πŸ“» β€” Video Communities, Wireframing Tools, and Self-Awareness

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Morning friends!

I’ve got a backlog of links that I have to share with you. So, let’s just jump into it! Enjoy!

Also: LMK if you like these “link-heavy” type of issues (hit “reply”)!

To infinity & community,

β€” john


Video and Communities:

A fascinating look into how more folks are going to YouTube for news:

The content analysis also finds that most of these independent channels are centered around an individual personality – often somebody who built their following through their YouTube channel – rather than a structured organization.

I share this because I believe that video is still one of the most under-used tools in terms of communities and community-building. In fact, this project started out as a YouTube channel which I update daily to > 60k subscribers.

We actually did exactly what this analysis describes as we were a personality-driven news channel where my cofounder and I published 10+ videos per day! It worked and it still works.


Two Free Wireframing Tools I Love:

I’ve been seriously crushing on two mockup / wireframing / user flow tools, one of which I used to even diagram out how I wanted our own newsletter stack to function and operate:

The two tools are Wireflow (example above) and Whimsical which I’ve used more professionally for our the software platform I’m working on:

I can imagine using these tools to model out user experiences and community strategies, among many other use cases. Enjoy!


A Few Link Sprinkles:

A few links that I’m sure you’d find interesting:

Remotion looks very cool and seems to be taking the remote work to the next level β€” reminds me of Tandem.chat a bit.


I talk a lot about self-awareness and I believe it’s one of the most important skills that one can develop, as a person and as a professional.

I was listening to this podcast and interview with Michael Hyatt, a long-time friend who was shared this wisdom:

Well, I think one of the biggest challenges for most leaders is self-awareness. You know, all of us leave a wake as we go through life.

You know, I can think back when I was at Thomas Nelson and we had some guys that were our private equity partners and not to write on them too much, because I know you guys were investors and all that, but, you know, they would come in oftentimes and sit at our quarterly meetings with my executive team.

And I remember one in particular where we had this phenomenal quarter. I mean, even in the midst of the recession, we had this great quarter. And so we were talking about what was going right. And everybody’s kind of queued up to give their presentation and feeling really good.

But these guys basically cut us off at the knees about probably 10 minutes into the presentation and said, yeah, yeah, we get what’s going right. We want to talk about the stuff that’s going wrong. I mean, you could just hear the air go out of the room because these guys fundamentally lacked self-awareness.

Michael Hyatt

I think of how we, as leaders of community, can do this through our digital spaces and how often we complain about our members lacking self-awareness while we are, in fact, in deficit ourselves!

Bingo.


Mohammed Rafy shared this tool above with me and I wanted to share it here as well. Appreciate that! I’m always down to check out new tools β€” I’ve even created a new page where you can submit news, tips, and even announcements that I can review.


Mark recently released his book on communities with a glowing foreword by Xiaoyin Qu, the founder and CEO of Run The World:

Mark has really figured out a scalable, repeatable process to build strong community that can last smoothly, despite big turmoil like the one we are in today.

Boom.

Random:

  • How to Take Meeting Notes β€” Useful, especially because I use a lot of my own meeting notes as content (near the end).
  • Viral effects are not network effects β€” These people are smarter than me (which is why I read them). Useful for thinking through community growth and the different ways we might approach it.
  • Is Writing a Book Worth It? β€” I’ve never written a book, just edited one before. But, we honestly need more community-centric literature out there, so, if you have a book to promote, hit me up!

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