I was surprised, but happy. Start up voluntary communities can – eventually – produce big results, when members work together.
Let me explain.
18 months ago I joined a continuing professional development (CPD) network for coaches. 12 months ago I decided to volunteer my skills and become one of the network’s co-organisers.
Since then I’ve hosted a number of CPD events. I’ve learned a lot from each session. That’s good, as I have been able to add value to the next session with what I learned from the last one (and try out new approaches like video). The people in front of me have been the beneficiaries.
How Do You Measure The Benefit Of Your Actions?
I am pleased to have played a part in improving the group’s outputs. The proof that volunteering to help CPD (or anything else) benefits others?
- The group’s reputation as a CPD hub has risen in line with its visibility (100+ hard earned Facebook Likes and growing).
- Collaboration between group members means their joint efforts produce better results for their clients.
- Knowledge is shared between members who aren’t yet at the stage of collaborating.
- New and well established members have an equal chance to contribute to group discussions, pursue future learning goals and put smiles on clients’ faces.
How Do You Volunteer And What Are The Benefits Of Spending Your Free Time Serving Others?
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Want To Know More About The Benefits CPD?
Here is a link to the CPD group I co-organise, along with talented leaders @CliveMaxheath and @rjIvanov. You can get an idea of our agenda and more detail about the vision behind the headline by checking the group out http://www.meetup.com/Practical-and-Business-Skills-for-CoachPreneurs/
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