Why Random Acts of Kindness are a Sign of a Healthy Community

My foot was seconds from frustratingly hitting the broken parking machine when I heard a voice behind me, “Is it broken? That happens all the time.”  The story of the broken parking machine took place during a business trip I recently had to Salt Lake City, Utah. I was there to speak to a group […]

3 Reasons Why Your Online Community Needs To Meet In-Person

Meeting Barack Obama for the first time wasn’t the most nerve-wracking part of my day.  Jill and Aire’s friendship solidified after an activity they did during their fourth virtual success meeting through an organization called The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS). The two kept nodding in agreement as if they were of one […]

Deciding When To Pull The Plug On Your Community

I was the captain of a sinking ship, and I didn’t know exactly how to stop my ship from capsizing. A few years ago, I was hired as an engagement growth specialist for an up-and-coming community. When I received the offer to be their executive director, I was overjoyed because it fits perfectly within the […]

3 Reasons Why Every Community Needs a Core Leadership Team

Watching all the newest blockbuster movies for free should be an exhilarating experience, but it was a colossal failure for me. As a college student leader, I launched a movie club with three friends. The club aimed to watch movies and review them while looking for subliminal marketing messages. In short, we got to watch […]

5 Ways to Increase Your Virtual Engagement

Five hundred people stared at me through their computers, waiting for me to say something. My palms were sweaty, my voice cracked, and my nerves took over. It was hard to know if the group was listening to the program or just staring at their screens, and I was just talking to myself. I’ve been […]

When Your Members Meet Up Independent Of You

I knew when it was my turn I wanted to highlight my co-workers. They worked so hard on their projects, and for this company, they deserved recognition. So when the question was asked, I replied, “I’d like to shout out to Jay for always rocking his projects and continuously helping with side tasks without hesitation. […]

What’s An Engagement Pyramid?

Marcus sat in the front row of a nearly empty 500 person auditorium with his head cupped between his hands. He was in disbelief that almost no one showed up after spending countless hours promoting his event.  “How is that possible?!?” He silently screamed to himself. He remembered standing outside the Student Union building handing […]

5 Ways to Increase Engagement on Slack

I was desperate. I called my mom, dad, and neighbor to ask if they could like my post. My plea for help came after posting my fourth bit of content on Slack without anyone else in the community sharing, commenting, or even liking it. It felt like I set up a dance party, invited everyone, […]

And the Winning 2022 #FreeHugs Postcard Is…

Thank you to everyone who has participated by submitting wonderful designs and voting for our 2022 #FreeHugs postcard! We are so grateful to Jonny Division Martinez for such creative contributions. She designed 3 wonderful postcards for us and through your votes, one was chosen! Jonny is an Early Childhood Education (PreK – 4) major with […]

Design Our 2022 #FreeHugs Postcard!

Are you a creative person? Does your art dazzle, amaze, and inspire? Do you want the opportunity to have your original design travel across the world? We have an exciting opportunity for you! Here’s the rundown: Swift Kick loves free hugs, both virtual and in-person. We want to spread that love as far as it […]