Tweet how you connect with community bannerHow do YOU build a community around your startup or your idea? How do you connect with your startup community?  Share with us in 6 words “What you do get in touch with startup community”? Remember, community building secrets in 6 words, no more and no less. And you can win amazing prizes. We’ll be announcing winners on the day of our next meetup on 30th Aprilr!

How to Submit Think hard and think long, get creative or get real! Make a statement or just have fun. Submit your great idea, Write a tweet with the six words on how you connect with your community, and include#Social #Igniter6Word @Vorkspace

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Examples:

  • Facebook, twitter, youtube, cover them all #Social #Igniter6word @Vorkspace
  • Blog helps build, newsletter help maintain #Social #Igniter6word @Vorkspace
  • Facebook, facebook, facebook. Like, share, follow. #Social #Igniter6word @Vorkspace
  • Start early, keep going, never end  #Social #Igniter6word @Vorkspace

You think you can do better than that? We will see. Start Tweeting now! And remember, share your tweets and get as many of your friends to retweet them as possible, to increase your chances to win! No limits to the number of entries submitted per person. Contest ends 30th Apr 2014 (Wenesday), 7pm PDT. Winners will be announced at our next meetup. (winners must be present at the meetup to redeem prizes).

Prizes: A total of 3 winners with the best ideas will be selected based on the number of “retweets” and “favorites” of your idea, as well as our internal panel of judges.  Tweet NOW!!! :)

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Best team building activities for REMOTE teams!

by Wendy Soon on April 21, 2014

iStock_000005904003Smallbanner2Following up on our previous blog post on “best team building activities”, you wonder, these are not useful at all for remote teams!! I agree. So here are now some recommendations for team building activities for REMOTE and VIRTUAL teams:

 

  1. Virtual office tour — Since you’re using technology to do your work, why not use it to the maximum to bond with your team? Give your fellow teammates a tour of your office, using your laptop webcam. Have a walk around your workspace, show off your desk, your office digs, and your dog. Then have them do the same.

  2. Decorating contest — Expand the virtual office tour into a workspace decorating contest. This can be physical (decorate a work desk or a computer monitor), or virtual (decorating the desktop). Have a closing date or time to the contest, and have team members take a picture of their creation. Post the photos to a shared space and take a poll. (Optional: do it live! Have a video-conference so everyone can show off their creation over their webcams, and even rally team members for their vote!)

  3. Virtual gossip — Make it a point to call one team member a day (or a week) to talk only about non-work matters. Chat about movies, your weekend, or your upcoming vacation plans.  (Optional: If time zone differences is not an issue in your team, expand this to virtual coffee chats or virtual happy hours. Create a fixed coffee break time for all your team members to gather and gossip together, even if it is over the internet.)

  4. Go social — Make full use of all the social networking platforms out there. Facebook, LinkedIn, Yammer, etc. Make clear that these platforms are only for non-work-related discussions, so as to encourage light chats and sharing of personal comments.

  5. Plan a meal (30 minutes) — Split your team into 2 or more smaller groups, asking them to plan a seven course meal each. After 15 minutes, have each group present their selections. Then, together as a single team, come up with one menu. The “light bulb moment” in this activity is that more heads are better than one, and that the best solutions are usually the result of a group effort. (Optional: have a post-game debrief with the teams, to talk about how they went about the process of brainstorming and communicating as a virtual group. What communication tactics worked well? What frustrations were there, and how could those be resolved in future situations?)

  6. Virtual charades (0.5-1 hour) — This is especially applicable to teams that usually set up video conferences for meetings. It will have everyone working together, solving problems and having fun along the way. Charades requires the player to mime or imitate a certain action or subject that the rest of the team has to figure out. For teams who use voice chats more often than video chat, try Voice Charades instead. The player needs to imitate the sound of an object or person, such as printer sounds, R2D2, traffic jams, President George Bush, jogging along the beach.  (Optional: have a drawing version of charades, using virtual whiteboards such as Scribblar and Syncpad. To decide who will go first, enter all team member names onto a site such as Random.org and choose the first name that shows up)

  7. Spin a Tale (15-30 minutes) – This fun game fosters creativity and helps team members think on their feet. During a meeting, make up the first line of a story. Then ask team members to take turns and add each subsequent line until a whole plot develops! Let the story go along on its own path and deviations. This is the fun part of the game; you never know what perils or fortunes can occur next! You cannot start thinking of the statement you want to add until you hear the previous person’s contribution, because the plot can change drastically with each statement! The best thing is, even though your team may develop favourite start tags, the story will never end up the same! In other words, you learn how to think innovatively. Here are some ways you can start your tale:

  • It was an unusual Monday morning…

  • BOOM!

  • The coffee overflowed…

  • 15 years, 15 months and 15 days later, I finally saw it in my letter box…

  • As I reversed into the parking lot…

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Social Hacking around your Startup – with Tatyana Kanzaveli

April 14, 2014

Mother Theresa once said of herself, that “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” The same applies to our startups. Many of us dream of disruptive innovations that can change the world. We want to be the next Steve Jobs who changed the […]

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Infographic: 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teams

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Our recent blog post on the 7 habits of highly effective teams was very popular, so here we are, providing it once again, but as an infographic so you can easily share it with your friends!  

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How to Deal with Conflict in REMOTE teams

March 31, 2014

Following our earlier blog post on how to deal with conflicts within the team, here we will talk about how to deal with conflicts within REMOTE teams. Any kinds of teams can have conflicts. The difference in remote teams is that there can be conflicts more often, or conflicts can go unnoticed and undealt with […]

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Absorbing 50 Years of Networking Wisdom – Mike Macedonio

March 26, 2014

The last meetup ended with (as usual) a blast. It was a special meetup that not only featured Mike Macedonio with his 50 years of network hacking tips, but fellow Igniter Susan Moskowitz also officially launched Mrs Moskowitz Munchies at the event! We gladly summarized all the tips from Mike Macedonio in our blog post. Full […]

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Top Secrets to Networking – with Mike Macedonio

March 19, 2014

Networking is “the process of developing and activating relationships to increase your business, enhance your knowledge, expand your sphere of influence, or serve the community.”   At tonight’s meetup, Mike Macedonio shared with us his theories and tips to networking, collected from his 50 years’ of networking experience, be it establishing his own business, or […]

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13 Top Team Building Activities

March 18, 2014

We have mentioned multiple times in our blog posts, that team building activities are essential in creating a closely-knit, happy and productive A-team. But what activities EXACTLY are team building activities? Which are the most effective (and low cost, low time-consuming) ones? We believe the best team building activities not only serve to increase communication […]

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Tweet YOUR Secrets to Networking – and Win a Prize!

March 13, 2014

Successful American businessman and investor Robert Kiyosaki once said, that while “the richest people in the world look for and build networks, everyone else looks for work”. That describes the importance of networking in success. How do YOU network? What are your secrets to networking?  Share with us in 6 words “What are your secrets to […]

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9 ways to help your project team stay focused

March 11, 2014

Break it up. The biggest hurdle to focusing is when there is so much to do there is no way to focus. Break up projects into manageable, bite-sized chunks for your team. The total amount of work will not change, but the perception of work will create a psychological effect of it being “easier” to […]

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