About the Speaker Seeker Service Position, from Gratitude in Action, FA's Newsletter about Service
Many meetings consider this position essential. Here are some excerpts from Document 7, Service Positions - Descriptions of Responsibilities:
- Speaker seekers find strongly committed members to lead the meeting each week. This is an important responsibility because the speakers chosen by the speaker seeker provide the first impression of FA to a newcomer.
- In larger meetings, those who serve in this position carefully book the meeting's speakers as much as one full month ahead of time. Resist the temptation to book members to speak before they reach their 90 days of continuous abstinence. This can place undue stress on newcomers.
- Prior to the meeting, call the speaker to remind them of their commitment to lead and, if needed, give directions to the meeting location. This is a good opportunity to go over some important suggestions, such as bringing photos; beginning the qualification with numbers, in order to provide context; and speaking to the newcomer.
Personal Reflections... Speaker Seeker
“Not only is the Speaker Seeker position a great way to fight my tendency to isolate, it is also a lesson in trust. I have learned how to not freak out if someone cancels last minute. The meeting will not flop. Someone who regularly attends the meeting will certainly step up to do the service. Or we can listen to an MP3, or maybe have an FA Book meeting. Whatever happens, I have learned that the meeting will work out just fine, because God always shows up.”
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