Julie Peterson Klein is TEDxFargo’s Chief Culture Officer. For TEDxFargo 2015, Klein organized a comprehensive program for over 200 TEDxFargo volunteers, making sure that before the event they could meet, get comfortable with one another and learn the ropes of TEDx, and — after the event — celebrate their hard work.
“I believe all across the world that every single person wants to be appreciated, cared for and know that what they do is important,” Klein told TEDx, “[and] we work very hard to make sure our volunteers feel the same … To inspire the volunteers of TEDxFargo and help them to understand the impact it is making on the community was so rewarding.
How did the program work? “Volunteers were offered a training session prior to the day so they felt comfortable,” Klein says. “Following the event we coordinated a volunteer after-party to keep the momentum of the day going and left them with an opportunity to ‘Pay It Forward’ with a small gift of $20 to make a difference in someone’s life.”
We asked Klein what advice she would give to other TEDx events looking to create a positive volunteer culture at their event. She provided these five tips:
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