Outreach Roleplay Continued

Title: Outreach RolePlay Continued.


Shepherd: Brian Cady ([email protected])


Co-sponsors: Michael Heichman, and Elie Yarden,


Committees to Vet: Membership, CommComm?, Adcam


Background: We have, as a group, advocated that each of us, as individuals, reach out to new members. What happens when we do reach out? What are we likely to have to deal with? What works well?

We've seen two role-plays now before the last StateComm., are we ready to try role-playing ourselves?

Perhaps we're still a little uneasy as individuals with the task we have, as a group, set before each of us individuals. Let's again familiarize ourselves with it through watching, then, this time, doing, role-plays with each other, to become more comfortable and familiar with the whole concept of inviting our friends, family and acquaintances to the GRP, and to improve our skill. Also, let's consider each leading role-plays such as this within our local chapters, to inspire members to reach out to non-members.


I'll introduce this. - 2 minutes

Two of us will act out, first, approaching an easy prospect, then a 'difficult' one. – 5 minutes

Then we'll break into pairs or threesomes to role-play ourselves. – 10 minutes

The we'll re-convene and share lessons learned, and thoughts on next steps, like leading role-plays in locals. – 10 minutes


I hope to have and use rough drafts of the new literature within the role-playing.



1) Introduction to prospective member outreach.

2) Demonstration of role-playing with easy, then resistant prospects

3) Break up into pairs/threesomes to roleplay approaching new prospects

4) Group discussion of new member invitations, & chapter-level roleplays.



Budgetary Impact: none.
Time: 30 minutes



Implementation: To occur within the Membership break-out group of the GRP StateComm meeting on Oct. 20th.

Brian Cady will reach out to an unspecified volunteer, who will act as though the GRP is new and interesting to them. Then we'll repeat while the volunteer acts uninterested and surly, for laughs.

Then we'll break op into pairs or threesomes to roleplay, hopefully with the new comparison literature in hand.

Then we'll reconvene briefly to share lessons learned, and consider that local chapter might lead outreach roleplay sessions, to inspire GRP local members to reach out to non-members.


Brian Cady


Showing 7 reactions

  • Brian Cady
    commented 2013-10-13 08:01:20 -0400
    Thanks, John A., This idea had been taken into the Oct. 20th State Com. agenda, So, If I may, I withdraw this proposal.
  • John Andrews
    commented 2013-10-12 18:05:16 -0400
    To follow proper procedure, it would be good if the proposers would withdraw this proposal and work with the facilitators regarding how the roleplaying can be accommodated in the agenda.
  • Scott Laugenour
    commented 2013-10-01 21:06:01 -0400
    We (Joyce and I) are intending to place this activity on the draft agenda that will be posted on Oct 6. Please use this comments field to let us know if you agree or disagree about using State Committee meeting time on this. As stated last week we treated this item as an agenda item request rather than the sort of policy proposal that would go through vetting and ranking and the consensus decision-making process.
  • Frank Jackson
    commented 2013-10-01 20:51:54 -0400
    Do we have to have a proposal and discuss when to place this on the agenda? or could can it be placed on the agenda by our co-facilitators?
  • Scott Laugenour
    commented 2013-09-29 14:47:02 -0400
    I really like the idea of this exercise and the idea of continuing what was started in Sturbridge. It gives our party leaders practice in reaching out to the public-at-large to solicit new membership. A logical extension of this ‘membership’ role play is a ‘candidate’ role play – giving us practice in asking people to run for office under our party line. Perhaps both kinds of role playing could be practice in Holyoke followed by some real field activity.
  • Scott Laugenour
    commented 2013-09-23 15:47:47 -0400
    The facilitators of the meeting are treating this item as an agenda suggestion and not as a policy or by-law proposal. It will not be subject to the usual vetting and ranking.
  • Brian Cady
    published this page in 2013 Fall Meeting Proposals 2013-09-19 10:09:16 -0400