Traditions: The Hidden Key to Boosting Engagement and Togetherness

The only way I can describe what happened is as if there was a magnetic force on the dance floor that caused everyone at the wedding to move from their chairs to the dance floor instantly. Prior to this moment, the dance floor was fairly empty, with only a few people repeatedly making an appearance. […]

Do You Actually Know The People In Your Community?

In the middle of nowhere Indiana, lies a Mecca of amazing food known as the Oy Vey Cafe.  As the name suggests, it’s a Jewish-run café, with all the food cooked by the family and inspired by their Jewish heritage. While the food itself is remarkable, this isn’t a food blog. So, I won’t focus […]

The Ryan Meetup Phenomenon: A Playbook for Crafting a Thriving Community

If your name is Ryan, then I’ve got the community for you. However, there are three essential guidelines you’ll need to meet before you can join their vibrant Meetup community: This group gathers monthly to socialize, united solely by the common thread of sharing the name Ryan. Their shared aversion to the name Bryan has […]

Vision, Mission, and Values Part 3: Creating a Mission Statement

In my last post, I shared a process for creating a vision for your organization. What type of world do you want to create? If everything goes right, the vision will be the final result of all your efforts. I referred to this as the mountain you want to climb. Now that you are clear […]

Vision, Mission, and Values Part 2: Creating a Vision

When you ask yourself, “What mountain do we want to climb?” What you are really asking is, “What big problem would we love to solve?” Or, “What kind of world would we love to live in?” If everything went right over the next 1, 3, 5, or 10 years, what would you have solved through […]

Every Community Needs Traditions; Here’s How To Make A Successful Tradition

Do you know what’s odder than a boat carrying a giant herring?  When that boat with the giant herring is carried through the streets of a town; it’s called the “Herring March” of Spakenburg in the Netherlands. The herring is a symbol of the town’s fishing heritage, and the parade is a celebration of community […]

You Need To Ask To Increase Engagement

Every hand in the room was in the air. I knew the number would be high, but I didn’t expect it to be 100%!  At a recent leadership program I ran at Gannon University, I asked the current campus leaders how many are in a leadership position because someone asked them to take on the […]

Stop Trying to Engage Your Entire Community With The Same Type of Activities

It was a sad situation, knowing that the group spent thousands of dollars and no one showed up to the event.  I was working with a university in Georgia that was hosting an outdoor adventure day for their campus. Ironically, it was raining that day, so they had to move the adventure indoors. The entire […]

How to Allocate Resources For Maximum Member Engagement 

1000 Free Hugs signs cost me $40… and that was with premium paper. I used the signs for an event at a conference I was keynoting. The purpose was to create an engaging activity that connected people together and increased the energy of the conference. It took me about 30 minutes to set up the […]

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