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As a Gabbai Sheni I have noticed that often the Gabbai has a difficult time getting someone to daven from the Amud. Some Shuls have paid Chazonim, yet others can not afford that. What can a Gabbai do in order to get people to be willing to Daven from the Amud?

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Why can't he daven himself? –  b a Aug 28 '12 at 16:18
    
Pay them. ||||| –  Double AA Aug 28 '12 at 16:43
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The Gabbai Davened last night, last week, and two weeks ago. How often does he have to Daven himself? –  Gershon Gold Aug 28 '12 at 17:13
    
Ask the rabbi to speak about how people don't need to be that humble. –  Seth J Aug 28 '12 at 17:15
    
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/18794/3 –  WAF Dec 6 '13 at 11:20
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I was talking to a friend of mine today about this question and he told me that recently he was in a Shul and no one wanted to Daven Musaf for the Amud. The Gabai has already Davened Shacharis and read the Kriyas HaTorah. So the Gabai made a loud announcement "Good Shabbos - Thanks for all of you joining with our Minyan. I am leaving now and will come back once someone goes to Daven Musaf" and he went out of the Shul. Within a minute someone went up to Daven.

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+1. Similarly, I've seen a gabay ask around, and, when no one accepted the role, simply stop asking and take his place. –  msh210 Aug 28 '12 at 19:32
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I would arrange for a chazan ahead of time, not right before davening. You probably know who the good chazanim are, so simply ask them a few days in advance and make a schedule (for yourself).

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