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🍻 What kind of relationship dynamic should we have with community facilitators? How to get them involved with the community?

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

When building a community, make sure that you surround yourself with the right people who are there for the same reason you are. Connect with people who resonate with the culture that you’re trying to build. Once you have that down, the relationship dynamic will take care of itself.  

You can just ask people if they would be willing to work on projects within the community. Asking is a superpower, you never know what’s out there. You might end up having a full-fledged member of facilitators willing to build the community.

Sometimes people don't really need an incentive to join a community. Some people join to genuinely learn and grow as a professional.

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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