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I love this Meg! I can certainly relate to the special challenges a startup cmgr encounters as they help build something from the ground up. Thanks for mentioning the co-working space with which MentorMob is involved! [Yes, official announcement coming later this month! :D] We're beginning to build an exciting event schedule both startups and established companies can partake in. Can't wait to have you visit this week :)
1 year, 10 months ago on The Startup Community Manager
Hi Jeshe! Thanks for sharing this :) I agree with mattmyersjr , a public relations concentration is a great way to build a foundation for your future Community Management career. The lessons I learned in my many PR classes still lend themselves to my daily work as a CMGR. If your school doesn't offer PR studies, building relationships with current CMGRs and a trip to your local library will arguably provide the same benefits :) You're certainly on the right track with the MyCMGR Community! Bundles of luck moving forward, Jeshe!
1 year, 10 months ago on Gaming and Education: Becoming A Community Manager
The mentormob Team is thrilled to host this wonderful #CMAD event! Thanks to tamcdonald for bringing us all together for our yearly celebration :) Looking forward to seeing more friends in a bit!!
1 year, 10 months ago on Community Manager Appreciation Day 2012
This post is very close to home for me. We're currently developing new ways to recognize user milestones both large and small. It is essential that I, as Community Manager, reward them for their contributions... now we're hoping the new features we're building will motivate our users to recognize EACH OTHER. I echo Meg and thank you for sharing your expertise! Really appreciate this one :)
1 year, 11 months ago on Where Does Community Generated Content Come From?
meganlarsen4 Hey, that's my favorite too! Haha. Absolutely, I would LOVE to chat more about startups and dish on our experiences. We'll have to set something up after our momentous introduction in person at UNConference!
1 year, 11 months ago on Megan Larsen: Community Manager
Very cool. Congrats Megan on landing this great position! Another startup gal, I love it! :immediately follows Megan on twitter: ;)
Looking forward to meeting/chatting it up at UNconference!!
tamcdonald Tim I'd be honored. Why don't we reconnect and discuss how I can help in this regard after the holiday? You know where to find me :)
1 year, 11 months ago on Community Managers: Expect the Unexpected
KT_Little I can totally relate to confused family bit. They too were unsure of what work I was doing or if the little startup that hired me would gain any ground. It's a wonderful feeling when family and friends understand that we're doing something pretty greart :) Good luck to you in all your personal and professional endeavors! Happy New Year!
Katie, you are bringing me back! I too had no idea what a community manager was when I was given the position a year ago. Ryland Devero wrote a post last month on the importance of listening to your community. I agree listening to their conversations and learning what makes your community tick is essential to help it grow. Personally, I've also learned to listen to the CM Pros of my personal community. Those who are pioneering our profession are the best resources for advice and inspiration.
tamcdonald Brilliant point, Tim. I agree completely! The "silent humming" sound of brain power shared by a group of people collecting ideas is absolutely inspiring. Can't wait for more collaboration in 2012!
1 year, 11 months ago on 12 Most Inspiring Sources of Inspiration for 2012
I love this Tim :)
What is giving me inspiration leading into 2012? The art of Innovation. Fresh ideas developed by curious minds inspire me everyday. Reminds me that anything is possible!