Re: Telephone Tree
From: Chris ScottHanson (chriscohousingresources.com)
Date: Wed, 7 Jul 2004 22:32:53 -0700 (PDT)
before email...

Don't forget back up and verification. Phone trees are notorious for having unintentional holes where a portion of the list never receives the notice. Do you allow leaving of messages, for instance? Or do you require that the caller actually confirm receipt? Establish what the ideal times of day are for each person to receive calls, as well.

Chris

On Jul 7, 2004, at 2:09 PM, Bonnie Fergusson wrote:

Dear Arthur,
   I've used Telephone Trees in other contexts and the
trick is to try to follow people's natural socializing
patterns as much as possible--have people call the
people they talk to most often anyway and they are
more likely to do it quickly.  Also pay attention to
who lives closest to the more socially isolated folks
and have them called by near neighbors.
   Basically you have the most active, sociable folk
who are least phone phobic called by whoever initiates
the tree first and have them each call 2-5 people
depending on the size of your group, and each of those
folk call another 2-5 and so on.  Put the shy,
isolates and phone phobics and maybe the overwhelmed
or ill at the end of the tree so they don't have to
phone anyone (yes there will be some, even in
co-housing).
Good luck.
                     Bonnie Fergusson
                     Swan's Market Co-housing
                     Oakland, CA



                
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