As the temperature drops and the leaves continue to fall, it’s not uncommon for members to drift through November unmotivated and uninspired. Members are well aware of the competitive events they have chosen, but many see their deadlines as distant and non-concerning.
As officers, you have the opportunity to spark this motivation. Focus your meeting this month not on delivering information, but on presenting an inspiring message to move members to start studying, preparing, and working on their competitive events at this time. If you have a member who has gone far with their competitive event in years past (say, placing at state or even attending nationals!), consider having them speak about their experience.
Ask your members to draft a game plan of their event preparation before RLC rolls around: how will they study, memorize and polish a presentation, or learn the information they need in time? Encourage members to keep this plan clear and detailed.
Competitors that perform well in their events start preparing far in advance; make sure to emphasize this to your members. Some chapters require their members to present their work as it develops. While not necessary, a great way to facilitate this early start is to dedicate a meeting to competitive event planning and preparation.
For members who are not competing, don’t let them miss out on this opportunity to get motivated! Your motivational meeting should cover a wide range: have them get excited about attending future conferences, too!