The Movie: The Breakfast Club
The Lesson: You never know who you can learn from.
When you’re on your Community, you are in a room with hundreds or thousands of people who have different knowledge and different expertise than you. It may not be immediately obvious who can help you, but with a Community, you can connect in ways that might surprise you.
Look for help in unlikely places. All profile information is searchable, as is all content on and uploaded to the Community, so when you are looking for expertise or information on a subject, check not only content results in your searches, but also people results as well. You can then use the direct message or @mention functionalities to reach out. Who knows? The expert you need may have been sitting two desks or two blocks away from you the whole time.
Does that answer your question?
Sincerely yours, the Community Club
The Movie: Ferris Beuler’s Day Off
The Lesson: Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once and a while, you could miss it.
The Activity Streams can be the most useful tools for you to keep your finger on the pulse of the whole Community, your topics of interest, and your personal connections, but only if you take a moment of your time to stop and look.
Take the convertible out for a spin. Search, discover, and follow people, places, content, and tags that you care about. Put some miles on that mouse! Don't worry, if you put the car in reverse, the miles will come off the odometer.
Be who you want to be. Use the Community as a platform to create a persona for yourself. Be honest in all you write. The Community is an online tool where you can pen insights and responses that share your best opinions. You too can be Abe Froman, the Sausage King of Chicago.
The Movie: Ratatouille
The Lesson: Anyone can cook.
In Ratatouille, Chef ___’s motto is that “anyone can cook,” and what Remmy, the main character, who happens to also be a rat, teaches us throughout the film is that this doesn’t necessarily mean that any Joe or Sally who picks up a skillet will be able to make a perfect filet, but rather that the most spectacular chefs could come from anywhere
Expand your Network.
- The All Activity news stream is nice to check in on every once in a while because it shows you what’s happening throughout the Community, so you may stumble upon something relevant or interesting to you that you would not have found otherwise.
- Pay some attention to the things your personal connections comment on and reply to. There's always room to grow your network within a Community and you may very well be just a few degrees of separation from a contact that has the answer to your question or a skill set you need to tap into.
- If you are looking for an expert (the best soufflé maker in the company, for example), post your search to the entire community and to specific portions of the community (the Internal community, for example) through a question with relevant @mentions.
Find and Share Recipes in the Social Cookbook.
- With Community comes the ability to have a voice and reach an expansive audience. You have stories, opinions, lessons, best practices, ideas, photos, jokes! Take the thoughts in your brain and put them on (virtual) paper. Think about when you got started in community and how amazing it was to learn from other master chefs. As you learn and grow, share your knowledge to the social cookbook. Ready to get started, learn about the JiveWorks Blogging Guidelines.