Dear League Leaders,

Dear League Leaders,

This the time of year when League leaders, well, do a lot MORE speaking! Here are some skills you can apply when you're communicating face-to-face, over the phone, moderating a debate or during presentations.

1. PAUSE

Dear League Leaders,

WHEW! The election season is over. I know many of you have worked long and hard to provide forums, debates, registration opportunities in your communities (and took a bit of grief at times as well). But now there is a bit more to do.

As you no doubt know, the main goals of every event are to:

Dear League Leaders,

League members come and go. Here’s what it takes to win and keep your League members:

1. Accessibility. Start by making it easy for your League members to participate. Accessibility includes such things as ample parking, responding to e-mail the day it is received, and a website that is clear and easy to navigate. It means you use language that is straightforward and readily understood by all. If you have diverse League members, it means translating your materials into simple non League-ese.

Dear League Leaders,

I know many local Leagues have social events around this time of year. Possibly a luncheon with the local high school choir, or a cookie exchange, or just a mix and mingle with prospective members. Even if it is the same hardy souls that come to every League activity, why don't you have a bit of fun for change? Here's a kind of "ice-breaker" that is very quick and easy, requiring no equipment or preparation.

The game can also be used to make introductions a little more interesting than usual.

Dear League Leaders,

Dear League Leaders,

Dear League Leaders,

A while ago I sent a Membership Moment about how to reply to an array of excuses. Here is another approach.

Dear League Leaders,

What is the best way to show a prospective League member that you are listening? Choose one. No peeking!

A. Ask questions about what you heard in their dialogue.

B. Take notes.

C. Give an opinion about what you heard in their conversation.

D. Repeat what you heard in the form of a statement or question.

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