How to Motivate Your Student Leadership Team in 5 Minutes or Less

Posted on December 18, 2015

Can you imagine completely charging your smartphone in as little as 5 minutes? Sound impossible? StoreDot has already developed this kind of technology!

In the same way, can you imagine recharging your student leadership team in as little as 5 minutes? Sound impossible? Here are three “technologies” available to you as a CTSO, 4-H, Student Council, or Key Club advisor that will give your state officers and student leaders a positive boost in five minutes or less.

Motivate Your Student Leadership Team in 5 Minutes or Less

1. RECONNECT to the Bigger Picture. It’s hard for any leader, even energetic student leaders, to stay motivated in the midst of mundane, day-to-day leadership activities. That’s why they need to regularly reconnect with your organization’s bigger purpose. In other words, they need to relate “what” they are doing with “why” they are doing it.

  • 5-Minute Action You Can Take: Every time you talk with student leaders, whether it’s one-on-one or in a group setting, take five minutes to make sure they understand the association between what they are doing and the purpose of your organization. Don’t assume they understand; help them bridge the gap.

2. REMEMBER Wins. This is one of the easiest and best ways to keep student leaders motivated. When they win…celebrate! And do more than the token shout out, make it a BIG deal. Why? Because it is a BIG deal!

  • 5-Minute Action You Can Take: Purchase a box filled with noisemakers and pass them out at the beginning of your next meeting. Ask students to share leadership wins from the past month. As they share, lead your team in making some noise and celebrating like crazy! Afterward, go the extra mile and send handwritten notes to students who shared their wins to let them know how proud you are of them.

3. REJOICE in Rejection. If you’ve worked with student leaders for longer than a nanosecond, you know they hear their fair share of no’s. “No” to meeting invitations. “No” to their ideas. Even “no” to moving on to the next level of competitive events.  Have you stopped to consider that you’ve learned a few things about hearing “no” that most students don’t understand yet? For instance, within every “no” there are clues that can move leaders closer to a “yes” next time. Can you imagine the growth your student leaders will experience if they learn this one lesson?!

  • 5-Minute Action You Can Take: This action is counterintuitive and will take some guts on your part. Announce that you are holding a contest to see which student leader can hear the most no’s to an invitation to your next event. Make the reward for winning the contest big, like a $50 gift certificate. What you’ll discover through this little experiment is that the person who wins the reward for the most rejections will likely also win the reward for the most people attending with him or her.

“Great energy. Excellent content. Super storyteller! If you want to work with a true professional that is passionate about students and easy to work with, hire Kent Julian. Our students absolutely loved him!

Mark Burch, State Advisor
Oklahoma BPA

“Part stand-up comedian. Part dynamic story-teller. Totally-incredible motivational speaker. Kent Julian is the master of inviting his audience on a journey of laughter, encouragement, intensity, and inspiration while communicating clearly that each of us can be 100% responsible for our success in both life and leadership by living E+R=O!”

Lisa Firestone, State Officer Coordinator
SkillsUSA Indiana

“Kent’s energy, enthusiasm, and positive message… it was all so well done. His E+R=O message really hit home with students and teachers have been referencing it for weeks now. Teachers across the board said that he was the best speaker we’ve ever had at Carson.

Erin Crimone, Assistant Principal
Carson High School

Kent is FABULOUS to work with and goes above and beyond expectations! Our students loved him and clearly understood how they can use his E+R=O to succeed in life. He is amazing!

Angela Sweep, State Adviser
Wyoming FCCLA

“We received nothing but positive comments about Kent’s opening and closing keynotes at our State Conference! He is a master at reading his audience, authentically connecting with them, interjecting humor even in the most serious moments, and keeping everyone engaged from start to finished. We’ll definitely rebook him!”

Andrea Vail, Executive Director
Virginia Association of Student Councils

Kids loved him! Easy to work with!! There is nothing I would change. Kent was awesome. Call me if you have any questions.

Sarah Emery, State Director
VT FBLA

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