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Motivation Tips to Consider During New Student Orientation Event Planning

It’s the home stretch! It’s been a long year and you are most likely pretty wiped out. That nice, relaxing summer cannot arrive fast enough. “Yes, And…” it’s still important for you and your awesome student leaders to stay motivated! Even as we near the finish line.

According to Psychology Today, “Motivation is literally the desire to do things. It's the difference between waking up before dawn to pound the pavement and lazing around the house all day. It's the crucial element in setting and attaining goals—and research shows you can influence your own levels of motivation and self-control. So figure out what you want, power through the pain period, and start being who you want to be.”

Sure. Sounds easy, right? Let’s get real, it takes consistent effort. Not only on your part, but for your Link Leaders and WEB Leaders, too. How do we find the motivation that was so present at the new student orientation and carry it all the way to the finish?

Well, we’ve got some thoughts for you. We know you’re swamped, so we’ve done a little bit of research and pulled together a great list of what motivates people, with some help from Pick the Brain. Turns out, we need to consider motivation, not just during an event or an activity, but from the initial planning stages too. The way you plan an event is just as important as how you implement it.

So, the next time you sit down to zone in on planning, whether it be strategizing about peer mentoring as the year closes, thinking ahead to next year’s new student orientation, or even designing some Link and WEB leadership development and training activities, keep this list of how to infuse motivation throughout. In fact, hold on to this list for next year and refer to it as you develop the components of next year’s Link Crew or WEB Program:

1.    “Detailed instructions– If you want a specific result, give specific instructions. People work better when they know exactly what’s expected.”

”Short and long term goals– Use both short and long term goals to guide the action process and create an overall philosophy.”

3.    “Kindness” – Acting with kindness inspires a desire to help.

4.    “Team spirit– Create an environment of camaraderie” among the student leaders. “People work more effectively when they feel like part of team — they don’t want to let others down.”

5.    “Recognize achievement– Make a point to recognize achievements one-on-one and also in group settings. People like to see that their work isn’t being ignored.”

6.    “Concentrate on outcomes.” - Think the 5 questions.

7.    “Trust and respect– Give people the trust and respect they deserve.”

8.    “Create challenges– People are happy when they’re progressing towards a goal. Give them the opportunity to face new and difficult problems and they’ll be more enthusiastic.”

9.    “Let people be creative–Allowing people to be creative creates a more optimistic environment and can lead to awesome new ideas.”

10.“Demand improvement– Don’t let people stagnate. Each time someone advances raise the bar a little higher (especially for yourself).” Might we suggest reading up on ‘How to Get After It (Even When Complacency is Rampant)

11.“Make it fun– Let people have fun and the positive environment will lead to better results.”

12.“Communication– Keep the communication channels open. By being aware of potential problems you can fix them before a serious dispute arises.”

13. “Create opportunities– Give people the opportunity to advance. Let them know that hard work will pay off.” Those who once attended a WEB or Link Crew new student orientation may find themselves in the role of WEB or Link Crew Leader one day with the right guidance and motivation!

14. “Deadlines”– Many people are most productive right before a big deadline. They also have a hard time focusing until that deadline is looming overhead. Use this to your advantage by setting up a series of mini-deadlines building up to an end result.

Got anything you’d like to add to this list? We’d love to hear from you! What motivation tips and tactics would you suggest? Share with us your stories of either being successfully motivated, or having successfully motivated another. We’re all ears!

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