Why Strong Communities Have Secret Internal Languages

I joined a virtual community that I thought was about being a better parent,  but seeing everyone with bingo numbers in their name almost made me leave, thinking I had entered the wrong zoom room. As a parent, I’m constantly thinking about how to be better because just when I think I’ve mastered the game, […]

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 […]

The Number One Reason Why Large Communities Fail

The larger your community, the higher the chance of failure unless you have this one tactic in place.  Rick Warren, the founder of Saddleback, an evangelical megachurch, began his church at the age of 26. He got off to a great start and was so successful that he had over 10,000 members before his first […]

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 […]

Supporting Ukraine One Day At A Time

With devastation happening in Ukraine, we still find #TeamHuman moments. From a young girl singing, a violinist playing for her fellow bunker mates, a reporter helping the elderly, and an arena supporting a Ukrainian soccer player, we see you, we recognize what you are going through, and we are here for you. So keep your […]

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 […]

The Perfect Welcome Gift

Excitement came over me as I sped up the highway back in 2012. With my favorite music blasting through the speaker and my parents jamming in the car behind me, I was off to college as a new freshman. We only had 30 minutes to go, so I queued up some songs I knew would […]

How a Pepper Plant Created a Community

This past summer, my Aunt Karen gave me four pepper plants, a mint plant, and a cucumber plant. I don’t have a green thumb, but I thought, “Hey, why not see where it goes? Worst case, I lose the plants and have to continue to get my greens from the grocery store.” Long story short, […]

Inspiring The Future By Reflecting On The Past

Sometimes you need to look back on things to better prepare yourself for what’s on the horizon.  For instance, back in 2016, my mentor gave me and everyone on our team a handful of marbles. We were to walk around the room and place a marble in front of someone else, each marble recognizing a […]