Just Say Yes or No!
August 14, 2012 12:55 PM Subscribe
What's the best way to ask people to do what they say they will do and to answer emails?
posted by Fairchild to human relations (37 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
I am going to be president of PTA next year. First time on PTA, first time President. Although, I have volunteered at the school over the years and have served on School Advisory Counsel.
In the summer we had two meetings. They went fine but the secretary did not have minutes for the next meeting. On the first meeting I gave her a handout that explained the duties for secretary. I also directed her to tutorials and websites to learn the duties of the secretary. I send out emails to board members. Sometimes they never reply to my emails. I send out emails to ask for volunteers and they (most) do not respond. These are to people who are on the board. Our VP volunteered to call catering companies to collect quotes for a breakfast to welcome back teachers and staff and she never called any of them. I had to once I realized it wasn't going to get done.
I want to say: If you are not going to respond to emails or tell me yes or no, why did you join PTA? Obviously I cannot state it this way? What can I say to convey that I need an answer and I need you to respond! Also, any advice on how to not rip my hair out or get burned out this year.
I am going to recruit like mad once school starts and hopefully I will get some less flaky parents on board but right now, it's rough. Our treasurer is very competent but she is a teacher and I cannot expect her to help out. I need responsible, willing parents. My emails are always professional and nice. What am I doing wrong?
Thanks for any tips or advice.