Outreach Roleplay: Preparing to Invite New Members into our party - Membership Breakout Agenda Item


Title: Preparing to Invite New Members into our party: July 2013 GRP StateCom, Membership Breakout Agenda Item


Shepard: Brian Cady [email protected], Co-sponsor: Michael Heichman


To be vetted by Membership, Adcom


Background: We've as a group advocated members recruit new members more than once, but have most of us done this? Why not? What happens when we do reach out? What works well? What are we likely to have to deal with?

Perhaps we're a little uneasy as individuals with the task we've set before us as a group. Let's familiarize ourselves with it through watching, then 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.



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



I'll introduce this. - 4 minutes

Two of us will act out, first, approaching an easy prospect, then a 'difficult' one. – 7 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. – 7 minutes


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


Budgetary Impact: none.
Time: 30 minutes



Implementation: To occur within the Membership break-out group of the GRP StateComm meeting on July 13th.

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 and plan further.


Brian Cady


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  • John Andrews
    commented 2013-07-07 17:00:48 -0400
    Since proposals are not considered until after the agenda is adopted, it doesn’t make sense to submit a change to the agenda as a proposal. If plenary time is desired, it should either be worked out with the co-facilitators/co-chairs ahead of time or else raised when we adopt the agenda at the beginning of the meeting. A break-out session can always be scheduled in parallel with other breakout sessions.
  • Brian Cady
    commented 2013-06-30 17:36:48 -0400
    Short Title: Outreach roleplay
  • Brian Cady
    published this page in 2013 Summer Statecom Proposals 2013-06-27 11:09:56 -0400