There are two kinds of people: Pumps and Valves – I’m a pump
There are two kinds of people: Downbeat and upbeat – I’m upbeat
There are two kinds of people: Talkers and Doers – I’m a doer. (OK, I’m a talker too.)
There are two ways you can be successful in personal recruiting: engage the people you meet in musical conversation and if that isn’t working, change what you are doing for the better.
In the last eight days:
Last Sunday on the way home from the FWD Prelims we stopped by the house we lived in 10 years ago. We knew the owners had the house on the market again and we wanted to see the place. But the stranger at the door was the next owner. We explained who we were and chatted for 45 minutes. Eventually I got around to singing. He said in a month when the house is in better order he wants to look up the men’s choir he heard was nearby. I handed him my chapter business card and said “Do mean this one?” Yes, in fact, he did and will be showing up soon.
When we finally arrived home on Sunday I found a message on our answering machine. A man named Scott had found my chapter ad in a local free newspaper. I called him. He showed up Tuesday night and had a great time. He is new to the area, was very involved in a community choir and musical theater in the past, and reads music. On Tuesday in the mail he’ll get a thank you letter and a certificate confirming he rang chords with the Gold Rush Chorus last Tuesday. He’ll be back.
On Wednesday I waited for my wife in a fast food restaurant, working at my laptop. A man approached me and asked if I actually had wi-fi access. I said no, I was just editing a document. He ended up joining me and we talked about ... music. He said that he sings and would shortly be auditioning for a part at our local community theater. He wants to be Jean Valjean in Les Misérables. If he doesn’t get the part he will visit us in a couple weeks. Otherwise he will visit us next January. He said he noticed the magnetic sign on my car stating Singers Wanted. I was also wearing my chapter jacket with an 8 inch chapter logo on the back. It’s really hard to miss.
So, who are you of the two kinds above and what are you doing to share your incredible hobby with those you meet?
If your BHS chapter is like mine, half of the members do not get it. Prove it by logging into ebiz, go to your chapter page. At the top you will see the roster count. Then count the number of members that show a zero in the MON (Man Of Note) column. My chapter is at exactly 50%. I know where our lagging membership problem lies.
VP Membership, D009 Placerville – Gold Rush Chorus
FWD Convention Activities Chairman
BHS Project 23K Webmaster (dues paid up members at quarter end was 23,001)
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