Tips to Find New Members

Know Your Ideal Member
It’s important to consider the qualities you most want in a fellow group member. Our readers tell us that the best members are:

  • Committed to taking action
  • Excited about making changes
  • Good listeners
  • Open minded

Be sure to listen for these qualities when interviewing potential new members.

Finding Members
Besides listing your group on our site (the easiest way to find new members) there are a number of other things you can do. Here are 4 examples:

  1. Create a flyer. Be sure to include tear-tabs at the bottom of your flyer with your contact info and groups.cherylrichardson.com, so people leave with all the info they need, not your flyer!
    arrow_01 Download a sample flyer – Word format, PDF format
  2. Send an invitation. Invite friends, colleagues, family members or acquaintances to an informal evening discussion so you can talk about the idea of forming a group and determine the level of interest.
    arrow_01 Download a sample invitation  – Word format, PDF format
  3. Have a friend ask a friend. One of the quickest ways to get a group going is to invite one or two friends and ask them to bring along a friend.
  4. Start a book study group at your local bookstore. Some bookstores require permission from an author to hold book study groups in their stores. You have my full permission to do so. Please do not imply that I have trained you in any way. Feel free to print this permission statement and bring it to your local bookstore!

Post Your Flyer
Here are some places you can post your flyer:

  • Library
  • Church
  • Senior citizen centers
  • Women’s centers
  • YWCA/YMCA
  • Community service centers
  • Hospitals, HMO’s, Health centers
  • Health food stores
  • Yoga centers
  • Bookstores
  • Health Clubs
  • Community Colleges and Universities
  • Local spas
  • Recreation Centers
  • Bulletin boards at grocery stores
  • Hair/Nail Salons
  • Lunch/break rooms at work
  • Cafeterias
  • Daycare centers
  • Children’s school
  • Massage centers

Some of these places may even allow you to use their space for meetings. Be creative! For example, if you start a group for moms, see if you can use space in a church that has a room for kids. Share the cost of hiring a babysitter. Or, you might even check out a local health club that provides childcare. One reader found a health club that was happy to offer space and a babysitter!