Have a passion and zeal for the society you are starting
When starting a society, you must have a clear goal on what you’re trying to achieve and make sure you set realistic goals because there isn’t anything worse than finishing the year and not meeting your goals because you were being too optimistic.
Find a dedicated committee
A key aspect of a strong society is a dedicated committee that will not only do their part in their respective roles, but also have the ability to support the society in other aspects as well. Teamwork is very important when working in a society, although one committee member can be given a personal task, keeping other members up to date is important in case their help is needed.
Delegate tasks adhering to committee’s strength
Delegating tasks to your committee would help you out in the long run, by delegating tasks the committee will be able to complete them in a timely fashion and to a high standard than if one committee member was to complete these tasks themselves.
Brainstorm ideas before Academic year starts
Prepare yourself for the busy start of the year by making sure that before term starts, you have fresher’s week because it will be very hectic! By having your plan of action ready the week would go smoothly for your society.
Know your budget
Budgeting should be a top priority for you and your society because keeping on top of your finances is very important because you don’t want to get half way through the second term and realise you don’t have sufficient funds for a end of year social.
Know your audience
By knowing your audience, you can tailor your approach in attracting the members you need in your society for it to be successful. Something to keep in mind is that it’s always better to have fewer members who share your passion and religiously attend your events and you can build a relationship with them than have a lot of members who don’t really come to your societies events.
Something to keep in mind is that other societies are not the competition! Your society can benefit greatly by working with other societies such as for fundraising for a common cause.
Creating social media pages before the society has started
By having an active social media platform prior to the start of the year and actively posting, you will be able to garner prior attention for your society and you’ll be able to start the new year. But better.
Set up collaborations with other societies
By combining two societies for events you will have a larger basket of resources to utilise to create the best experience for members of both societies.
The most important thing to remember when running a society is that you have to enjoy yourself! Remember the real reason as to why you started it and at the end of the day, societal activities are supposed to be fun!
The FXU Model United Nations is a society which simulates the actual United Nations’ processes and debates to give students an opportunity to learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations. Unlike a normal debating-type society, the Model United Nations involves students debating as if they were a country within the United Nations against other students who are acting out the same.
To get involved, all you must do is follow our Facebook page to keep up to date with our monthly events and then come along to one of our regular ‘mock’ conferences, in which we will tell you the topic beforehand, giving you a chance to research a bit around it, and then debate following the position papers from your designated country detailing your country’s position and policies.
That’s why it’s best to like our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/FXUMUN so you don’t miss out on our conferences. If you want to subscribe to our mailing list to be notified of opportunities and trips that we are offering, make sure to message our Facebook page with your email address and to buy membership at the FXU website: https://www.fxu.org.uk/organisation/10000/