As a part of Practice week, Me and Mehul setup sometime and discussed about the following cases.
CASE-1: The mentee is an active functional area contributor who has contributed to a couple of projects but this is the first time he’ll be involved in a community. He wants to learn how he can reach out to people inside and outside the community to grow and make quality contributors.
Mehul as a Coachee: Thoughts:
Self approach : I can do it, you can do it ; this is what Mehul Follows
Self assess in terms of reputation - Carrying out the brand value with his quality of delivering a talk
Mobilize - Analise if community is ready to take this up or not
Approach the coach to take feedback.
Power of questions to attendees-- ask - do you like to work/ work in team/ your area of expertize…/do you learn something new.
Ensure to share the precise information which makes the people feel it interesting.
Being confident and the attendees must embrace “Teach yourself” way of participation.
Some of key things Mehul mentioned which I think are very important in Mobilizer which will help to grow the community and helps to make quality contributors are as follows:
- You have to know how to ensure that information is accurate.
- You have to know how to illustrate a point and make it interesting to a listener.
- You need to learn how to remain confident while sensitive to others while standing among or in front of many people.
- You need to know how to lead a discussion without being bossy
- Teach these to yourself.
[Dinesh as a coach] Observations & Feedback:
- Learn by doing. ++1 for this approach
- I really liked the approach which Mehul has come up with. (+1) for Aligning with brand value in community
** The contributors will Be able to work as a mobilizer to empower a community
** The contributors will be able to coordinate or manage a team of mobilizers
**The contributors will be able to train new mobilizers
- I only have one suggestion - A functional doer who is an expert must assess the attendees by getting into their shoes just to undertsand their level of understanding a technical area - before delivering a talk/workshop
- After the successful talk/event, A functional doer - should be available (social channels etc) to help the people who approached him post event (offline/online). This motivates people to work more.
CASE-2: Being a new rep, the mentee wants to be more involved in being a leader in his community. His community had a lot of achievements before, but it all stalled as community members slowly became inactive due to organizational changes, community conflicts and shifting priorities. He wants to learn how he can move forward as it feels like a big task to him that he isn’t even sure if he can do something about.
[Mehul as a Coachee] Thoughts/ideas:
Sharing the real time experiences of forming a Gujarat Community:
- Analyze the social media communications to understand what the community is upto.
- Less Communication & lack of leadership wrt to building a local community.
- identification of problem & find a solution
- Made a proper communication with senior contributors and got to know about feedback and suggestions
- Set up meetup and talked about future plans - Listening happened
- Organizing fests by inviting new people to take talks which motivates them to take leadership.
- Focus on people who are interested and who aligns with the mozilla.
- Being a community, take part in Local fest and invite member to be part there and present their skills; this way they boost their confidence and you will get a upcoming leaders in community
- Regular communication in calls/telegram
- creating platforms on social media to reach far about community.
- Encourage and appreciate people who are contributing to both tech n non-tech.
[Dinesh as a coach] Observations & Feedback:
- Good approach and did a good job. Gujarat is one of the active community in India now. I feel this is an inspiring story. Kudos Mehul!
- One suggestion which helps to strengthen at this point is, Inviting more contributors(ex. developers) from different platforms/communities and making them involve in our projects by sharing the success stories/projects which are working on. This way we can build a strong developer community base.
- Throwing some limelight on the contributors who are doing good and making them to bring out new people to the community.
- Evangelize the amazing works we are doing in our community at a tech-conference will help to bring valuable contributors.
@rowdymehul Thanks for sharing! Looking forward to listen more such thoughts in next call.
Thanks for reading,