The New Breed in Tweets

10580779_859480480736510_4166228323392133403_oOver the past few months I have been intrigued by what people are tweeting during my keynote speeches on mobilizing the power and passion of a new breed of volunteer (so much so, that I finally jumped on the Twitter bandwagon).

Although I always worry about being quoted out of context, I’ll risk it. See if you can determine the context, understand what each one means, and what it can mean to your organization.

Tweets during my keynote speeches:

  • Passion is our greatest asset and our greatest challenge.
  • Passionate people are a pain.
  • Passion without hope degenerates into cynicism.
  • Our challenge is to mobilize passionate, slacktivist, episodic, empowered, twitch-speed, volunteers.
  • Don’t ask for marriage before a date.
  • Posting for volunteers is not recruiting.
  • Volunteer is not a verb. The new breed of volunteers will not raise their hands.
  • Volunteer is a noun. High capacity professionals need to be asked to be a volunteer.
  • You can’t motivate anyone. Motivation is an inside job.
  • Create a volunteer culture that stimulates the inner motivation of each volunteer.
  • Volunteer management is 20th century. Today we manage stuff and lead people.
  • Unleash volunteer power and passion with empowerment.
  • Some cats got it. Some cats don’t.
  • Generational differences have far more to do with life stage than age.
  • Retention is an outcome, not an activity.

Actually the last statement is a quote from Susan Ellis (and I always give Susan credit for saying that). She made me rethink retention when she wrote Volunteer Retention.

What do all of these tweets mean? What can they mean to you?

I am encouraged because the above tweets express the philosophy and message of our book, “The New Breed, how to recruit, equip and sometimes even fire the 21st century volunteer.” It’s a new world out there in volunteer engagement, and it takes a new breed of leader.

Basically these tweets summarize the words of challenge in my keynote speeches. If you are interested in finding out more about having me address one of your meetings, contact me at or email me at I’d love to develop and deliver a keynote to your organization.

Or another suggestion is to copy this page, hand it out to your leadership team and ask these questions:

  1. What does this statement mean?
  2. What does this mean to us?
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