Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Published Tuesday, May 24, 2016 with 2 comments

Keep Your Social Group Engaged

Having a network of like-minded people getting together for a cause make the purpose more engaging and doable. Cycling, workouts, hobby sports, photography, volunteering, adventure enthusiasts, church, garage band and or any other group can be a great way to stay focused and motivated. Things become so much easier with great company. But at the same time it is equally challenging to keep the group together especially with each member having a job, a family and a life to take care of.

Here are a few tips to spice up your group, keep members engaged and accountable and coming back for more.

Meet Reasonably

This can be the trickiest part. You cannot schedule meetings very often because people would have other things to do and they would not turn up. At the same time, you cannot have very long intervals in between your meetings because people will loose interest. You have to keep the curiosity going. How many meetings would be appropriate? Well that would entirely depend on your group, it’s cause, your dedication to the cause and so many factors. For instance, a workout group would meet everyday but a volunteer group might meet just once a month. While there’s no standard, just keep in mind that there should be a purpose attached to every meeting such that group’s interest stays.

Communicate, communicate, communicate

The flow of communication in a group should be constant. Share the groups achievements, learnings or tasks to do on the group. Make announcements or share details about the next volunteer task to be taken up.

Throw in some fun

Outings, picnics, trekking, camping, volunteering in some remote area, celebrations, birthdays, funny awards, flash mob, street paly etc., there are so many ways to bring in fun and bonding in the group. These fun activities have to cleverly planned keeping in mind the group’s psych, their social status, age group and the purpose that brings the group together. A church group might not necessarily relate to an adventure trip but a volunteering activity for them could be a good idea.

Social media

Make social media presence for the group. Create a FB page, FB group, Twitter handle and other social media accounts to keep things going in the group. Write blogs, share photographs and keep the buzz alive. This will keep the members engaged and enthused.

Communicate, communicate, communicate

Create an instant-messenger group or even better use a team management and communication app like InstaTeam. InstaTeam allows you to schedule team events, communicate though instant-messaging and via email, sends automatic reminders, notifications, facilitates group communication, volunteering, carpooling and so much more. To learn more about InstaTeam click here.

Hope these tips come in handy for you. If you have some fun ideas or tips to keep social groups again, please share them with us in the comments below.


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