Training 2: Launch Party!

You’re ready to host your first meeting/party! This is the ‘find some friends’ part of our simple process.

Creating a party atmosphere ain't easy, but we encourage you to try. As serious as this work is, there needs to be room for some fun!

Setting up the Launch Party online event:

  • Pick a date and time that works well for you.

    • Choose a date about a month in advance so you have time to plan and promote.

  • Make an outreach plan (see below), to help people find out about Launch Party. 

  • Create a public Facebook page for your team (optional!). 

  • Create a Facebook event for the Launch from your new Facebook Page, linking to the forourkids.ca RSVP page for your Launch

  • FOK Organizer will set up forourkids.ca RSVP page, Zoom link and reminders for Launch, and send you the links

Making an Outreach Plan for your Launch Party:

Successful launch parties typically have 5-15 people in attendance. Don't expect everyone who RSVPs to show up. If 10 people say that they will come, about five of them are likely to show up. So if you want 10 to come, you need 20 people to RSVP.

We have provided an example outreach plan, in the form of a spreadsheet. Feel free to use it, or to make your plan in your own way such as simply writing it down in your notebook. 

Setting the Agenda for the Launch Party:

Once outreach for your launch party is underway, it’s time to plan the event. Here are suggested steps:

  • Write your agenda. See the example agenda here.

  • Prepare your presentation. Start with the For Our Kids Launch Party Slideshow TEMPLATE, and make it your own. Feel free to add slides, change slides, and cut slides out as you see fit. 

  • Prepare to facilitate a conversation. Whether it's you or somebody else chosen for the task, there should be a facilitator to guide the conversation, to make sure people are able to participate equally, and to keep things on time. 

Dress rehearsal for the Launch Party: (the week before your Launch, with FOK Organizer)

It’s time to make sure you’re ready to Launch! Here’s the plan:

Launch Party preparation checklist:

  • Computer is ready to go, with adequate wifi (2.5 Mbps minimum download speed is recommended: you can test your internet speed here - click ‘run speed test’)

  • Zoom link for the Launch Meeting (have it handy in case you need to send it to anyone at the last minute)

  • Login info (you can have the above “How to run a Zoom meeting” document open or know how to find it

  • Have your slideshow ready to go

  • Have some way to take a few notes (make a note of who attends the meeting - you will want to follow up with them later)

  • Take a deep breath! You’re going to do great. Have fun!

Training Part 2 Resources:

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