The Value of Cultivating Community

I have long since held the view that when it comes to online communities, you reap what you sow. However, you must sow before you can reap. I also feel that our primary intention should be about building relationships with the aim of feeding a community which in turn will feed us.

Taking responsibility for our feelings and understanding how we react to things is perhaps wiser than piling in with our opinions without too much forethought. Feeding those around us with the good things that we feel, rather than focus on being critical, proving how much cleverer we are than others, I feel is a good thing to do. I certainly prefer to be kind rather than right.

You reap what you sow. So …. if that is true then if you want to reap a harvest of pleasantness, positivity, encouragement, support and so on, then you need to sow seeds of pleasantness, positivity, encouragement, support, etc.! It is about cultivating fertile soil and growing relationships that sustain us rather than pouring poison which kills everything.

We also can't expect others to build community for us. I prefer not to leave it to everyone else to sort and so risking invasion of weeds, pests and parasites that arrive in the form of blatant buy-me advertising, scams and spam.

Ultimately, if you want to reap the rewards of having a successful business then it makes sense to sow the seeds that help others to run a successful business too. Each will feed the other. My investment of time, energy, listening, sharing and so on has more than paid me. I am pretty confident that it will continue to do so for some time to come.

Being online should not be just about sales either. Inter-connectivity opens doors for collaboration, partnerships, serendipitous opportunities, purchasing power, market insights, knowledge, learning, as well as things like raising brand awareness and development of our offerings.

How often should we look at the balance of investment and analyse the debits and credits which measure how much we are putting into cultivating community?

Should we expect to 'borrow' before paying back or should we work on cash only basis in which if you haven't invested you can't take anything?




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Richard J Francis

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Listen vs Transmit

Community has had a tough time - because we've adopted this ridiculous "scarcity of time" model. Why - I don't understand. There are still 24 hours in a day, and 7 days in a week. People then panic into "no time - must act, must sell, deliver my pitch, make £££"....busy busy. We need to listen more - and talk less. I don't mean become an aural sponge for the boorish with nothing to say and taking ages not to say it - but clear your mind and listen. It's hard. I'm as big a mouth as anyone at times - but I'm practising. It's where the gold is - and right now - not many prospectors.

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Beth Burgess

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The Value of Cultivating Community

The community is important in all sorts of ways - not only can we support, but we can help each other grow. And the more I grow, the more you grow too, because when I've grown then I can share my connections, wealth, ideas and opportunities with you. If we think of a community like a family, if you help support and grow others, they in turn can be there to support you when they've started to make their way in the world. I feel like I have several parents and several siblings in this community. As time has gone on, I have been able to take more roles than the child that I once was. Although that's not to forget that we all have different things to bring to the table, child, parent or sibling. When I first joined up I remember writing my blog 'What Can I Give You Ecademy?' I thought everyone knew more than me. They probably did, but as I have got to know people, I see people don't necessarily value me for wearing a suit or for knowing what the NASDAQ is doing. They value me for me. The people that have supported me and given me their time and energy, the ones who have made it personal and pleasant, are the ones I will be able to give back the most to. Because I know them, like them and trust them - and I know more about what they do and how well they do it.

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Stella Holman "The Connector"

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The Value of Cultivating Community

Without sales there is no money thought when there is no money people have more time to network and when they are busy, they have less time. Time Management is the key, you need to contribute to your community and support other people on a daily basis and in return they will do the same for you....;-) Happy Networking.....

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Jeff Mowatt

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The Value of Cultivating Community

"What if some businesses were to do things differently? Rather than accept that the responsibility of business was to return a profit to shareholders, what if it made other people the central focus and instead invested in the local community and social objectives?" Changing capitalism for people and planet However, when some see the opportunity to tilt the community to the advantage of a minority, is where community falters. These are they who talk but do not walk, constantly advertising their personal circle. These are those of words and not of deeds. "A man of words and not of deeds is like a garden full of weeds" The self sustaining consultant

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Robert Craven

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The Value of Cultivating Community

I like Being online should not be just about sales either. Inter-connectivity opens doors for collaboration, partnerships, serendipitous opportunities, purchasing power, market insights, knowledge, learning, as well as things like raising brand awareness and development of our offerings.A good point made clearly. RC

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William Buist

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The Value of Cultivating Community

@"We also can't expect others to build community for us." Well said Georgina

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Julia McDaid

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The Value of Cultivating Community

I think you have to give first, and without attaching conditions to it. Borrowiing before paying in only works for the banks ;-) It takes effort to create momentum, so even if you only focus on one small area you can get that moving then start on another Happy Sunny Sunday!

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