Five Ways to Harness The Power of Community

At Social Fresh East, I was tasked with helping folks harness the power of community – even if they may not have clearly defined communities. My slides can be found below and the video can be found at Social Fresh Academy shortly!

Feel like you don’t have a community? Are people not talking about your product or service? There are still some easy ways to develop a community. Chris will walk through several examples and review the best practices of creating and harnessing the power of an online community.

 

When Larry Met Sergey – an interactive graphic

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Control your social media with if / then statements

Ever wished that one action or event triggered another to help you more easily manage social media (or your life)?

Well, you are in luck. ifttt is coming to the rescue.

I’ve been tinkering with the tool for a few days and wanted to solve a few work-flow problems. For example, I don’t check the weather forecast daily. But, if it rains, I’d like to have an umbrella or a jacket to look like I was prepared. ifttt to the rescue.

ifttt.com email for rainy days

Boom. If the forecast calls for rain tomorrow, ifttt will shoot me an email to say “Yo. Grab that jacket and umbrella today. Stay dry.”

This is a great tool to sync notifications across multiple channels.

Check it out and let me know what you think.

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Are the Millennials the best generation ever?

If not, what is your choice? Spare me the Woodstock argument. :)

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How to transition to a new job in 5 easy steps

Transition is difficult. Most of the time, you go from being a subject matter expert with detailed knowledge of the inner-workings of your company to being a complete newbie learning new systems, processes, procedures and how to get things done.

crossroadsAs I’m a few weeks in with my latest transition to Red Hat, I felt compelled to share a few of my learnings.

1. Become a sponge.

While you no doubt have tremendous knowledge in multiple areas, the best way to ramp up is to learn as much as possible about everything around you. This can also include learning about hardware, software or various tools you need to use to be successful.

What are other people saying? What are other people doing? How do they describe your product? How do they communicate internally and externally?

2. Use the buddy system.

Ideally, you know one or two folks in your new company. If so, pick their brain and bombard them with any of the “dumb” questions you may not want to pester your colleagues with.

Where is the bathroom? Where do you usually go for lunch? How do I file an expense report? When do we get paid? What should I wear to the company holiday party?

Having a buddy to bounce the non-critical questions off of is extremely helpful. If you don’t have pre-existing relationships in your new role, buddy up with a peer or neighbor and establish a decent comfort level.

3. Read and do your homework.

While you obviously have some time to ramp up, fast-track the process by doing your own research and due-diligence. Take some key readings home. Read up on your products and competitors on personal time. Many companies will expect this, but doing it proactively shows that you take initiative and are eager to start jumping in on projects.

What documents are provided to new hires? Who are your company’s competitors? Have you scoured the Intranet? What documents do the Sales folks use?

Some companies are great at providing tons of resources when you start (thanks Red Hat!), but for those that aren’t, this can give you help you dramatically reduce the learning curve.

4. Take great notes.

Show up to every meeting with a notebook. Personally, I prefer a nice bound notebook as opposed to a laptop or tablet. There is never the perception that you are doing something else (unless you doodle) and I love going through old notebooks once I fill them up. There are definitely times where it makes more sense to take notes electronically, but a nice notebook is a necessity in my opinion.

What words do you need to look up later? What actions do you have? Who are the people in your meeting (look them up on LinkedIn after)?

Balance your note-taking time with active listening (cough cough eye contact) and capture as much as you can.

5. Meet new faces.

Everyone knows that networking is important. It is crucial when you are in a new place with tons of unfamiliar faces. Meet friends of your existing friends. Reach out to your peers in other offices. Connect on LinkedIn to tie faces with names.

Do you know everyone on your team? What folks are critical to getting things on the website? Who helps out on Project X? Have you asked, who all should I meet?

Don’t miss the opportunity to get to know as many people as possible to shorten the ramp-up time.

Do all of the above and make immediate contributions.

Try to share your expertise and experiences when relevant to become a valued member of the team immediately. You were hired because you bring something desirable to the team – make that clear by adding value.

What tips do you have for making a successful job / role transition?

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