Recruiting Your Team
It's time to build your team- who do you approach? How do you get friends, family members and colleagues to commit?
- Be enthusiastic! Let people know that MicroBike is a fun event, a great way to engage employees outside work and it gives you the opportunity to raising money for a good cause. Read up on Accion's work and our mission to give people the financial tools they need to improve their lives- everyone knows a small business owner who has struggled. Our work around the world in Africa, Latin America, Asia and the United States helps entrepreneurs build brighter futures for themselves and their families.
- Reach out to bike riders in your community. Send an email to your colleagues who bike to work every day or post a MicroBike flyer in your local bike shop. And remind your friends who don't bike that it's easy to rent a bike or participate in MicroBike as a volunteer.
- Look for people with leadership ability. Reach out to your friends who organize social gatherings, they already are good at getting people to events and having fun. Take a look around your workplace and ask the people in management positions to participate, but also look for more junior employees who would shine in an organizing or recruiting role.
- Friends with similar interests are great recruits. If you know someone who is passionate about social enterprise, international development or financial education, you have a great potential recruit! If your friends don't know about microfinance or Accion, this is an easy way to introduce them to our work and get them excited about our programs.
- Post a call to action on Facebook or Twitter. Reach your whole friends list and all your followers by asking people to join in with a post or a message.
- Ask in person! After posting on Facebook or Twitter, or sending along an email, if you have the opportunity to reach out in person- do it! Walk over to your colleagues desks to talk to them about MicroBike, give your friends a call or talk to them when you meet up.
- Spread the work around! You don't have to do all the work yourself! Find a couple people who get things done and can champion MicroBike at their workplace or among their friends. Spreading the work around this way will allow you to reach more people.And don't be afraid to ask a busy person to join in- busy people get things done, and people like to be asked.