

    You do need to be a member to serve on an NYPCMA committee.  If you can email your contact information -- I can have someone reach out to you.

    Samantha
    NYPCMA Chapter Administrator
    newyork@pcma.org

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