How can a new fraternity build relationships with top sororities? Especially when the pledge class is passionate and willingly to do anything it takes?
This is not as complex a problem as you would expect. In fact, I dedicate an entire chapter of my book The Fraternity Leader to this subject.
To give you the cliff notes though – here is what I’d do:
- If you want to build strong relationships between organizations, you have to build strong relationships between individuals. Put another way, make friends with the girls in a sorority. If you become friends, then getting the organizations to interact will be easy.
- If a brother is dating a girl in the sorority, leverage that relationship to meet more girls in the sorority. Then refer to #1.
- Invite the sorority to your events. If you have a party, make sure they are invited. You mention you have an eager pledge class. Send them to the sorority house the week before a party and have them personally invite the girls. And when they show up to your event, make sure they have a good time. Then refer to #1.
- Offer to assist the sorority with their events. Does the sorority have a big community service event they are passionate about? Maybe they have a big fundraiser? Regardless, offering to help is a great way to start developing that relationship. Then, refer to #1.
One final note, always remember to be a gentleman. Simple courtesies seem to get forgotten in college. I assure you; the girls will recognize how your brothers behave. If you want to impress them, don’t forget this simple tip.
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