Wednesday, November 19, 2014

How to Succeed in Volunteerism (and Landuse)

Secrets to Succeeding as a Volunteer

Or any job for that matter...

By Del Albright

Having achieved the rank of Chief in the fire service, as well as being an officer in the military, I would like to share with you the secrets of success from what I've learned, and how it applies to being a volunteer.  It's a simple formula.

Let's say you're young and want to succeed in whatever you're doing, and you are surrounded by hungry competitors, old timers, "bs'ers," know-it-all's, posers, and some wise, old gray beards.  Who do you pay attention and listen to?  How do you sort the wheat from the chaff?  How do you rise above the pack?  Well, the secret is twofold.

First, as I told hundreds of young firefighters who wanted to promote someday, learn to listen.  Listen more and talk less.  That's step one of the formula.  And yes, it takes practice to sort out the good advice from the war stories; but it can be done with a little practice (and experience).  Listen for the little details; listen intently with what I call aerobic listening -- fully engaged communication.  Then jump to step 2.

Step 2 is to ask more and guess less.  Ask good questions and listen.  When in doubt about an assignment, don't guess what you have to do - ASK!  That way you'll be sure to get it right as you're getting it done!  In many assignments the asking can also come in the form of Expectations.  Ask what is expected of you.

If you're the boss of a job or assignment, learn to share your expectations of those following you.  It's simple.  If it makes you smile, write an expectation to achieve it.  If it makes you frown, write an expectation to avoid it.

Here's a little more on Expectations:

Bottom line to success:  learn to listen, then ask more and guess less. Get it right the first time and get further ahead in life faster!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

God Is My Co-Dawg

God Is My Co-Dawg

Reflecting on Veterans Day

By Del Albright

Veteran's Day gives me cause to pause, but honestly I remember and honor all our military all year long.  This year, with our country experiencing such change (ups and downs), it hit me hard how many of us are struggling -- military and non-military alike.

My life has had more than its share of "exploits" including being shot at in three countries, and I can't help but salute all who have served or are serving, as well as their families and friends who also paid a price. 

My off-roading/OHV friends know the term "co-dawg;" it's a respectful way to refer to the person in the passenger seat, also known as riding "shotgun." While I don't make a big deal of it, I'm also not embarrassed to say that God is my "co-dawg."  He has been, and continues to ride with me where ever I am. There is an amazing peace that comes with having such an esteemed co-dawg. 

There are caveats with this partnership, though. He is not going to get every gate for you; He is not going to fix your broken junk; He is not going to give you the exact answer you may be looking for; and He is not going to live your life for you.  All of those obstacles in life are still up to you to solve and live through; but as your co-dawg, He'll help you make the right choices and find the path you were meant to travel.

So my wish for you as I reflect on this Veterans Day is that you find a "co-dawg" who will help you find peace, as well as courage, serenity and wisdom.  I borrowed the Snoopy picture because the message is so strong -- keep looking up.  Keep looking ahead; find your peace; get a good "co-dawg;" and do what you were meant to do in life and do it with gusto!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Magical Words of a Volunteer

"What can I do to help?"  Undoubtedly, in the volunteer world, the most magical and important words you can ever speak.  Heck, in about any situation, even married life, these are magical words that can change the world you live in.  But for volunteer projects, leaders and workers don't always ASK for help.  It has to do with saving face; or not wanting to be a bother; or being afraid to be too pushy; or thinking that someone else should read their mind and do something; or whatever.

So the solution is to pose the question: "What can I do to help?"

When you see someone struggling with a task or project; ask.  When you notice you're not being very productive because someone didn't really give you a job; ask.  When you know someone is behind the 8-ball; ask;  When you can tell someone is way behind on their schedule; ask.   Just put this magic to work -- ASK; "What can I do to help?"


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Jail-Break video; Keeping Public Lands Public

Four Top Tips for Keeping Public Lands Open to All -- the JAIL-BREAK.
Video By Del Albright and BlueRibbon Coalition.

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Del Albright Training Workshop VLLS Announcement


Feb. 27 – Mar.1st, 2015, Sacramento area, CA

Presented by BFGoodrich Tires and Omix-ADA/Rugged Ridge
Sponsors include Poly Performance, Synergy Manufacturing, Raceline Wheels, Poison Spyder Customs
and the CA4WDC Conservation & Education Foundation (so far)
With a special dinner provided by MetalCloak

(September 14, 2014). The one-of-a-kind hands-on landuse and leadership boot camp, Volunteer Leader & Land Stewardship (VLLS) Workshop is scheduled for the weekend of Feb. 28th, 2015, developed and presented by Del Albright. Student applications are available now to get your name in the hat early for limited seating.  Apply even if you aren’t sure you can make it, but want to be kept in the list of available seats.  35 students are expected to attend this workshop.

VLLS 2015 is going to be the revival of volunteer training that started in 2004 to develop more leaders in volunteer organizations/clubs fighting for landuse, trails and access to public lands. This will be workshop #5 since the course started as the follow-up, hands-on portion of online training, Recreational Leadership Training Course (RLTC at

LEARN: There is no other training like this in the country!  Learn tips and tricks galore in landuse, leadership, and supervision, including:
·         team-building
·         how to supervise and nurture volunteers
·         how not to burnout
·         tips for dealing with politicians and bureaucrats
·         trail maintenance and water issues
·         land stewardship concepts
·         how to run better meetings
·         secrets to public speaking
·         letter writing
·         event organization
·         how to inspire and motivate others
·         and much, much more

DETAILS: Check in will be Thursday night (2/26); Graduation will be Sunday afternoon (3/1). Students must commit to full weekend in the classroom, starting Thursday night and ending Sunday mid-afternoon. Lodging is provided as part of the training package. Local students may make special arrangements for other lodging or home lodging if critically necessary.

NO COST: Course is (mostly) free to students (including lodging); some meals and individual travel arrangements will need to be provided by students; but all training material, lodging, training facilities will be covered by business and organizational partners/sponsors.

TOPICS: More on subject matter here:  VLLS was written and developed by Del Albright as an extension of the online (via email) Recreational Leadership Training Course (RLTC) developed by Del to teach volunteers how to inspire, motivate and facilitate others in keeping trails open, our sports alive, and our public lands available to all.

SPONSORS:  Sponsors make this course possible.  They believe enough in keeping trails open and our sports alive that they are willing to invest substantially in giving you an opportunity to elevate your effectiveness in landuse and leadership.
The premier partners presenting this workshop are BFGoodrich Tires and Omix-ADA/Rugged Ridge.  Other sponsors include Poly Performance, Synergy Manufacturing, Raceline Wheels, Poison Spyder Customs, MetalCloak, and the CA4WDC  Conservation & Education Foundation.  Please pay them a visit and THANK them for supporting landuse and leadership training for our future. 

APPLY NOW!: Student Application here:

Del Albright
RLTC/VLLS Course Developer and Leadership Trainer
2014 Inductee, Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame (

RLTC/VLLS Website:

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Leadership and Landuse Training -- Online Special Offer

2-Week Only Special Offer on RLTC

Cheapest deal ever offered for leadership and volunteer training course

Are you losing volunteers in your group or club?  Is burnout setting in with you or others you know in off-road recreational efforts?  Do you see volunteerism falling off in your endeavors?  I offer you a chance to help fix that....

I am offering the online training course RLTC -- Recreational Leadership Training Course -- at a hugely discounted price from now until August 7th (two week deal) in order to help build up our cadre of volunteer leaders who want to help keep outdoor sports alive and well, and backcountry trails open.

Normal retail is $150; group deals $75; THIS OFFER is $45 for TWO WEEKS only. Sign up now (or by August 7th) and get this 10-Module Course that you can do in your spare time, at your own pace.

You can sign up NOW and PAY LATER.  Get started on changing the way volunteerism is working for you and your club.

The course covers:

Communication SkillsEvent and Club OrganizationalBenefiting from Social Networks Trail Rides and ConvoysVisualization and Planning of Events and ActivitiesBasic Volunteer Supervision and Nurturing TechniquesLeadership of VolunteersMembership DevelopmentLanduse Science and DefinitionsDealing with BureaucracyStrategic PlanningPublic SpeakingRunning Better Meetings

and more...

Read testimonials here:
Read more about the course here:

SIGN UP by sending an email to me ( and say "sign me up for RLTC deal."
Pay later.

And if you want to take a TEST (sample) module first, just say so in your email.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Pledge Your Patriotism and Join Up!

Take the pledge of a patriot and join or renew in BRC because our freedoms depend on it!  

National issues are heating up; elections are looming; closure attempts still persist; and we are not as united as we could be.  BRC is the first step answer to STOPPING the assaults on our freedoms -- the freedom to recreate outdoors; the freedom to enjoy responsible access to recreation; and the freedom to take young people outside where they can learn about this country!


Just like our forefathers did.  BRC pledges back to continue to champion your rights to responsible access to outdoor recreation.

And don't forget your state, regional and other sport-specific organizations.  It's about all our voices being heard.  Join (or renew) now!  You're needed now more than ever.

A fellow patriot,
Del Albright