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8-22-2011 @ 6:23PM
I helped resurrect a guild from 4 members in blues in early 2010 to become a 10 and 25 man raiding group of Lich King defeating players. Since then the GM had a falling-out with his officers and members over the direction of the guild in moving away from casual toward hardcore with very strict rules. The Cataclysm not only broke apart Azeroth but my guild as members scattered about their own ways (other realms, factions, games etc).After a break for a few weeks I started looking for other guilds and couldn't find one where I felt I fit in, or was accepted for anything other than a stat. I decided to use the experience of helping manage my previous guild in creating what I couldn't find in May of 2011.My experience in recruiting has exponentially increased in difficulty from even a year ago. I too have found that Guild Perks have deterred a number of potentials recruits from considering joining my guild. I've made friends with people who will join my raid groups yet remain hostage to their current guilds for fear of losing perks or rep,Needless to say pushing forward beyond this hinderance people will show interest in you when you show interest in them. The verbiage you use is incredibly important and I find myself tweaking ad's in forums and websites constantly. Make sure you go the extra mile to speak to people individually and don't just copy and paste a few things in response. Let them know you want your guild to be the right place for their needs instead of you looking for the right person. Establish a relationship, ask questions about their game history or themselves.I guess I'm just trying to say… when I adjusted my attitude toward how I approached things I found that people started adjusting theirs toward how they felt about a new guild and found value in a smaller network of friends who have a similar mindset instead of being stuck in a large guild of strangers.
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