Recruitment

Welcome Recruitment Chairmen & Brothers!

Recruitment is one of the most important functions that a chapter or colony can perform. It is important to understand why recruitment is so important to the Fraternity and our future.

Recruitment is the lifeblood of the Fraternity. Without it, none of us would have been led to make such a significant decision that would impact our lives. Part of the mission of Phi Gamma Delta is to bring men into our chapters and colonies who fit our ideals and values, and to perpetuate the good name of Phi Gamma Delta all across North America.

Are You Ready to Take Your Chapter to New Heights?

Lexington, Kentucky - June 28-30, 2019

The Summit is a new event that expands upon the former Recruitment Workshop to include RECRUITMENT and NEW MEMBER EDUCATION onboarding strategies and tactics.

Participants will build a new recruitment plan and a unique new member education program for their chapter/colony. To learn more about the event, and to register, click here!

 

 Phi Gamma Delta Legacy Policy

Anytime a chapter or colony finds a legacy going through recruitment, it is the chapter's / colony's responsibility to ensure they reach out to the legacy as soon as possible. A legacy is defined as an undergraduate man whose brother, father, grandfather, uncle, or cousin is an initiated member of the Fraternity. Additionally, there are a few steps the chapter or colony must follow when a legacy goes through recruitment:

  • Before and during the recruitment week, personally, invite the legacy out to all group recruitment events that you host, and take him out to dinner two or three times (or another similar small, one on one event).
  • You also need to assign each legacy that comes through a specific brother to act as their liaison for the chapter. Ideally, it should be a cabinet officer, recruitment chairman, or a past officer that will personally invite the legacy out to events as well as keep in touch with him throughout recruitment.
  • After getting to know the legacy, talk to his relative to see if they have anything to say about him or any input.
  • Once the chapter or colony votes, or has a pretty good idea of whether or not the legacy will receive a bid, reach out to his relative and inform him right away.

All legacies should be given a fair chance at becoming a member and given extra attention out of respect for their relative, who is our brother.

 

Recruitment Resources:

 Recruitment Manual

A new manual and other materials will be coming soon!

 

 Marketing Materials

Contact the Director of Growth if you would like help customizing resources to fit your particular chapter/colony, or have other ideas for useful materials!

 

 Programs & Workshops

  • Social Excellence: To build the best relationships with potential members, we need to be having the best conversations. This program will break down the Four Pillars of Social Excellence, and allow us to practice building better relationships. 
  • Dynamic Recruitment Workshop: Brothers will have a chance to collaborate in an interactive program on the best ways to successfully take men from potential members to Brothers through the dynamic recruitment system.
  • Recruitment Branding: Using your chapters vision, future goals and purpose, we will help come up with a branding statement to use for promotions to help your chapter stand out from the rest.

If you are interested in one of these programs, contact your Field Secretary or the Director of Growth!

 

 Misc. Resources

 

Recruitment Updates:

 Recruitment Update - May 2019 - Summer Recruitment

 
 
 
Fall recruitment can be easy... if you start today!
 

Brothers,

It is easy to say recruitment is 24/7 and 365. But it is even easier to forget what a prime opportunity summer break is for recruitment. For some chapters, it seems like a weird and hard to navigate time to recruit. For others, summer recruitment is the main recruitment period, and they start classes in the fall with a new member class in place. 

Successful summer recruitment can be broken up into four phases. Tips for each are below.

 

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Phase 1

Phase 2

Phase 3

Phase 4

The Summit Registration

 
 

Phase 1 - As soon as classes end

  • Clean up your names list from the past academic year. Are there men who said "next semester" that were never followed up with? Can you meet with him before leaving campus?
  • Start high school outreach. Reach out to you high school guidance counselors and ask if there are student coming to your university and ask them about meeting with them to help with the transition to college life (you don't bring up recruiting, people join people!). 

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Phase 2 - Early in the summer
  • Get informed! The university will host a number events for incoming students: summer previews, orientation, and welcome weeks. These are great opportunities to start getting the Fiji name out there and in front of potential members early. Talk to your university to get involved!
  • Reach out as an individual, an upperclassmen, or a campus leader. There is no need to reach out as a fraternity man yet! Find a common connection with a potential member and build the relationship. 
  • Offer consistent (not constant) follow up. You don't need to be annoying to build a relationship, but you do need to be in communication. 

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Phase 3 - End of the summer
  • Build the relationship. Using small normal activities build friendships with potential members. Be willing to travel to their hometown, or meet on campus and show them around where some of their classes may be. These don't need to be high pressure situations, think coffee, lunch, or pick-up-sports. 
  • Focus on parents. Summer recruitment is a great way to introduce parents to the idea of a fraternity, not just their son. Be willing and open to meet them or include them on tours. 

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Phase 4 - Day 1 of orientation
  • It's move in day, and you already have a relationship with potential members. Fiji should be the first men they see, welcoming them to campus. Greet the family, you and other brothers help him move into the dorms. Be his welcoming committee! It will ease the potential member's and family's transition. 
  • Don't take a potential member away from campus orientation activities, join them! Because you have already built a relationship, be apart of their welcoming experience and meet some of their friends. Leverage your hard work from earlier in the summer to meet more potential members. 

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The Summit

Registration is open! 

The Summit is a new event that expands upon the former Recruitment Workshop to include recruitment and new member education strategies and tactics.

To learn more about the event, and to register, click here!

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Fraternally,

Nick Hawley - Director of Growth

Perge!

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© 2016 Phi Gamma Delta

1201 Red Mile Road, P.O. Box 4599
Lexington, Kentucky 40544-4599
phigam@phigam.org  |  859.255.1848

 
 
 

 Recruitment Update - April 2019 - The Summit

 
 
 

TAKE YOUR CHAPTER TO NEW HEIGHTS
Lexington, Kentucky - June 28-30

Brothers,

Are you ready to take your chapter to new heights? The Summit is a new event that expands upon the former Recruitment Workshop to include recruitment and new member education onboarding strategies and tactics.

Recruitment is not just the lifeblood of a healthy fraternity, but the best cure of apathy and an opportunity for improvements. However, our efforts are wasted if we do not have a useful and meaningful new member education process. To grow, succeed and achieve the greatness we all desire, we need both!

Who Should Attend?
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This event is primarily for recruitment chairmen and new member educators, but any leaders in a chapter/colony are welcome to attend, learn and go home to make an impact with your organization!

The recruitment chairmen track will break down the elements of dynamic recruitment in an engaging and exciting way. With a focus on building a culture around positive relationships and belonging, participants will design a recruitment plan for the upcoming academic year.

New Member Education is intended to be a meaningful and engaging experience. Through a variety of activities and discussions, new member educators will develop a unique and custom program for their chapter/colony.

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Event Details

The Summit will be held at the University of Kentucky, in Lexington, KY, and begins Friday afternoon (June 28) and concludes Sunday morning (June 30).

Registration fee is $120 per registrant. This fee will cover: a Friday BBQ at IHQ, Saturday breakfast and lunch, Sunday breakfast, lodging at the University of Kentucky, and all training materials. The cost does not cover travel to Lexington or dinner on Saturday evening.

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Registration will open April 5!

Stay tuned on social media and phigam.org for more details.

Fraternally,

Nick Hawley - Director of Growth

Perge!

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© 2016 Phi Gamma Delta

1201 Red Mile Road, P.O. Box 4599
Lexington, Kentucky 40544-4599
phigam@phigam.org  |  859.255.1848

 
 
 

 Recruitment Update - March 2019 - March Marketing Madness

     
  Recruitment Update. March 2019  
 
 
March (Marketing) Madness
 

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Social Media

Flyers

Bonus

 

 
 

While nearly every aspect of recruitment should revolve around how we are building relationships, if we are not marketing properly, then nobody will know who we are, or the great things we are doing as an organization. As recruitment chairmen and leaders in the organization, having strong communication with the brother running our social media and public relations is vital!

Social Media

Social media cannot be an afterthought in operations but is vital for a public image and to promote what your chapter is doing. Work with your social media chair on some of the tips below:

  • Your page needs to be easy to find with a simple and straight forward name with your university and fiji/phigam.
  • Be sure it is up to date! Nothing makes someone click off of your page faster than seeing you haven’t posted in over a year.
  • Be sure to post your overall calendar, and event reminders in a post or in a story.
  • Event reminders should be at least 24 hours before the event to maximize who will see it.
  • Don’t forget the details! Who is invited? Where is it? What is going on? What time does it start?

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Flyers

Let’s be honest for a second, if all we are doing for promotions is flyers, we shouldn’t bother. Think about the last time you stopped at a bulletin board, saw a cool flyer or poster, and remembered to go to that event. Odds are, it has been a while if ever. However, they can be good addition to other means of publicity. Flyers can be good to have at an information table, or to give out while talking to someone at the dining hall or library. Be sure to include events within 24-48 hours, with details and contact information.

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Bonus

Ask to speak at another organization. Whether a sorority, student government, or a leadership organization, they all have meetings at some point. Contact the president and ask if you can talk for two or three minutes at the start of a meeting to talk about your organization. Talk about what your values are and the type of men your hoping to recruit. See if they will help submit names or even give you contact information!

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Recruitment isn’t easy, and there are always things that can be improved throughout the process. However, marketing for names to add to your list is the first step that is needed for success.

Fraternally,
Nick Hawley - Director of Growth

Perge!
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© 2016 Phi Gamma Delta

1201 Red Mile Road, P.O. Box 4599
Lexington, Kentucky 40544-4599
phigam@phigam.org  |  859.255.1848

 
 
 

 Recruitment Update - February 2019 - New Chairmen

 
 
 
New Chairmen, No Problems!

Brothers,So, you just were appointed the recruitment chairmen for the next academic year. Recruitment is a prime opportunity to take you chapter to new heights, and you get to facilitate that. No pressure.

Recruitment is the life-blood of our organization. If we are not successful in recruitment, then our organization is destined to fail. However, there are some simple things you can do to learn and be prepared to succeed and make this semester your chapters best recruitment season yet. 

1. Build your team

While you are the chairmen, it isn’t only your job! Talk to other chairmen and brothers to see how you can collaborate and work together for success. Your job is to facilitate the success, not do every detail on your own to be successful.

2. Update your names list

Format the names list to fit your strategy. Make sure that you and the chapter is prepared to collect the information you need, and that the names that are on the list from past semesters are quality leads. Check out some names list options, like Chapter Builder, google sheets or other options to share information across the brotherhood.

3.Collect referrals

Utilize positive relationships: graduates, sororities, campus administration or other campus organizations. Use your campus network to help find the highest quality potential members possible.

4. Learn the rules

We need to be able to follow the rules and restrictions put in place: our Legacy Policy, qualifications of membership on campus and from IHQ, and formal recruitment proceedings.

5. Prepare your budget

Work with your treasurer to figure out what your recruitment budget is and start planning. What percentage goes to large events? Small events? Publicizing events?

6. Binge YouTube

YouTube has a ton of recruitment videos with an endless number of tips. Check out some videos by PhiredUp or other videos that talk about recruiting. There are professionals out there who do this for a living, use their knowledge.

7. Be opened to learn more

Think about what you don’t know, how can you learn. Is it a program from IHQ? What about our New Member Summit (formerly Recruitment Workshop, details to come soon!)? How can you come into a semester with the most knowledge for success?

8. Know your resources

Check out phigam.org for resources and samples to help with your efforts.

9. Catch up on your reading

Between the Phi Gamma Delta Recruitment Manual and the books by PhiredUp, there are plenty of things you can read to catch up about tips and tricks.

10. Update your roster

Be sure to have your chapter president or recording secretary update your roster to be sure to get all the email updates and other information sent out for recruitment chairmen.

Fraternally,

Nick Hawley
Director of Growth

Perge!

 
 

© 2016 Phi Gamma Delta

1201 Red Mile Road, P.O. Box 4599
Lexington, Kentucky 40544-4599
phigam@phigam.org  |  859.255.1848

 
 
 

 Recruitment Update - January 2019 - Events

 
 
 
Are Enormous Events Enough?

Brothers,

Recruitment events are important. Nobody is going to argue that! They are one of the best ways for us to show our brotherhood and to simply have fun. If events are planned, thought out and executed properly, they can produce invaluable results. However, we need to strategize about what kind of events we are having. Sometimes large events are just not enough. 

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Big Events

Small Events

Event Extras 

 
 
BIG Events

Big events can be a great way to start a semester and to build strong momentum into recruitment.

Pros:

  • Large events are a great way to add a significant number of names to our list in a short period of time.
  • If we have a larger chapter, large events can help show off the size of our organization and the tight knit brotherhood among so many men.
  • Bigger events provide an endless list of activities that can be done.

Cons:

  • Large events can quickly take a toll on our recruitment budget.
  • No matter the size of our organization, if our brothers don’t show up, our image is at risk.
  • Larger events take a larger amount of planning and more effort to execute.
  • If we only hold large events, potential members expectations of membership change to be large campus wide events all the time.

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Small Events

It has been proven that people join organizations where they feel like they belong. Smaller events are a great way to build that sense of belonging in a new organization.

Pros:

  • Potential members can see the activities you and your brothers do on a day-to-day basis, so their expectations are more aligned.
  • Smaller settings allow for you to build better and closer relationships with potential members.
  • Because these are probably close to what you guys do normally, the events can be cheap or free, and are fun for you and your brothers

Cons:

  • While relationships can be better with some potential members, there are less of them around to build relationships with.
  • Smaller group settings, or 1-1 situations, can be awkward.
  • As with larger events, if our brothers don’t show up, or image is at risk.

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Event Extras

No matter what the size of the event is, there are always things that need to be considered. Have you thought about all these things for your events this semester?

  • How and when do we start promoting our events?
  • Have we delegated responsibilities to brothers and our committee?
  • Are our graduates involved?
  • Are our events convenient for potential members to attend?
  • Are our brothers excited enough for the event to show up?

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Fraternally,
Nick Hawley - Director of Growth

Perge!

 

© 2016 Phi Gamma Delta

1201 Red Mile Road, P.O. Box 4599
Lexington, Kentucky 40544-4599
phigam@phigam.org  |  859.255.1848

 
 
 

 Recruitment Update - December 2018 - #EndComfyRecruitment

 
 
#EndComfyRecruitment
 

Brothers,

Let’s talk about diversity in recruitment for a second. I’m not talking about the buzz word that we all say we value and appreciate when we are talking to potential members or having a brotherhood with eight different majors and saying that counts in an 80-man chapter. I’m talking about intentionally seeking new members with differing views and opinions in order to better our organization.

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Why Is It Important?

What Are the Barriers?

How Can We Fix It?

 
Why Is It Important?

Recruiting in our comfort zone is just that… comfortable!

How is comfy recruiting helping develop our members to branch out and develop socially and mentally? And if we recruit people who think exactly like us, wont they view our operations exactly like we do?

If we can be intentional with our recruitment, we can challenge our members, the recruitment process and our operations! Phi Gamma Delta’s aspiration is to Build Courageous Leaders, but you need to help facilitate that. There is no development occurring if our brothers can only talk to people who think the exact same way as them. Operationally, new mindsets and viewpoints are the best way to change, improve and expand. Swedish-American writer, entrepreneur and public speaker Frans Johansson said, “The best ideas emerge when different perspectives meet.” Lead your campus, and Phi Gamma Delta, by facilitating those vastly different perspectives to get the best ideas possible.

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What Are the Barriers Stopping Us?

So, why is this hard? It sounds logical to do things that would help our organization improve, but why haven’t we done it yet? Below are some of the biggest barriers that we typically face in adding diversity to an organization:

 - Homophily (the tendency of individuals to associate with others who are like them) 

  • This is not an entirely terrible idea! However, how can we challenge ourselves to find potential members who share values, but have a different way of thinking? 

 - The “They Wouldn’t Want to Join” Expectation: 

  • It is easy to assume potential members would join a multicultural fraternity if there is one that they closely identify with, but that is not inherently true. Maybe they just feel like they belong there. But who is to say that if we open our doors that, they wouldn’t feel welcome in our organization too.
  • Why not? Maybe they have just never been asked.

 - Understanding Potential Members 

  • As fraternity men, we are in a very privileged position. But are we meeting the needs of our potential member’s? The incoming generation is looking for diversity and development opportunities more than ever and can see if we say we value it or if we actually do. Can first generation students and students from a low-income background afford to be a member and participate in our prestigious organization? 

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How Can We Fix It?
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 - Quit comfy recruitment. It might work now, but it won't work forever!
 - Define diversity for your organization and university: Look at the cross section of your university and your IFC. How can you help challenge your chapter to match that?
 - Develop outreach strategies: What organizations are you going to present to talk about who you are as an organization? Can you build and expand that to reach leaders in other organizations with varying perspectives?

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It's time to put an end to comfy recruitment, where we only talk and recruit members who are exactly like us. It is preventing our members from being prepared for the real world after college and causing major stagnation operationally. As we head into the new year, and recruitment season starts back up, remember to be intentional with recruitment to try and bring new perspectives into your organization.

Changing your perspective, changes your experience!

Fraternally,
Nick - Director of Growth

Perge!

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© 2016 Phi Gamma Delta

1201 Red Mile Road, P.O. Box 4599
Lexington, Kentucky 40544-4599
phigam@phigam.org  |  859.255.1848

 
 
 

 Recruitment Update - November 2018 - Retention

 
 
 
 
It's Time to Pay Attention to Retention!
 
 

In This Issue

Why Does Retention Matter?

What Are the Issues?

How Can We Stop It?

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Why Does Retention Matter?

Recruitment is often considered the backbone of a healthy fraternity. However, if we have poor retention, our efforts are wasted!

There are three main areas where retention can affect the well-being of our organization: throughout the recruitment process, pledging process and post initiation. Poor retention through these periods of membership cause valuable, impactful and important brothers to leave our organization and not follow through on their potential.

We need to continuously be retaining and recruiting members, so we can spread the values and ever evolving purpose of our fraternity. Our retention percentages reflect directly onto the culture of our chapter during and after recruitment. 

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What Are the Issues?
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There are consistently two main reasons why our organizations struggle with retention.

  1. Misaligned Expectations: This is most common with new members or during a pledging term. Men feel they were recruited off of one set of ideals, but begin to experience a different set once they become more involved. 
  2. Lack of Connection: This can happen at any point and time in an organization, from the oldest to youngest members. When our members start feeling like they are not valued, don't fit in or no longer belong in the organization, they seek opportunities to be involved and valued elsewhere. 

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How Can We Stop It From Happening? 
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There are simple things we can do to improve retention and ways to change the culture for members from the start of their recruitment process, throughout their entire time as an undergraduate  brother. 

  1. Evaluate Your Roster: Look through your roster and see who is disengaged and have a conversation with them to ask why. You or another leader should try to intentionally and deliberately build a relationship with them. 
  2. Evaluate Recruitment Strategies: Take the time to reflect and look at your recruitment period. Are your events and strategy fully representing your organization? Do your potential members get a true vision of who you are as an organization and what it would be like to be a part of it?
  3. Put Your People First: Do you feel valued in your organization? If yes, does everyone else feel the same? If not, why? Work to build your recruitment culture off valuing each other and appreciating who each brother is and what they bring to the table. 
  4. Ask Questions: Ask your members what they think. Talk to your new members about what their experience is/was. Ask your seniors why they are disengaged.

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Check out Phired Up blog "Why Retention Matters Most," by Colleen Coffery-Melchiorre to learn more about why it is time to pay attention to retention.

Fraternally,
Nick - Director of Growth

              
 

© 2016 Phi Gamma Delta

1201 Red Mile Road, P.O. Box 4599
Lexington, Kentucky 40544-4599
phigam@phigam.org  |  859.255.1848

 
 
 

 Recruitment Update - October 2018 - Dynamic Recruitment

 
Recruitment Update - October 2018
Recruitment: Don't Panic, It's Time to Be Dynamic!

In This Issue

What Is Dynamic Recruitment?

Representing Our Authentic Selves

Utilizing Existing Events

 
 

For some campuses, the formal recruitment period is coming to an end, just getting started or being planned for the start of next semester. However, the timing of our formal recruitment period should not matter if we want to reach peak success in recruitment. If we want the best possible results in recruitment we need to focus on being dynamic. 

Dynamic Recruitment is a topic consistently brought up by campus administration and headquarters. While it is a great idea, we don't always talk about how to actually apply it. This recruitment update is intended to help you start coming up with ideas on being truly dynamic with your recruitment.

 What Is Dynamic Recruitment?

If you've heard anyone talk about dynamic recruitment, then you know it's basis is recruiting 365 days a year, and at the simplest form that is correct. Dynamic Recruitment is an active approach to building meaningful relationship with non-Greek students through an intentional and strategic process. Utilizing small, normal friendship building activities, over large recruitment events, is a key to successful Dynamic Recruitment. 

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Representing Our Authentic Selves

We should always work to be authentic and represent ourselves to the best of our ability. However, it is easy to fall into a trap to act how we think potential members want us to act. This negatively impacts not just the formal recruitment period, but outside of that as well. 

As a chapter, representing your authentic self, and showing that to the rest of campus, will attract like-minded new members. Use that to your advantage! Bring your authentic selves, and your events, onto campus and promote the correlation. Wear your Fiji shirts to a brotherhood basketball tournament at the gym. Set-up an information table next to your philanthropy table. 

Help others build their own correlation between your authentic values based organization and membership.

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Utilizing Existing Events

Every chapter and colony has recruitment events squished into an IFC mandated period. And while these events are great and have a particular way to be run, those aren't the only events we have as a fraternity. Any events we have can be a recruitment event! There is nothing stopping us from inviting non-Greek men to come to brotherhood events, community service events, philanthropy events, or any other events. If we can get potential members feeling welcomed into our organization before the recruitment period even starts, then getting them through the process and to a bid vote is even easier!

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If you questions about developing your chapter or colony's recruitment model to be more dynamic, check out the Phi Gamma Delta Recruitment Manual, ask your field secretary, or call headquarters! 

Fraternally,
Nick Hawley - Director of Growth

Perge!

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© 2016 Phi Gamma Delta

1201 Red Mile Road, P.O. Box 4599
Lexington, Kentucky 40544-4599
phigam@phigam.org  |  859.255.1848

 
 
 

 Recruitment Update - September 2018 - Tabling

 
 
 
Recruitment Update - September 2018 
It's Tabling Season!
 

In This Issue 

The Goal

The Follow Up

Table Set-Up

Utilizing Brothers While Tabling

Common Mistakes

What Not to Bring

 
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Tabling at an organizational fair or for an individual event can be awkward and difficult. However, for groups that can master it, it becomes a vital membership drive for their names list. Tabling professionally and energetically is an standout first impression compared to other organizations on campus that could be tabling for the same reasons.

What Is the Goal?

No matter the reason for the table, your goal is to be to shake every male’s student hand that walks by your table, with the purpose of getting their name and contact information on your list and invite them to the event.

When & How Do We Follow Up?

Whether we are meeting someone for the first time or they have become a regular at our table and events, we need to be conscientious if how and when we are following up afterwards. It has been proven that if we do not follow up with someone, within 24 hours of meeting and talking with them, they will forget you, the conversation and what their next steps should be. Also, if we go more than seven days without reaching out at all, our potential member has lost interest and the chances of them joining, decrease substantially. Therefore, it is important to remember to include three things when following up: their name, a personal connection (maybe mention that you enjoyed talking about a topic that was brought up), and the next step for them in the recruitment process (i.e. next event or when bids will be extended).

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Table Set-Up

There is a fine line between our table being eye catching and an eyesore. When collecting materials for your table, keep it simple and professional. Use a professional printer and high quality paper for brochures or marketing materials. Be sure marketing information has contact information for potential members to get in contact with you, and a schedule of events. Use various a give-aways or raffles as a talking point and to help pull potential members to the table. A laptop or two can also be helpful. Use one for a slide show highlighting Brother and activities showcasing FIJI at its best, and the other with a sign up form open and ready. A tri-fold also is a great way to display images of your organization.

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Utilizing Brothers to Table

Your entire chapter is not needed to utilize tabling at its fullest potential. Run the table with a maximum of 2-4 Brothers. Have 2 Brothers run the table at a time talking to everyone that walks by. The other 2 can walk around talking to people standing around and not actively walking towards tables. These Brothers can send them to the table and see what other groups might be doing to get others to their table if there are several groups tabling. Switch the pairings every half hour or so to an hour to keep high energy at the table. It is important to keep in mind, that even if there is only one person at the table, it can still be successful if done correctly.

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Common Mistakes

Below are some common mistakes that are made during tabling. These are traps that we unfortunately fall into, but with practice and conscious efforts we can avoid them and improve our results.

  • Poor display planning: Be smart and think about what is on your table. Don't wait until thirty minutes before you have to be at the table, run around and collect random trinkets. Have a plan, think it through, and keep it simple. 
  • Failing to follow up with the people met: Especially at an organization fair, a potential member could be approached by any number of clubs, organizations and Fraternities. If we are failing to follow up, FIJI is going to get lost in the shuffle.
  • Lack of practice or interpersonal skills resulting in poor conversations: Like anything, practice makes perfect! The more we practice either with ourselves or by going and setting up a table on campus, the easier tabling becomes, and more confident we get. If we can be relaxed and confident while tabling, the better relationships we can develop in the short interaction. 
  • The next event being too far away: Although there are sometimes restrictions based on the IFC calendars, we should try to have something to invite anyone we meet within 48 hours. People are busy, especially potential members who could be completely new to college life and trying to find their fit. If the event is more than two days away, they wont remember. Another reason follow up is so important. 

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What Not to Bring

There are a few things we always seem to bring to our information tables, but that we really don't benefit from as much as we would think. 

  • Trophies: While trophies or awards can show off our accomplishments well, it is important to think critically how useful they are. If the award is more than a year old, consider it irrelevant. Potential members want to know about the group at the moment, not five years ago, or even two years ago. They want to know about your organization now. Also be sure to think about what a potential members know about Greek Life. A new college student may not understand what some awards mean, so they don't serve the positive purpose we think they do. 
  • Music: Music can be helpful to break the awkward silence that it is inevitable with tabling. However, it can be distracting and make it harder to talk to passer-byes. While it is encouraged not to bring music, if you do bring it, be sure to play it quiet enough to be able to carry on conversations with potential members.
  • Chairs: Give your chairs away! Your goal is to shake every male's hand that walks by. Having a table between you and someone walking by makes it impossible. So give your chairs away, and stand in front of your table.

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If you questions about tabling, check out the Phi Gamma Delta Recruitment Manual, ask your field secretary, or call headquarters! Good luck throughout tabling season and during recruitment this semester!

Nick Hawley - Director of Growth

Perge!
 

© 2016 Phi Gamma Delta

1201 Red Mile Road, P.O. Box 4599
Lexington, Kentucky 40544-4599
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If you have any questions regarding recruitment or any other resources or tools to help such as recruitment retreats, Chapter Builder, or staff visits please contact the Director of Growth.

Know someone who embodies the values of Phi Gamma Delta? Fill out their information in the link below! The information will be sent to the chapter or colony at the noted university.

 

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