Joining a club can be so nerve-wracking for some people that talking to other people can seem nearly impossible. Now imagine starting your very own club and trying to get your new members to interact with one another. What can you do if your club isn’t quite as active as you would like it to be? Here’s some things you can try out:
Create a Central Online Hub
When it comes to making new friends, there’s nothing quite like building that relationship in person. Unfortunately, people’s schedules don’t always match up. Thus, it can be hard to make those in-person meetings happen. However, that doesn’t mean that you have to give up communicating with each other at all. You can still encourage your members to make meaningful connections with others by starting a group for your club using a mobile community app.
Whichever app you choose, just make sure that it’s easy for anybody to log in and catch up with the rest of the group. This is also a great way to disseminate important information to the entire club. This could include updates on your club’s field of interest as well as announcements about upcoming club activities, too.
Learn How to Moderate Discussions
It can be heartening to hold round-table discussions with people you consider your peers, only to find that nobody really threw in their two cents at all. There could be a number of reasons why some members are afraid to pitch in. Some people worry about saying something embarrassing in front of others. Some are simply content to take in what everybody else is saying. Regardless of what type of members you’re dealing with, the best thing you can do is to foster a warm and welcoming environment for all.
You’ll also need to ensure that your members feel comfortable participating in such discussions. Thus, you’ll need to set some ground rules in order to keep things from ever getting out of hand. It’ll be your responsibility to moderate everything that goes on in your club, so make sure you can dedicate enough time to this endeavor. If you find yourself overwhelmed by these tasks, try asking if any of your other members would be willing to assist you. By creating a safe space where members can participate without fear of being disrespected or attacked, you’ll slowly build a solid, tight-knit group of enthusiasts.
Hold Fun and Creative Group Activities
Besides holding discussions, you can encourage people to participate by organizing some fun activities related to your club’s specific field of interest.
Perhaps you can start a small contest and encourage people to create posters, stories, videos, or even original songs. You can give out simple prizes such as pieces of merchandise that any fan would love to own. Should you be on a tight budget, you could encourage your members to pool together a small fund for group activities. You could also suggest activities wherein your club members could collaborate with each other. For example, if you’re in charge of an art club, you could ask members to partner up with each other. One person could come up with the outlines of a piece, while the other person can color in the lines. You can even organize field trips to take your club outside of the usual meeting places.
Clubs make for great opportunities to meet new friends and build deeper connections, but it’s all for nothing if nobody tries to participate at all. These are just a few ways you can try to nudge your members into engaging more fully with the group. While it may take some time before everybody settles in, with enough perseverance, you’ll soon find yourself with a lively club in no time.