By Hillary Boucher, Community Manager at The Community Roundtable.
I’m not going to lie; I spent a part of July with my toes in the sand, but alas vacation is over and instead of digging for treasure with the kids, I’m digging out of my post-vacation inbox. Send help (but not by email)!
Before I get buried in emails I wanted to take a moment to review the past month and note a few highlights from inside TheCR Network. Historically, summer is a quiet time in the network due to vacations and nice weather, but this summer we have a lot going on and people seem really busy with their own community work! Let’s pull back the curtain for a moment and take a look what members have been working on in TheCR Network:
- Working Out Loud: We host a weekly work out loud thread for members that we introduced in the past year. It’s an easy way for members to keep one foot in the network when they are busy with their own communities. We’ve found that encouraging members to work out loud regularly helps in a few ways: It enables peer to peer support and problem solving, it surfaces common challenges that our team can respond to and create resources around in responses, it creates opportunities for collaboration, and on a very basic level helps members get to know us and each other better. Working out loud for the win!
- Community Careers & Compensation Survey 2015 Working Group: We’re gearing up for the second iteration of our CCC2015 research (launched in 2014 as the Community Manager Salary Survey) by collaborating with members! We are working closely with members in the research working group to ensure our research is aligned with practitioners’ needs. I am happy to see members take advantage of the opportunity to influence TheCR research!
- Ask Me Anything (AMA) Threads: We’ve recently launched another tier of our leadership program called TheCR Superheroes. One of activities built off this program is giving the network the opportunity to ask our superheroes anything inside the network. The AMA’s are one week long events and are forum based so members can participate on their own time. This is a fairly new initiative and so far we’re quite happy with the quality of questions and answers we’re getting as a result.
This is just a small piece of what TheCR Network members have access to inside our peer network. If you are interested in learning more about what it’s like to be a member of TheCR Network check out this extensive overview which shares our general programming opportunities and resources made available to members.
Want to access our programming for the benefit of your community work? Reach out and ask us about membership.