"Onboard all community members w/ friendly self-disclosure rituals" - Erik Torenberg
Introducing new members to the broader community is as important as hosting a kickoff event for new members to get to know each other. The larger the community the more alien things are for the new members at the start. That's true with any group setup. The first time you entered a school you just joined, your first day at a new job - butterflies were always there in your stomach. Do everything you can to make the new members of your community feel at home.
Here are a couple of tips to help them get comfortable from Day-0 and also for the community to get to know new members.
1. Create an #introductions channel and get new members to post introductions. Here's a format you can use:
2. Create a ritual to introduce new members on your community space.
Dish - helps you create a member directory within your community
On Deck is where top talent comes together to connect, learn and explore opportunities. They have a cohort-based community approach to learning and have a bouquet of fellowships going to help professionals achieve their professional goals. Here's my set of learnings (so far) by being a part of On Deck's first cohort for Community Builders.
As interactions spread across tools and platforms, providing a community map will help members gain maximum value from the community.