If you’re not sure how to start getting others on board with using Quest of the Keys in your school, use these suggestions and our downloadable worksheet to plan your strategy.
Start with reasons why you want Quest of the Keys for your students
Write down at least 3 reasons why you think Quest of the Keys is a good fit for your school and students.
Think about why you think Quest of the Keys is a good option for your students and answer these questions to brainstorm:
- What are some specific problems you have had with your students that could be addressed using a character education curriculum?
- What is your desired outcome from using Quest of the Keys?
- What potential benefits do you see for your students and teachers from using a character education curriculum?
- What are specific outcomes that Quest of the Keys could have for your students?
Write your elevator pitch
Next, it’s time to write your elevator pitch. An elevator pitch is a 30-60 second description of your idea and why someone should join you.
Use your answers from step 1 to create a clear, concise argument for why should join your team. Concentrate on what the person you are talking to will get out of it. For example, reduction in behavioral issues in the classroom.
Your elevator pitch should:
- Clear and concise. When written down, your elevator pitch should be no more than 3 paragraphs. Remember that in this stage, you’re just getting across the basic idea and important points. Save longer conversations and details for later.
- Tell a story. Human brains are designed to make sense of and organize what we encounter. If it helps, think of your pitch as having a beginning, middle and end. The beginning of your story is the current problems your school faces, the middle is the introduction of the solution (character education and Quest of the Keys) and the end is the benefits that everyone will receive.
- Targeted. Your pitch should be targeted. You might want to switch it up a bit, depending on who you’re talking to, for example an administrator vs. a parent.
- Goal oriented. Write your elevator pitch with an end goal in mind. Think about what you would like the people you approach to do once you make your pitch.
- Have a hook. Think about what will get people excited about your idea and talk about it.
If you’re clear on what your goal is, it will be much easier to get others on board with your idea.
Identify potential early adopters
With any big change, you’ll always have Early Adopters. These are people who are ready to get on board with a new idea right from the start and help convince others that this new idea is a good one.
Consider who these people might be for you. Use the downloadable worksheet to write down at least 5 people to approach as Early Adopters and help you make your case.
When you’re thinking about who to approach, write down WHY you think they will be interested in the idea. Having this in mind when you talk with them will help you to communicate your idea more effectively in a way that will appeal to them.
As you identify your potential early adopters, consider who they might influence as well.
Build your team
As you approach others with your idea and start building your team, begin delegating tasks to others. For example:
- Do you need someone to represent your group with the administration or PTA?
- Who will help you organize your fundraising efforts?
- Does someone have connections that could be helpful in finding corporate sponsors?
Create a list of possible tasks and start assigning them to your Early Adopters. Think of this as a roadmap for implementation. The more developed your idea is the easier it will be for others to share in your vision and get on board.
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