Tips for Tabling
Grab their attention & keep it!
Accomplish your goals
However, it definitely involves some planning ahead of time and follow-up afterwards. Check out the tips below!
Practice your elevator speech
Prepare a 60-second explanation
Have each person tabling rehearse this "elevator speech" in order to provide interested passers-by with a consistent message.
Remember! People join people. If you craft your elevator speech so it sounds like your personal story, interested students are more likely to feel a connection, to imagine themselves having a similar experience, and to join your group!
Make an enormous poster
That succinctly explains
Make a professional, visually interesting display at your table
You want your table to call out
to the random person and say, "Come here!" not, "We just pulled this together five minutes ago." Things to consider for your table's display:
- Information about your organization. What are you about?
- Information on your meetings and events.
- Sign-up sheets
- Brochures or business cards with your organization's contact and meeting information.
- Flyers promoting your first meeting or event or maybe an events calendar
- Scrapbook or small table display with (appropriate) photos
- Trophies, awards, or other relevant props/visuals
Try something new for the Spring Student Organization Fair: Thinking along the lines of tabling at Spring Fling, bring a giveaway, create a game or something interactive for interested students to play!
Power in numbers
Have at least two people
Consider how your table appears to others. Are your members crowding around and talking only to one another or does your body language welcome someone to stop by and ask questions?
Don't be afraid
Wrap Things Up
If you utilized a sign-up sheet to collect e-mails,
timely follow up is essential to capitalizing on the interest you gained from tabling. Within 48 hours, contact potential new members to do the following:
- Thank them for stopping by the table
- Ask if they have any questions
- Personally invite them to your next meeting
- Invite them to become a member of your organization on Owl Connect. Instructions on adding new members are outlined in the Student Leader User Guide.
Most importantly, Have fun!
Student Org Week is an awesome way to jump-start the year by introducing the campus community to the value of involvement in student orgs. I'm excited to see you at the events throughout the week!
Adapted from Effective Recruitment Through Tabling, The Center for Leadership and Service, Cleveland State University