Best Ways To Increase Engagement Within Your Community with Peter Ekene

We had a #tweetchat with Peter Ekene, he is a Software Engineer and facilitator at AndelaNG. The topic of the chat was focused on “Best Ways To Increase Engagement Within Your Community”. This conversation is for community managers, community members, and communities that are looking to grow engagement within and also increase community members.

Below is the conversation between Ingressive and Peter on Twitter. You can check out the hashtag here #IngressiveChatWithPeter

We're about to start our tweetchat with @kenny_io, and we'll be chatting about community building and how to increase engagement in your community.  Join the conversation #IngressiveChatWithPeter

 
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@kenny_io 

It's good to be here!!, thanks for this opportunity to share my thoughts on this amazing topics.

@_Ingressive_
Welcome Peter! We are happy to have you here. Let's start with the basics, what is community building? 

@kenny_io

Getting courses for developers/designers at free/subsidized rates, organizing events, conferences, hackathons, volunteering, mentoring, teaching, attracting opportunities are all different ways we can all help build our immediate communities. 

@_Ingressive_ This is awesome! To the next question, how do you do community building?

@kenny_io 

Anything you do for the benefit of the community is community building like I mentioned, it could be volunteering to take up roles at community events, helping developers get access to more opportunities, organizing and co-organizing these events 

@_Ingressive_

Ah, nice! To the main topic of the day. How do you increase engagement in your community?

@kenny_io
There are a few ways you can go about this, First, I’ll say that one of the best ways to increase engagement in communities is to initiate engaging activities for the community.
With this feeling, next time, he/she will want to do more than just attend because generally, people are more inclined to give their best when they know that their best will make a difference.

@_Ingressive_
That was a lot and it was very insightful, you mentioned tools earlier. Advising a community manager, what are some effective tools for community building online? ‏ 

@kenny_io
First, I’ll say, have a Slack channel, Telegram group or whatever works for your community. Somewhere you can all come together online and talk about your ideas and activities.

You can also use Trello for task assignments. If there’s an upcoming event or program, it will help you in managing individual tasks and collaborations within the community. 

Discourse is also a great tool for dynamically managing discussion threads. Finally, social media is your best tool, I'll say: use Twitter to your advantage and you will have an amazing community both on and offline.

@_Ingressive_ 

It’s been amazing, with you enlightening us with massive information. To cap this #tweetchat, we’ll be asking the last question, is community-building mission-critical for knowledge sharing?

@kenny_io 

I'll say that community building plays a vital role in sharing knowledge, but I wouldn’t say it is ‘mission critical’. 

Of course, things like conferences, free courses, community projects are all avenues that expose members to learning and collaboration but as much as they do help... #IngressiveChatWithPeter

I still believe that people who are not privileged to have access to these things can still learn and be great at whatever they want #IngressiveChatWithPeter

Would I rather learn alone than with a community of like minds? I will choose the later, but that’s just me, if you choose to go a different route, you will still be fine. 


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