Communities of Practice have become a bit of buzzword in corporate training recently; everyone seems to be setting them up.
I've been running online communities (of different types) for many years now, and it's important to point out that it requires a different set of skills to set one up and support one than to create a piece of e-learning! What's more, if done properly, it requires a significant time investment in terms of maintaining it on an ongoing basis.
Here are 10 pieces of advice that I give to those who are thinking of setting up an online community.
- Be clear about the purpose of the Community
- Use the most appropriate technology to host your Community
- Be clear about who owns the Community
- Invite some friendly early users to test out your Community
- Consider a viral launch for your Community
- Make sure you show people how participating in the Community can become part of their daily routine
- Keep the Community alive and vibrant
- Understand that not everyone will contribute to the Community
- Be as much a participant as a Community Manager
- Do not underestimate the time it takes to nurture a Community
Want to find out more? Find out about the Workshop I offer: HOW TO SET UP AND RUN AN ONLINE COMMUNITY