But I want to do [thing]!

So you’re in a guild. And you want to do one of the following:
– More world PVP
– Get battleground premades together
– Run 10-man Naxx for achievements on off nights
– Do heroic gear runs
– Find more resto shamans (and who wouldn’t!)
– Have an RP party
– Get more RP going in guild chat
– Level twinks
– Anything else you could conceivably do in-game but only with a group

What do you do?

Well, you have two choices. The first choice is that you can talk to your guild, whether in guild chat, on your forums, just to an officer, or whatever; or you can take the initiative to schedule stuff yourself.

Which is the better option? Well, it’s always good to communicate with your guild to see if there is any interest in the first place. If you’re the only one who wants to hang out in Wintergrasp every day, then you might have trouble organizing something.

But you also cannot simply say, “Hey, guys, I want to do [thing]” and expect others to do all the work to get it going. Even if you ask an officer — and guild officers generally don’t mind putting in extra work to keep the guild busy and happy — they may have other things going on that require their attention. For example, asking the raid leader to organize heroic runs when they’re trying to keep track of raid attendance, goals, invites and loot already is a bit much. Asking an officer who is organizing several RP and PVP events each month to also get a dueling night going is also a bit much.

And as the saying goes, “If you want something done, you’ve got to do it yourself.” Even if someone else is willing to organize things, chances are it won’t be the event you want unless you have a hand in it.

If you’ve never run an event before, though, it can be daunting. So what do you do?

1. Well, first, you still want to communicate with your guild. You have to find out if others are interested; it can be very discouraging to schedule an event and have no one show up. So speak up in your chat or post to your guild website and let people know what type of event you’d like to plan. Make sure you ask when interested parties are free. (This also gives people a chance to volunteer to help.)

2. Schedule a time. Try and make sure it’s a time you can be sure of being free, and one where a lot of your guildmates can reasonably be expected to show up. If you do end up needing to reschedule (for emergencies), let people know at least a couple of days in advance and schedule a new time then, so it’s not put off indefinitely.

3. Post it everywhere you can think of. Send out reminders a week in advance — that’s enough time for people to make plans but not so much that they forget, in my experience — and remind everyone again the day of the event, at least a few hours before it starts. If it’s a server-wide event, make sure to also nag people in the Trade channel and on the realm forums, too.

4. Organization time! Make sure you have a goal (even if that goal is only “Go to Theramore and kill everything”). If it’s something that needs supplies (bandages, food, booze, whatever), make sure you have those (or hire a caterer, if you’re on VeCo Horde-side). Lists? Those are your friends.

5. Remember to have snacks and soda 30 seconds before the event starts, and run around frantically. Also, forget your Vent headset until you’re on the road, so make sure you have someone to follow while you get it.

That’s really about it. Just remember, the best way to get things going is to show a little initiative … and if you’re not willing to put in the work, you shouldn’t complain.

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