Category: Community & Events

Here you’ll find articles and tips for facilitating better events and nurturing richer communities. Check the Engagement category for more on the psychology front.

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What I Learned About Creating Advocates from Leading a Church

If someone asks me how they create advocates, I immediately point them to church. For many years I was a minister, and everything I know about advocacy I learned during that time. In fact, it's my contention that unless we understand advocacy in an offline, non-commercial context, we won't get in an online or a commercial ...

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Review: Oversubscribed, by Daniel Priestley

Can you escape market fluctuation by creating your own micro market? By oversubscribing interest in your offering, you can control the demand and supply chain for your own mini market. In this review I explore how Daniel Priestly suggests we do this in his 2015 book, Oversubscribed. The main idea: your own 'market of me' You ...

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How HMRC runs engaging webinars

In this article we will briefly look at the current state of webinars before we analyse a webinar run by HMRC (the UK tax office), and how you can replicate that on your own webinars. We've all been on more webinars that we can remember, yet few of them were probably memorable. That's because the format that ...

‘Small and social’ vs ‘big and broadcast’

Last night I came upon the phrase ‘small and social’ while reflecting on Brennan Dunn's DYFConf in Europe. Brennan ran a very different type of conference, which as you would expect, was an immersive, engaging experience and therefore very transformational. Yet, this happened in some part by accident, because initially he wanted 100 people to ...

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Rethink public speaking: 5 ways to get off the stage

Are you as good at public speaking as you think you are? Or do you on the other hand think you could never talk to crowds of people? Then this quick post is for you. I am always looking out for great speakers to come and impart their expertise at Like Minds, and one of ...

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Presentations vs Participations

We learn by engaging, asking questions, getting our heads around an issue, right? Then why are conferences full of one way presentations? I clipped this article over a year ago and was re-reading it today, called Presentations vs Discussions. In it, Fred Wilson makes the case that those exceptional class room experiences, those board room meetings that really ...

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If you’re not talking, you’re not learning

In preparing for our Like Minds itinerary this year, I’ve been thinking again about how people learn and how events should help them learn. In particular, I’ve been thinking about a diagram I blogged about almost a year ago now: This is the cone of learning by Edgar Dale, which says that we remember 10% ...

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4 Ways To Focus When You Meet People

You might not believe it but there was a time when I was really bad with people. In fact, I was so bad with people that I have the nickname ‘Scary Scott’ at the Christian Union because whilst I was on-target with my bible skills, I was wildly off-target with my people skills. Luckily, I ...

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Why most blogs miss out on the greatest value they have

This comment from yesterday from Brian Driggs hit’s the spot on why most blogs miss out on the greatest value they have – their readers – by failing to showcase others rather than themselves: It’s hard for me to posit why showcasing is so rare, as it’s been at the center of my online activities ...

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Not A Presentation, A Participation!

I had one of those conversations this week with my dear friend Robin Dickinson. You know what I mean. Where your brain gets turned over in your head and the game plan changes in every way possible. This conversation was about the presentation I’m giving next week at the International Youth Conference Festival in Pakistan. ...