INT 103: How Best To Balance Your Time As A Leader in a Volunteer Organization

On today’s episode of IntHERrupt, our host, Linda Yates, talks with marketing expert, Cynthia Beckles, about how to balance your time as a leader in a volunteer organization. 

Why is volunteering important? 

  • Cynthia has found volunteering as a healthy outlet away from her job to find fulfillment and make a real difference. 
  • She has learned how to inspire a shared vision and treat everyone involved with respect. 

How can you motivate volunteers that aren’t measuring up?

  • Take the time to meet with them, without singling them out, and find out if their current position isn’t a good fit. Move them to a different position that will help them to find their ‘why’. 
  • Cynthia still remembers the advice of a mentor from 21 years ago, a good mentor can motivate someone to stay and grow. 

How do you manage your job, life, and volunteer work?

  • Cynthia finds common ground within the different aspects of her life and is able to compartmentalize them.
  • Have a plan and do an evaluation afterward. 

What does Cynthia wish she’d known?

  • Make sure that everyone knows what is going on and make sure that people realize this is not their job, it’s a volunteer effort. 
  • The minute volunteering feels like a job, that’s when you start losing people. Acknowledge your volunteers and give them special recognition. 
  • Make sure the volunteers are getting what they need. 

Has Cynthia been interrupted?

  • The pandemic interrupted Cynthia’s life and forced her to learn more about digital marketing. 
  • Cynthia views interruptions as an opportunity to learn new skills and make new connections. 

Do you have stories to tell? Connect with Linda to share them. This podcast is produced by TSE Studios. Check out other podcasts by TSE Studios, including this episode’s sponsor, The Sales Evangelist, helping new and struggling sellers close more deals and achieve their sales goals. Subscribe to the IntHERrupt Podcast so you won’t miss a single show. Find us on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast, Spotify, Youtube, and Stitcher. Audio created by Ryan Rasmussen Productions

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