Tip: Simple inexpensive effective appreciation of your volunteers

HHMI appreciation posterHere’s a great low-cost way to provide powerful personal feedback in permanent form to meeting volunteers and staff that complements giving them public appreciations during the event. Event planning committee members and I were the delighted recipients during a recent national peer conference for medical research lab managers.

Simply print copies of your event’s marketing poster, logo, or website main page on white poster stock (see illustration above). Post one copy for each person to be appreciated, matched with a name card, on noticeboards or tables located in a prominent spot in your venue, and provide some pens nearby. Then, publicize the posters a few times throughout the event and ask attendees to write appreciations for the people posted.

You can see the heart-warming poster I received above.

At the end of the meeting, remind recipients to pick up their poster before they go!

One more suggestion. Supply cardboard tubes so that recipients can bring their poster safely home. As you can see, mine got a little wrinkled in my suitcase—but I’ll treasure it nevertheless!