In the last 10 years of my life I have finally taken some tests to find out “what type of person I am”. That last sentence was really weird to type and feels even more weird for me to read back to myself. I mean, how can you live most of your life and not know who you are? Well, I’m not just talking about standard personality or IQ tests. I’m talking about things like Sally Hogshead’s F-score, Dr. Janice Presser’s Teamability, and a few others. See, when I experienced these processes, I not only got a better understanding for how I think or operate, but for the first time in my life, I felt like I belonged somewhere. By simply having a definition of the outcome of a series of questions, I knew that there must be others like me out there.
Enter the craze we call social media. Through hyper-connecting on social sites, I’ve found many people that share my same thoughts on different subjects. In other words, I have connected with like-minded individuals. Many of those individuals are now part of the immediate or extended community of mycmgr.com. I’ve always loved being a connector of people and ideas. I’ve always loved to tear down walls and get people across the silos communicating. I’ve always had the ability to get a group of people to do, well, just about anything. I love making people laugh, and I love it with a plan comes together.
I started hanging out on Fridays with this group over Google+ hangouts. A few times, when Tim was moving across the country, I stepped in to help the show go on. Now, hanging out with other community managers has become a habit for me. If I ever have to miss a week, I feel a bit empty inside. It’s here that I’ve learned that being a community manager is much more than just responding to Facebook wall posts and tweets to your brand. I’ve learned that studying tribes, human traits, gamification, anthropology, psychology, and a bunch of other ‘ologies really help you understand people – how they are all different, and under what circumstances they come together. It’s our jobs, through different platforms, to connect these people around a purpose. Community Managers understand people and know how to connect them together to reach goals. (ReTweet That)
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