On one of my usual journeys around the web, I came across a memory from my youth of the great comic strip called You are the Ref.
Which would give you different scenario’s and asks you what you would do. As facilitators you will sometimes have to play the role of the ref and lay down the laws of the community. But most of the time it’s just common sense.
If we where to create a few comic strips about being a facilitator what sort of scenarios have you had to deal with?
Any way here’s an example from you are the ref. Please accept my apologies for it being a football analogy
“In the final penalty of a shoot-out the kick hits the underside of the bar, bounces down and doesn’t cross the line. The keeper raises his arms to celebrate – and ends up punching the ball into his net. What is your decision?”
After extensive and scientific research I can now tell you the years and months that will make you a great facilitator.
But first a bit of background to this ground breaking research. The research using the back of a napkin and some great surveying by Blaise Grimes – Viort’s and his Zodiac Signs Survey conducted with 180 community managers and my Chinese New Year Zodiac Signs Survey with an impressive 27 responses.
Leads to the conclusion that if you where born between the 23rd of August and October the 22nd (Virgo or Libra)
And your year of birth was one of these 1926, 34, 38, 46, 50, 58, 62, 70, 74, 82, 86, 94, 98, or 06.
I can now say categorically that you will be a great online community facilitator.
So that’s me out then, back to the drawing board.
This is a bit of fun and a follow up to Blaise Grimes – Viort’s Zodiac Signs Survey where he conducted this survey with over 180 Community Managers across Spainish, German, British, French, American and other nations’ Community Managers.
With it being Chinese New Year on the 23rd Jan and Community Manager Appreciation Day I was wondering if the year of your birth would have any effect in you becoming an online facilitator.
It would be interesting to see if it does.
And if you are interested I’m a Snake, read into that as you will.
It’s time for the THIRD annual CMAD on the 23rd of January.
What to do? It’s so easy: Thank your Community Manager in blog posts, tweets, hugs, or gift them tea, cakes and biscuits
Or use a combination, everyone knows that Community Facilitators / Managers love biscuits.
And two things came up regularly, while doing this.
People had put lots of effort into completing the application form (Description, Welcome text, Tags, Facilitation plan etc.
But, this was the bit that I found strange.
- On quiet a few occasions no content was ever added to the community.
- And on others there was only one posting. “What should this community cover?”
Maybe it was a bit of a failure on my side of not helping them out enough, but with 2500 communities to cover that’s always going to be difficult.
Or was it something else? Did they think that having an online space would automatically create the conversation? I’m guessing that’s true, and I have spoken to people in the past who thought that was the case.
So just a quick note before you start an online community.
Have a chat with your potential members; find out if there is a need and what they need help with. And create a purpose that as many people can be part of.