Motivation and working together

Motivation will flow from an agreed common commitment to the goals and well-managed social processes. If necessary, allow time for the group to get to know each other, ensure that people are introduced and that there is time to discuss and sort out any issues. Make sure that everybody knows what is happening and build confidence that all safety issues will be dealt with and that communication will be maintained. It is important to check in with the group at the beginning of the trip to reconfirm the goal of the trip and to be sure that all group members have at least an outline of the trip.

Gaining the involvement and commitment of the group can be easily overlooked. We can tend to assume that everybody is approaching the trip with the same enthusiasm that we are. A motivated group springs from having everybody working together on clear, agreed goals and all members feeling some sense of involvement and control in the group process.