Today's post is part of my blog series of sharing chapter four of my book, A Day of Hope: Leading Volunteers to Make a Difference in Your Community. I hope you find reading the book over the next couple weeks to be enjoyable and beneficial to you as a leader.
Today's section is how to share your vision. This is an exciting topic to talk about as a leader. Enjoy!
SHARE YOUR VISION
Sharing vision is one of my favorite parts of A Day of Hope. It’s when you get to say to someone or a group of people, “I’m passionate about something, this is why, and this is what we hope to do.” It’s about telling people your goal is to feed 100 families and telling them how you hope to get there.
Sharing vision is how you will attract support and help. If you can effectively share vision, you’ll start to receive help without having to ask for it. We’ve received countless donations and volunteers because I told them what we were doing for A Day of Hope and before I knew it they were writing a check or showing up at one of our volunteer events to help.
I have two tips that will allow you to convey your vision to people in a way that will make it easy and desirable for them to join in.
- Keep it short – A big vision doesn’t necessarily mean a long vision. Keep your vision short and simple. Learn to say it in one sentence. My vision for A Day of Hope is: “To give hope and encouragement to families in need for Thanksgiving.” That one sentence of eleven words summarizes all the work we have done over five years. Keeping your vision short will keep the attention of the person listening. Go too long in describing your vision and you’ll loose the person’s interest.
- Be Passionate – This is one that I can do a little better job of myself. I’m a pretty easy going guy who doesn’t get too excited over many things. When you’re working on something, people can tell if you’re doing the work because you want to, or because you have to. Being passionate has very little to do with what you say. Research has shown communication consists of only 7 percent of what we say to someone. 55 percent of the message being communicated is through body language, and 38 percent is through the tone of voice we use (also known as voice inflection). Passion isn’t about what you say; it’s about how you say it. And how you say it is dependent on how you feel. Eleanor Doan was quoted saying, “You cannot kindle a fire in any other heart until it’s burning within your own.” If you’re passionate about doing this project called A Day of Hope (or whatever you call it in your community), people will know it and they’ll enjoy listening to you share your vision.
I’d be willing to contest that your vision and passion are the two most important elements in helping to put together a team. Passion determines if people are attracted to what you’re doing. And vision determines the size of the people who will be attracted to join your team.
When people see that you’re really passionate and that you want to make a difference, they will naturally be attracted to you. People are magically attracted to leaders with a vision they’re passionate about. Big visions attract big people. Small visions attract small people. The bigger the vision you have, the bigger the people who will be attracted to you. When you share your vision, don’t be afraid. Don’t hold back. When you share your vision, let it loose. Let it run free. Allow yourself to dream in front of others by painting them a picture of your vision.
Because the bigger your vision is, the bigger and more capable the people will be who are attracted to it.
Question: How do you share your vision?