Communities are the future, there is no doubt about that. In a world where there exist communities for people who love cheese to TV shows, you might want to create a community that stands out among others and want yours to be the first one that your target audience want to join.
Due to this boom in communities, there are multiple resources out there to help you start your perfect community which can be confusing and overwhelming. Here is your cheat book with a few tips and tricks to help you start your community without being overwhelmed.
Before we get to the cheat sheet, let’s look at the barebones of how we start a community.
Don’t be in the mindset of what if this does not work? Maybe this will not be work for me. Maybe my community won’t be able to work with this. Banish the thoughts of self-doubts and take risks! See a new tactic? Apply it! Found out about an exciting new tool? Try it.
What’s stopping you?
You might expect your community to grow immediately, and to gain loyal members soon, unfortunately this is not the case, especially in the starting, it will be hard to grow your community, you need to toil and work yourself literally to the bone by keeping all your expectations aside.
Be a people person, always listen to what your community is saying and respond accordingly. Be empathetic, treat them as real people who you meet and see every day, instead of just names or another analytic.
Just because you're creating a community, doesn’t mean you have to hide yourself away or change yourself in any way, you want your community to be full of people who want to be around you, not some version of you.
The first 30-days in any role are equal parts exciting, overwhelming, and confusing. It’s also really important as it’ll set the tone and direction of your role for years to come.
Acknowledging the top contributors and public shoutouts/appreciation for great work done within the community is a step further towards building trust and fostering a culture of supporting each other.