#CMGRHangout presents: Connecting with Your Community


As community professionals, we learn how to connect with almost everyone we meet, but it isn’t always easy. From topics that aren’t core to who you are, to cultural differences, to generational gaps, we are constantly on our toes and looking for common ground. The good news is, as we work on this core skill of connecting, it becomes so natural we instead need to remind ourselves not to relate to every story our friends and family are trying to tell us when “off duty.”

Join us for this week’s #CMGRHangout panel on Friday, April 10th at 2pm EDT to trade stories and tips for connecting with your community.

+Jonathan Brewer, +Dom Garrett and +Sherrie Rohde will be hosting the Hangout with +Chris Barrows, +David DeWald, +Christin Kardos and +Teri Kojetin as panelists. +Carrie Keenan and +Sarah Nagel will be moderating the Twitter chat using #CMGRHangout.

Discussion Questions

1. When interacting with your community, do you let your personality shine, use your name or stay more anonymous?
2. Have you ever managed a community based on a topic that doesn’t interest you? What helped you to stay relevant?
3. How do you connect across generations in your community (Millennials, GenX, Baby Boomer, etc.)?
4. How do you connect across cultural differences in your community?
5. How frequently do you stay in touch with key people in your community?
6. What tips have you found to help community members connect with each other?

RSVP & Watch the Hangout

RSVP here to let us know you’re going to watch. This will add the event to your calendar and remind you to attend! If you want to be on air, please let us know in advance by commenting here.

Let’s discuss ways you can attend:

Watch: You do NOT need to join the hangout. Just stay on the Google+ Event and you’ll see the video on YouTube. (Don’t worry, it will be there and start playing as soon as the broadcast begins.)

Talk and Be Seen: If you decide you want to talk, not just watch, please let us know in advance. (We will only invite a few people for this event, so let us know why you would like to attend.) 

Chat: You can watch here and/or follow the conversation on Twitter using #CMGRHangout .

If you join us on the hangout, a wired internet connection is preferred and if you have a headset with mic or earbuds, that works best for the audio. You will also need a working webcam.

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