Let everyone contribute to the discussion.
When you're meeting together, it's important that everyone has a chance to speak; try to not cut off anyone.
In addition, it's important to actually hear what your team arise saying. Often, you may be thinking hard about the project and want to jump in with what you have to say. However, in that time you spent thinking, you haven't heard what someone else is saying. Make sure you take time to hear each other out, as otherwise, you'll never be on the same page. If you find your mind drifting on an idea, write a quick note down, then refocus on what other people are saying.
Remember to make eye contact with the person who is speaking and lean in towards him or her. Put away anything that might distract you as well, such as your cell phone or laptop.
You can also try nodding your head while the person is talking to show the person that you are listening.
Avoid interrupting the person while he or she is speaking. Wait until he or she has finished to ask questions or make comments.
Don't shut down ideas.
You may be set on one idea. In fact, you may think it's the only way to work through a situation your team is facing or a problem you're working on. However, you can't just shut down other people's ideas. For one, it will keep them from wanting to speak up later. More importantly, someone may have a better idea if you give it a chance to develop.
Ask questions and seek to understand.
It is important to ensure that you understand what the speaker is trying to express. One way to ensure that you are on the same page as someone else is to ask questions. This may help you to avoid conflicts due to misunderstandings.
Do what you say you're going to do.
Reliability is one of the main components of being a good team member. If you don't follow through with your work, you're dragging the rest of the team down.
Find your niche.
Everyone has something to contribute to a team. You know what you're good at, and you can use that to make the team better. For instance, if you are good at organizing, offer to help oversee the paperwork for the project to help keep it on the right track.
Be willing to do the dirty work.
While you should play to your strengths, you're not always going to be given the prize jobs in group work. No matter what task you're working on together, everyone is going to need to do some of the grunt work. Be willing to dig in and do what needs to be done to finish the project.
Don't criticize a method just to criticize it.
That is, if someone does something a way you wouldn't do it, analyze the situation before you jump in to "fix" it. You may realize that the method they are using is just as effective, even if it's not what you would do in the same situation.
Of course, you're not always going to like everyone you work with, and you certainly aren't required to like them. However, it is important to treat the people in your workplace with respect and professionalism. Throwing fits or getting in arguments with people you don't like is unprofessional and will slow down the team's work significantly.
Realize it's always your job.
When you're not in a team environment, your job description may be fairly well defined. In a team environment, you may need to jump in to help in areas that aren't exactly in your job description because someone else needs the help. Being willing to help out makes the group work more efficiently and builds good will.
If you're excited, you'll get others excited. When you're working together, that excitement can lead to better results, as you're all motivated to do your best on the projects you're working on. On the other hand, if you constantly criticize or talk down about a project, that can be catching, too, and it can bring a project down.
Take time to get to know your team.
Remember that no two people are alike, and that each team player has strengths, weaknesses, likes, and dislikes. Knowing what makes your teammates tick is necessary to develop strong and productive working relationships, where you complement each other rather than work against each other.
TIPS FOR SERVING IN KIDS MINISTRY
Four Ways to Become a Better Volunteer or Leader
- Be available to kids.
- Be relational. You may not be perfect, but kids desire to know you as well as you know them.
- Have a consistent walk with God. Pray and read God’s Word daily.
- Be transparent. Let them see your walk with God. Share your wins and losses with them.
Do’s and Don’ts of Student Ministry
- Don’t try to be their buddy.
- Don’t cross the line.
- Do love kids right where they are.
- Do build strong, lasting relationships with kids.
COUNSELOR/STAFF TRAINING #3