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🪄 The basic tips and tricks to keep in mind to grow the community when just you’re starting out?

Have you ever felt out of your depth, like a fraud, and just guessed/bullshitted your way through the situation, petrified that at any time, someone was going to call you on it? - Mike-Cannon Brookes

If you’re just starting out, you have a blank canvas in front of you with unimaginable possibilities. A few things to keep in mind would be:  

- Don’t think too much at the early stages. Try whatever comes to mind. You saw something somewhere? Try it. You discovered a new tool? Try it. Nothing held back.

- Building community is a selfless act. Don’t let expectations cloud your judgment.

- Be a people person. Listen, engage, listen, engage.  

- Don’t do anything that you wouldn’t do normally aka be yourself.

In 2018, I took a Udacity course in front-end web development and found the community managers to be stellar advocates who were really motivating. I was looking to break into tech, and got inspired and started applying for community-type jobs as a result. I landed my first gig at Khan Academy, where I led and managed volunteer groups for a year before moving onto Quora to oversee writer and power user programs, and am now doing the same at Retool. - Alina Din, Community Manager at Retool

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