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Message 1 of 3: Ed Trayner on 14/03/2012
Hi all

Just a musing sparked by a couple of conversations with members and involvement with other groups.

How much engagement and commitment can be expected from 'members' of groups, networks, forums, institutions?

Having been involved in TB for over 10 years and attempting to provide 'engagement' opportunities I am under no illusion that only a very small minority participate.

One group on another platform has 67k members yet I generally see fewer than a few dozen contributors.

At the height of membership of TB we had generally less than a dozen regular forum contributors, couldn't fill our profile workshops and no longer run any conferences due to lack of 'sufficient' interest and commitment.

I don't have too much of an issue with this anymore; each person has their own agenda and TB is not in a position to fulfil all those agendas. However I overheard a conversation about a group that invited its 2,000 or so members to a telephone conference session on how to best meet the needs of members. Less than a dozen signed up to be involved. At the agreed time of the call only ONE person rang in!

And this isn't just the training industry. I was contracted to run a free IT course; 12 business owners signed up to attend. Course was written, venue booked, food bought in, I turned up in my best bib and tucker and .... one person rang in to say they could not attend and not a dicky bird was heard from the rest. ZERO attendance.

What does this say about engagement and commitment?

Onwards and upwards.

Peter
AKA Ed

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