#CMGRHangout presents: Dating Your Community

While I have zero experience with dating coaches outside of watching the movie Hitch, when +Harmony Eichsteadt reached out to suggest a #CMGRHangout episode focused around her experience as a dating coach and how it relates to community organizing—I jumped on it. Partially because we sometimes get caught up over-talking the same subjects, but also because the more she explained it the more I realized just how many similarities there are.

To quote Harmony, because really it’s her brainchild here, “Building relationships with a community and with the people in it follows the same path as building a relationship with a romantic partner. That includes things like: calling people the next morning, interacting with people differently the more you know them, listening as well as talking and being vulnerable and authentic.” She even pointed out that “Sometimes it just doesn’t work out and you’re not compatible, but also sometimes you get dumped or have to dump someone.”

Intrigued? Join us for this week’s #CMGRHangout panel on Friday, May 1st at 2pm EDT to discuss the parallels between dating and organizing community.

+Jonathan Brewer, +Dom Garrett and +Sherrie Rohde will be hosting the Hangout with +Steve Dean, +Harmony Eichsteadt, +Teri Kojetin, +Jessica Malnik and +Juan Vasquez as panelists. +Carrie Keenan and +Sarah Nagel will be moderating the Twitter chat using #CMGRHangout .

Want to do some pre-reading? Check out Harmony’s posts: 10 ways organizing is like dating (http://www.justlikeharmony.com/10_ways_organizing_is_like_dating) and Dear Brands: We need to talk… (http://www.justlikeharmony.com/dear_brands_we_need_to_talk)!

Discussion Questions

1. How does listening play an important role in both dating and community building?
2. What role does compatibility play when it comes to organizing community?
3. How do you stay focused on vulnerability and authenticity rather than perfection?
4. How have you addressed entitlement in your communities?
5. How do you build and maintain loyalty in your communities?
6. How do you push through with courage knowing failure is always possible?
7. In 140 characters, for those on Twitter, share a funny dating moment.

RSVP & Watch the Hangout

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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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