The Guild Leader Episode #15
The never ending recruiting saga.
Of all the questions I get asked I get more than anything is in the realm of recruiting and how to recruit. So I figured I better do another episode on recruiting.
A guild leader needs members to have a guild!
I understand recruiting can be a big pain in the butt, but it all comes down to the way you think. Today we’ll show you a surefire method to help with your recruiting goals. It doesn’t matter if you do it or you delegate to one of your members to recruit.
Recruiting it’s a frame of mind.
As the guild leader you need to make clear to all your recruiting team that this is a must while recruiting. To recruit you need to be in a friendly and cheerful mood if not why anyone would want to join your group.
Yeah I know you say what do I have to be happy about? If you had a bad day and you don’t feel like it don’t recruit or fake it! You’re much better off not recruiting that day.
Life is tough we play games to forget real life for a bit. If we display a cranky bad attitude you will either attract the wrong people or nobody at all. Yeah some people role play this sort of thing but it has to be known that that character is in role play mode to new recruits.
When you go out to recruit have a positive and likeable attitude that shows off what you have to offer from the guild. Maybe scribble down some note to help you along. You’re not selling a used a car you selling the best companionship there is to offer.
As the guild leader you need to display a positive attitude! Positive attitudes are infectious. This can lead to having a whole group of positive charged go getters and it usually does!
Think of it like this if you have a bad or negative attitude do you think you do your best work then? Most people when they angry, upset, or have a negative vibe rarely or never can compete at full potential.
So don’t recruit unless you at 100% or you might not have the success you want in the recruits you get, if you even get any.
Trial and error.
As a guild leader that has tried just about everything in recruiting,I can sit here all day and tell you what has worked for me, but I doubt it will work for you the same way. So you might have to try several recruiting techniques before the fish really start biting.
I have seen some guild guaranteeing that they will level up a new player 10 levels the first week. I never used something like this because you don’t if a player has the time to level up with the guild.
One of the best things that we did that worked really great was having “Newbie Starter Kits”. These were mostly packs that a lot of the stuff needed to progress as a crafter or to level up your class. By giving these we doubled our guild in a matter of weeks with little or no turnover from these players. Will it work again who knows?
The recruit retention holy grail!
Once you have someone to join the guild you need to keep them there, so what makes them happy? If you have good people that you screened in the beginning of the guild you should already have this on hand.
What works best is to have knowledgeable players on all the times to help at the drop of a hat. Having people that can answer questions and make a difference for your new people.
Hopefully this help you fellow guild leaders out there, cya next time.
“The Guild Leader” is a weekly series by Beer and Joysticks .com and written by Chris Gillis covering all aspects of being a better guild leader. If you have any questions or comments we welcome them below this article.