A simple way to engage members in your community - be the Matchmaker.
As a Community Builder, you have matchmaking powers that others in your community don't. And we all know - with great power comes great...
I've been a part of the first On Deck Community Builders fellowship cohort for the last 7 weeks. This has allowed me to experience their community building playbook that they use for their programs.
Every new fellow fills out a detailed form listing their interests and desires from the fellowship.
They then use this info to bring together people interested in specific topics, both on video socials and private Slack channels.
Based on time zones and years of experience, they put every member in a Masterminds group of 6 people.
These groups meet every other week on a 90-minute video call to allow members to discuss their communities and seek feedback from their peers.
These are events hosted by fellows to talk about a particular community building issue or share their expertise on something.
This way they create value for each other:
What are those special powers you have as a community builder?
People are naturally scared of reaching out to strangers and putting themselves out there.
But you are different - you are no stranger!
Everyone knows who you are. Plus, you have credibility as their community person.
So, you can help them by becoming everyone's wingperson.
You know who's there. You know their stories - what's their background and where they want to go.
Atleast you know it better than anyone else in the community.
The community is the village you set up.
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