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September 5, 2011 Five reasons why you should get involved in #CommsChat every week by Adam Vincenzini

By Adam Vincenzini

A little over 12 months ago, Emily Leary and I had a simple idea – gather up enough people to stage a weekly Twitter chat about media and communications at a European-friendly time.

After about six months of staging #CommsChat in our spare time, we both agreed that it needed a more ‘full-time’ parent and that’s where Andrew Thomas and his team stepped in.

Andrew’s shared his vision for the re-launched #CommsChat and it looks terrific.

If you haven’t participated in #CommsChat before or curious to know what all the fuss is about, here are five reasons why you should take part every week.

1.    Free industry knowledge – Like many of you, I’ve lost count of the sheer number of industry events you can attend nowadays. Instead of putting all your eggs in one costly basket, engage with the industry professionals who take part in #CommsChat each week and exchange knowledge and opinions with them…for free!
2.    Understand how online communities work – There is so much talk about ‘online communities’ and the role they play within the broader social media eco-system. #CommsChat is an ‘actual’ community you can participate in and learn from, both from a passive and active perspective.
3.    Challenge and be challenged – Your involvement in #CommsChat can be anything you want it to be. Some people like to sit back and take it all in, while others will put radical thoughts forward and encourage debate. It is totally up to you.
4.    Learn new stuff – The media and communications space moves quickly and due to its format and size, so does #CommsChat. If an industry trend begins to emerge, you can chat about it as it happens, not six months later when you’re grappling with the next one.
5.    Meet nice people – While the PR industry in particular suffers from a poor reputation at times, the people who take part in #CommsChat are the ones setting a really good example for everyone else to follow. If you’ve just entered the UK scene or trying to get back amongst it, this is a great place to start.

There are a bunch of other reasons why you should get involved in #CommsChat every week but I’ll let you discover those for yourself.

Have fun!

Adam


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Comments

  1. Great post Adam, I have participated in #commschat a few times before and picked up some great industry insights which is particularly useful for those working in online communications. Also a great way to meet some good new contacts. I think that a lot of professionals who would enjoy being able to participate don’t know how to, so it would be useful to post some information on how newbies can join?

    by Aimee Carmichael (@aimee1986) : September 5, 2011 : 5:46 pm

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