It’s that time of year again when exams are fast approaching, the summer holidays are in sight and AGMs are popping up for every society on campus.
If you’re not familiar with the concept, an AGM (Annual General Meeting) is where a society will decide which students are on their committee for the next year. Any student interested in a committee position needs to attend the AGM and make a short pitch about why they would be perfect for the role. The audience watching the pitches will then vote for who they think is best for each role. RAG societies will typically have between 10-15 positions available on their committee, so there’s plenty to pick from.
We’ve put together our top tips for nailing your AGM pitch, so that you can get the RAG role you’re after.
Research the role
Being prepared for your pitch is key to success at an AGM. There will be details about each role on the society’s blog or Facebook page. Make sure you read through all of the information available about the role you’re going for. For extra points, try and speak to the person doing the role at the moment and see what you can learn from them.
Bring new ideas to the team
Give a clear overview of what you would achieve in the role and how you could contribute to the RAG’s fundraising target. Suggesting new ideas, like using GoRaise for a free fundraising boost, will make your pitch stand out against the other people running.
AGMs can be daunting if you’ve never gone to one before. Try to be confident when you speak to the room and get your ideas across in an interesting but concise way. Feel free to bring a few friends along if you’d like their support – they’ll also be able to vote for you too.
Have a backup plan
If there’s lots of competition to get one role, you might need to have a backup plan ready. Think of a few other roles you would also enjoy doing. These can be your second or third options if you don’t get your first choice.
Show your enthusiasm for the society
Most importantly, the society needs to be sure that you’re enthusiastic about joining them. You can start proving this even before the AGM itself. Have you volunteered for RAG before? Have you been to any of their events? Most people will get involved with RAG for at least a few months before successfully running for the committee.
Good luck with nailing your AGM pitch and getting the RAG committee position you want!
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