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1 – Care About People: This means both the other yearbook staff members and your customers. You have to care about what they want almost as much as what you want. If you can do that, you’ll be successful.
2 – Always Be Honest: When you work with people and money, honest is always the best policy. When you are managing money, make sure you always keep good account of money given to you or paid to you. When dealing with people, you can only burn them once and get away with it. The yearbook is forever, so you can’t burn them this year and hope they buy it next year.
3 – Speak Your Mind: Don’t be afraid to say what you mean. But don’t be mean when you say it. Be open and honest, but not with a hard edge on it. But never keep back something that you think is important. The rest of the group might not always listen, but at least you said it.
4 – Be Respectful: Always treat others on staff and in your school, and your customers with respect. Respect does not mean that you always do what they tell you to. Respect sometimes means disagreeing, but it can be done with respect. Don’t treat your customers like they are dumb. Listen to what they have to say and give them what they want within reason.
5 – Ask For Help and Give It Too: A yearbook staff is a team. The team only works as well as it’s weakest member. If you need help, ask for it. If you are asked for help, give it. Helping someone else is really helping yourself. The strongest members of a team always end up working harder at deadline time if work is not done.
6 – Plan, Plan, Plan and Have A Backup: You can never plan enough for emergencies. Backup data, have a backup plan, have backup staff and always have a secondary plan. Stuff happens in life. Things will go wrong. Be ready for when it does.
7 – Work Hard: You can’t expect others to do their job, if you won’t do yours. Come early as my old band director used to tell us and stay late. Give it your 100 percent attention while you are there. Don’t bring your homework from another class or your personal issues. Leave them at the door and come ready to work.
8 – Ask Questions and Look It Up: Help yourself because you can. If you know that the answer is in the online help or technical documents – then read it for yourself. But if you don’t know where or how to find the answer, then ask.
9 – Know the Rules and When To Break Them: Should you go to workshops or read books about yearbook design there will be all kinds of rules. Some of the rules are good and helpful, but others will only make students in your school dislike the yearbook. Each school is different and has it’s own informal rules. Know when to break the rules in order to be successful, not just because you can.
10 – Give Them More Than They Expect: Whether it’s the yearbook itself or your staff, give more than they ask for. You’ll be surprised how when you give more, you get more back too.
11 – Organization Counts: The yearbook runs on deadlines, both for the staff and for the students too. Don’t slack about keeping up with photo shoots, picture days, page deadlines, etc. Keep lots of calendars and make sure everyone knows when the deadlines are and when they are expected to be there.
12 – Be Who You Are: Don’t be like everyone else. Just because most people on yearbook staff are into reading Twilight books doesn’t mean you can be the gamer kid or the sports kid. There are so many jobs in yearbook – photographer, designer, writer, ad sales, book keeper, editor and more. Be your own person and find your niche.