Effective communication is the cornerstone of any successful recruitment. However, true communication can only occur in an inclusive environment where all voices are heard and valued.

Inclusivity is about creating a sense of belonging and safety for all individuals, regardless of their backgrounds or differences. By fostering an inclusive environment, sisters can create an atmosphere where all potential new members feel comfortable expressing themselves, sharing their ideas, and working towards common goals. 

In this way, inclusivity can lead to more open and productive communication, ultimately contributing to the success of your chapter’s recruitment.

Here are ten tips for fostering inclusivity and nurturing meaningful conversations during your recruitment events:

Be yourself

You are uniquely you. Share your own experiences and stories to help build a connection.

Be present

Stay in the moment and avoid interrupting or changing the subject too quickly. Give the other person time to express their thoughts fully.

Be respectful

Respect the other person’s opinions, beliefs, and feelings, even if you disagree. Avoid interrupting or belittling them and try to find common ground where possible.

Listen actively

Pay attention to what the other person is saying, ask clarifying questions, and show that you are engaged in the conversation.

Show interest

Show genuine interest in the person you are speaking with. Ask open-ended questions to encourage the person to share their thoughts and feelings. Avoid asking yes or no questions, as they can limit conversation.

Be aware of your body language

Use positive body language, such as smiling, maintaining eye contact, and be sure to face the person you are speaking with.

Avoid distractions

Put away your phone, shut your computer, and minimize other distractions to show that you value the conversation. Choose a quiet space to converse if possible.

Share your own experiences

Share your own thoughts and experiences to build a deeper connection with the other person and show that you are interested in the conversation.

Be mindful

Be respectful and avoid controversial topics or comments. Keep track of the time and make sure you are staying on schedule.

Follow up

Follow up with the person after the conversation to continue building the relationship. Try to remember something you talked about and include a note about it in your follow-up or during the next conversation.

I wish all our chapters a successful recruitment season and hope that with these tips, you’re able to foster a strong sense of community and fellowship among current and prospective members.

Samantha Gillies
Samantha Gillies

Vice President of Lifetime Membership

Samantha Gillies serves as Vice President of Lifetime Membership. Samantha was founding president of Alpha Nu Chapter at Texas State University and has previously served nationally as merchandise coordinator and a convention volunteer.