Volunteering For Success

Volunteering is a great way to improve your humor skills and your speaking ability.  You volunteer…you win.

Why volunteer?

Growth.  You receive a big gift when you commit to doing something.  You only grow when you take action and exercise your creative muscles.

Reputation.  You become known as a generous person who contributes to others.

Make A Deposit.  Volunteering for something makes it more likely that someone else will volunteer when you go looking for help.

Support Others.  The cliche is right…it’s better to give than to receive.  What you give comes back to you.

Meaningful relationships.  Through volunteering you connect and work with others.  You get to really know the people around you and they get to know you.  It expands your universe of resources.

Have Fun.  If you do it right, volunteering will open the door to fun times.

Where do you volunteer?

Contests.  Volunteer for every contest.  Ideally volunteer to be a contestant.  It you’re not ready for that, volunteer to be part of the support staff.

Party Planning.  Work groups and clubs are always needing someone to coordinate a party, a roast, or event where people are rewarded and recognized.  For you, it becomes a practice ground to discover what is entertaining.  It’s a chance to work on your humor skills.  This is how I ended up getting into the humor business.  In the 1970’s I was a regular member of my work group’s party planning committee.  I wasn’t funny, but co-committee members, John Ferenz and Harry Poynter, were.  Over a three-year period I learned the foundation of good humor and never looked back.  In the early 1980’s I won three trophies in humor at the Regional level.  In the 1990’s I started a 20 year career as a full-time professional humorist.  And it all started with volunteering to help organize a retirement party in 1976.

Be An Officer.  Your club or civic group is always looking for good officers and committee members.  Volunteering gives you a terrific opportunity to practice your humor while leading a team.  The leadership skills you gain will serve you well in your professional life.

A speaker at the top of my “Most Respected Persons” list is Don Ensch, DTM, Accredited Speaker, Past International Director for Toastmasters International.  Don’s advice is: “Always say YES…and then figure out how you’re going to do it.”  He practices what he preaches.  He is one of the best speakers I know and highly respected by top professionals in the speaking business.

Volunteering is a win-win proposition.  The people you volunteer for win the gift of your expertise.  But mainly you win by becoming a better you.