In the context of community building, what I most crave is fresh eyes. Some way to summon the others-with-experience, to swoop into my community/ies and then give me some feedback.
This project (the idea, and then this Discourse platform hosted by @osioke ) was born when I was looking for 2 or 3 people to join me in a mastermind group. This is big and complicated. If that’s for you, read on…
It doesn’t have to be huge, busy, or built on any specific platform. Simply put, this mastermind is not for, “how do I set it up?”
…or at least you’re one of the primary stakeholders of whatever runs the community. I’m looking for individuals who lead their community, make the decisions, and I want what we do as a mastermind group to benefit you personally, not a Large Faceless Corp one might work for. In other words, you have skin in the game.
This is for you if you’ve asked your computer monitor…
“How’s this feel?”
“Is this policy right?”
“Do I have too many categories in here?”
You know, all the stuff right after, “How do I set this platform up?”
Of course, missing one here and there is fine.
But generally, one recurring-scheduled weekday meeting. Some sane time that works for me in US Eastern. (US west-coast through Europe should be easy enough to juggle.)
We’ll use the first part of the call to review (if needed) feedback given from the previous week. (See “homework” below.)
We’ll use the second part of the call for someone to pose the next week’s question. Each week we’ll rotate who asks the question. You can “ask” by posting, screenshare, show and tell, powerpoint, whatever. You get the floor to talk to the mastermind, rather than your monitor.
Of course, missing here and there is fine!
But generally, you’re committing to spending no more than an hour acting on the question posed in the Zoom call. Let’s call this “doing the homework.”
We’ll post our homework somewhere. (We’re all community managers, we can figure this out.) This means you have to be adept at writing long posts, screenshots, screencap videos, etc. to convey your homework. We’re not going to spend the time in the zoom call “reciting” our homework. The first half of the zoom call is in case the person who asked the question has a burning need in response to the homework that was submitted.
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