Our favorite tip is about recognizing everybody. Ellis suggests that in addition to/or in place of the formal recognition process, you act as if everyone present deserves some thanks. Ask the audience questions that a lot of people will qualify to answer, and that they can answer just by standing up and then receiving applause. Here are some sample questions that would work:
- Who fills more than one assignment here as a volunteer?
- Who has applied something they learned at orientation?
- Who has hunted more than 15 minutes for a parking spot?
- Who has met the Executive Director before tonight?
- Who is working at a paying job?
- Who recruited a friend or relative to become a volunteer here?
- Who speaks more than one language?
Ellis says that these questions are like an instant poll, and by the time people rise several times, they will feel very included.