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As a member of the guild, you may have thought about how you can maximize your investment of joining the guild. Another way many people describe this thought is “What’s In It For Me.” In this post I want to present five simple reasons why getting involved by volunteering time on a committee is a great way to increase the benefits from your membership investment.
I want to present five simple reasons why getting involved by volunteering time on a committee is a great way to increase the benefits from your membership investment.
Socialize ✹ Working as a member on a committee is a great way to meet other members. Spending time with other members while performing committee work allows more time to get to know the guild members . Many friendships and working relationships are formed by members during committee work. And you can’t have enough friends, right?
Skill Development ✹ By volunteering, you have an opportunity to get exposure to other techniques and skills. In committee work, we sometime are challenged with tasks that we have never done. Working with other members, we are able to learn new skills which can possibly be implemented in your own business. A new skill is a great to add to your tool kit.
Get connected ✹ Working with different members allows you the chance to network with the members. The connections can sometimes be a great help when you need an extra photographer for your team sports shoot. The guild is here to help members achieve a higher level of excellence in all aspects of the photographic industry. By your involvement, you are helping others to raise the bar in our industry.
Build The Community ✹ We, the members, are the guild. And there is always something to be done. Schedule a meeting, organize speakers, and registering new members are just some of the tasks the guild does in an effort to maintain and grow the guild. Helping build and maintain this organization is the responsibility of each of us. If everyone does their share, the work of building our guild is strengthened by our members.
Earn Recognition ✹ To reward your effort for volunteering your time and talents with the guild, you can earn Fellowship points. As an active member, volunteering on committees, participating in the image competition, and presenting an educational offering are but a few ways that members can earn Fellowship points which can lead to an Associate Fellowship and Full Fellowship degrees.
So there you have it. Five easy ways that you can help make a difference in the guild prosperity and gain a return on your membership investment. Some other benefits of volunteering on committees are: it is a great opportunity to learn how the guild works; allows other members to get to know you; and if desired, it is an entryway to serving at a higher capacity in the guild such as a committee chairperson or board member. If you want to get more involved, please contact a committee member, committee chair, or a board member. We can always use a person’s time and talent to further the guild’s goals. And an extra pair of hands is always appreciated!
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On July 20th, PPGH member Nikky LaWell, presented a workshop to our members about refining andoperating your home business. After introducing herself to the group and a round of participant introductions, she discussed shared ideas on how to set up and run your home-based photography studio. There was a great handout (19 pages) that had great resources such as: customer service (what it is); books to read; websites to research; phone script ideas; email communications; process & procedures; sales; Thank Yous; and social media.
She spent a great deal on explaining that you must know who your customer is and ways to identify them as well as how to meet them. She allowed ample time for everyone to ask questions as we learned new topics. The handout was great as it allowed everyone to listen and take notes along the margins!
After lunch we did a tour of Nikky’s office space and she walked us through a sample customer phone call and discussed how she has scripts she has developed to help drive the discussion with a new client so she has captures all she needs to get started in her session planning. She showed us her previous notes that she used for a previous family session client. She drew out the placement of the family members so when she was on location she did not waste time. She had several family poses set up. She also told us some of her more challenging sessions when the weather did not want to cooperate and how she overcame those challenges.
Our day went quickly and everyone was very enthusiastic to apply their new learning. Another great PPGH workshop in the books. Thank you, Nikky!
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