Whether you’re volunteering for a professional society like ASTD or a church, you’ve got to know ahead of time what you’re committing to, you’ve got to have a DTR (define the relationship) talk. Are you going steady (are you completely dedicated and volunteering for one organization), or do you have to split your time between projects? How much time per day/week/month are you able to give? What meetings/rehearsals are you expected to attend? What happens if you can’t meet the deadlines you’re given?
As I’ve said before, we’re in the middle of transition, we’re picking up responsbilities in multiple areas at our church, in addition to the opportunity to serve on the local board of an ASTD (American Society for Training and Development) Chapter and Co-Chair the Technology committe for a SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) conference.
With each committment, we’ve asked about the time required, the resources available, and the vision behind what we’re doing? Are you good at asking DTR questions, or do you get run over when you volunteer?