Hey team. I’m working on another new project. A community organizing guide for novices. My goal is to provide a useable toolkit to help regular people like you and I get in action to develop our communities to be in action and in purposed service for our futures.
Are you a leader currently giving back to your community? -or- Are you looking to get out of your head and into action to develop your community for your family and friends?
I’m looking for 100 Community Leaders to participate in a survey uncovering our strengths, needs, and goals we’ve identified on our journey to community empowerment.
Could you support me with your feedback and 10 minutes of your time.
It’s simple. 2016 was the year of exploring and pushing for growth.
2017 is the year of me doing everything in my hearts desire.
Cuz I Aint Playin With Yall!
I really don’t even care. I’m going so hard in the fucking paint I don’t even have time to be scared or nervous.
Cuz I Aint Playin With Yall.
There’s so much that needs to be done. So much activity that needs to happen. So much organizing. So much enrichment.
I don’t even mean to whine. I just want to be in action, personally engaged, and an agent of change.
Cuz I Aint Playin With Yall.
I’m so ready to be selfish in this. Its well over do!
Cuz I Aint Playin With Yall.
There’s so much abundance in the world. I have the ability to bring forth whatever change, growth, and community I wish to bring forth. I’m lucky enough to know that I’m skilled and connected enough to make it happen.
I’m Not Even Playin With Yall!
Over this next year I declare to move in action and in purpose of developing and activating my community. You will see my actions and my content reflect that! Today, my communications were purposeful. My messaging intentioned. I asked a buddy of mine. A Powerful and Giving brother. When Are You Going To Step Into Being The Expert!?
I Aint Playin With Yall!
I was asking him. But I was talking to Me! I’m an Expert! I choose to be! I choose to move like one. I choose aspire to be one! An Expert in Developing and Activating My Community!
I am Not Playing With Yall!
I’m getting chills just releasing this. I’m not even playin yall.
It Is Time For the Experts to Stand Up! I Choose To Stand Up! Do You Declare to Step Into Your Leadership in 2017!?
I Do – And I’m not playin Yall!
Share in the comments below and with your friends the ways you want to be held accountable to be your fullest expression of leadership.
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A lot of educators in the room. Both the first and second gathering was filled mostly by educators. I’m curious to know what draws us to these events. I’ve also been unsuccessful drawing and maintaining the attention of non education centered folks. What work can I do to better engage this audience?
I’ve realized that this is difficult to do. I was explaining to a friend that I’m entering a new phase in my skillset, in my work. I’m leaving a phase of education and learning via graduate school and learning a new industry and field of education. I’m not in a creation phase. Trying to create an educational vestige in my own image. Its hard. Its overwhelming. It’s humbling. It makes taking constructive criticism so much more difficult to hear and implement. I’m in a space where I’m re-nervous. Re-insecure of my moves and actions.
People wonder why I’m doing this. What’s the mission? What’s the point? I haven’t developed a clear concise answer for them yet. But I know that the space is necessary and so I’m still trying to carve it out and save it while we figure out what language to prop it up and ground it in.
There have been a variety of men who have attended for a variety of purposes. Coming from many different stages of life and hoping to reap various benefits from such a gathering. My mind is focusing on usefulness. Making the space useful and beneficial for the participants. I think we’re getting there. Again I probably need to expose myself to language from other organizers as they worked to define the specs of their work.
Some more positive reflections is that we stuck to our 2-hour agenda window. That felt good considering some of the feedback of our last one was the difficult position we put attendees in when we went over time. Ending on time actually allowed for natural networking to take place at the end between the men in attendance.
Teacher moves are still on point and applicable. I had forgotten a chord to hook my mac up to the University smart board. Luckily there was a computer already in the room, but I didn’t know the password. With about 20 minutes to go I started frantically making flipchart of all the slides. I was just about done with the flipchart and rearranging a few pieces on the agenda when with 2 minutes to spare we got the password for the classroom computer. I made all of the materials available on Google Drive so it was just a matter of signing in an cueing the materials up from there. I felt good knowing that in the time of a crisis I didn’t panic, came up with an alternative plan and rocked with it whole heartedly in the spur of the moment. That’s absolutely what’s needed.
I must say that I was a bit shocked that it was time to have the second gathering. I was overwhelmed with work. Trying to have a somewhat full personal life. Still readjusting from traveling overseas, and… just drained. I had very little time to properly publicize the event. Luckily, I opened a MeetUp group with supported the engagement of interested community members.
I’m excited to work on the publicity in the future as I know it’s not my strongest area. Which is a perfect segue into two of the most pressing pieces of the work to date. Finding a Name for the group, Determining a mission, and Figuring out the proper Branding. This part is the biggest headache. Probably because I have my undergraduate Public Relations training pushing against my Education training. I absolutely know the importance of a strong image and marketing portfolio. However, I feel like that can easily be developed once I have a strong foundation and understanding of my curriculum and community services. It’s the battle of which one do I focus on first.