Getting Organised: Know what skills you have
Knowing the different strengths, experience and skills that you have and that your team has, will help you plan what to do, and make you more likely to succeed.
You have the skills you need
The skills you use to manage everyday life - like looking after someone, dealing with public services, sorting activities for kids, dealing with neighbours and work colleagues, or managing a household budget are exactly the skills that are needed to run a successful campaign.
Play to your strengths
If everyone in your team is good at talking to people, but everyone is less confident on social media, work to your strengths and build your plan around meeting people in the “real world”.
If everyone in your team hates talking publicly - you might try an action that lets you communicate without feeling stressed, or, you could do training to build confidence and skills
What are your skills? Look at the list below and “rate” yourself honestly from 1-3. If you struggle, ask someone who knows you to give you some help.
- I'm a practical hands on person
- I'm a planner, organised and into details
- I'm confident, I can talk to anyone
- I'm persuasive - I can get people to do things
- I'm connected, I know a lot of people
- I'm a thinker - I can work through problems
- I'm good at supporting the people around me
- I'm creative and have lots of ideas
- I'm trustworthy, reliable, dedicated
- I know a lot about 'our issue'
- I know a lot about campaigning
- I see whats going well and whats not
- I'm a good communicator
- I'm determined, I'll help others get things done
- I'm positive, I motivate other people
- I'm a social media whizz
- I'm flexible and calm when things change
- I'm respectful of different ideas and views
- I can bring out the best in people
- I'm good with money - nothing will be wasted
- I'm a performer, entertainer or public speaker
- I'm good at working with technology and computers
- I'm good at handling disagreements
People do best when they work on tasks they like doing. Thinking about the types of jobs above, is there anything you really enjoy doing and anything you would rather never do again?
1) Draw a line through the ones you would rather never do, and put a mark next to the things you’d really like to do
2) Next time you meet up with your group, share the things you are good at and enjoy, the things you are good at but enjoy less, and the things you find difficult / hard to do. This info sharing should help you make better decisions.
3) If you find you have some gaps in important knowledge or skills in the group, you might want to find people who can help you with training or support. Creating a local “resource map” is a good activity to do - not only does it mean you will know who to call, but it means other people will find out about you, your work as you go round. Bonus.