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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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Message 2 of 3: Charlotte Mannion on 19/03/2012
I am not sure this is a new phenomena Ten years ago running the start up programmes for new business owners was just as disappointing. They would sign up but not turn up or just waited for the day to see if anything else turned up instead. We still run the Thames Valley TB group which meets every six weeks. 45 or so trainers on the mailing list and we have a core 10 or so who always come a small core group who remember to send apologies and some who never come and never reply to the invite.
Scary if it turns out to be a trainer thing!

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Message 3 of 3: Michelle McArthur on 19/03/2012
I think that it is a widespread phenomena, I think that there is so much out there with the likes of Linked In, Twitter, Blogs, webinars etc etc etc plus all of the face to face stuff and no one wants to miss anything, so everyone signs up for everything and then prioritises on the day if it is a webinar or meeting.With discussion threads etc, I think it is down to their personal hot topics of the moment and they get drawn into the discussion. As we are social beings, and a basic need is to have a sense of belonging, if we then get engaged and accepted into discussion, we are more likely to keep going back until such time as the hot topic is superceded by another hot topic and then we move on.
I think that time is such a valuable and scare resource and life moves at such a fast pace that the norm is now to have short lived relationships, we are used to coming together for a specific purpose and then are quite at ease with moving on when the purpose has been fulfilled or is no longer of interest to us.

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