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
Find people who are highly engaging. Part of being a community manager is finding and connecting with people who do things the same way as you do. Be involved in discussions early on. Take part in discussions that have nothing to do with you. The more you engage early on, the higher the chances of people taking it from there.
As the community grows, consistently organize events, chats, AMAs, whatever suits your community.
Eventually, over time, you can also foster community-led events by giving a space for people to proactively organize and/or share events. Here’s a little something from Community OS.
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