Your Advisor, Your Resource

Signature Approval

Several club related items require the advisor’s signature approval before they can go into effect. Some examples of club forms that need an advisor’s autograph are the club registration form, the event planning form, and the fundraiser planning form. Know ahead of time when and where your advisor will be available to sign for such items to prevent unnecessary delay in your club plans.

Talk to them

Talking to your advisor has multiple benefits. When you’re dealing with a lot of club conflict or confusion, laying out concerns with your advisor can help you pinpoint what your main issues are and craft a clearer message addressing those issues, which you then present to your club. Do not expect your advisor to solve your club problems. Their guidance can lend you greater tact for handling club disagreements, but you are still the club leader. Sometimes you will need a listening ear more than a piece of advice. Your advisor can serve as a more passive listener under certain settings, too. Whatever role you may wish to see your advisor uphold—club collaborator, advice giver, sympathetic listener—make your wishes clear. Before spilling your thoughts to your club advisor, let them know what type of listener you need at that moment. It’s better to give some warning beforehand rather than to receive unwanted help from your advisor afterwards.

Make a club connection

Staying connected with your advisor gives keeps him or her well informed about the club status. Set regularly scheduled meetings with your advisor to talk about club-related aspects such as programs, budget, and club member interaction.

Find out your advisor’s work style

Does your advisor like to play e-mail ping-pong or does he or she appreciate a call to hear your voice? Does your advisor like to plan things out far in advance or touch base often as a project progresses? Can he or she listen to you once and remember or need written notes? Knowing how your club advisor likes to keep in touch and retain information will ensure that you get things done faster.

Involve your advisor

Welcome your club advisor to club meetings and activities. This will give him or her a first hand account of how your club operates. Once your advisor has seen your club in action, he or she may have a better picture of your club’s intentions and return more well tailored feedback to you. It could also cut down the amount of explaining and recounting you have to do at the next meeting with your advisor. If your advisor cannot make it to the meetings, send him or her an e-mail highlighting the main points of the club’s plans.

When doing any event, extend an invitation to your advisor to show that you would love to see him or her be part of the final outcome of all your club’s effort. After all, your advisor supported your event with their time, advice, thoughts and encouragements. Showing your appreciation lets your advisor see that his or her contributions matter to the club and to you.