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From Likes to Followers: How to Increase Engagement at your Next Event

In the fall of 2004 I was a freshman at the University of Colorado at Boulder when rumblings of a new site were first being heard. My friends started to sign up for “The Facebook”, but I wasn’t sure if this site was worth my time. By January of 2005, I gave in to the peer pressure and never looked back. A lot has changed in these past twelve years – Facebook has grown from 1.2 million to 1.75 billion users, and the entire concept of social media has changed the way we communicate, connect, and consume.

When planning events for today’s young adults, you cannot lose Dino bouncers sight of the importance of social media. But just having a feed is not enough. Just making a post is not enough. Just picking a hashtag is not enough. In today’s social media-centric landscape, how do you truly engage your conference attendees and increase followership? Here are ten tips to raise the bar and help your event connect like never before. Some may seem obvious, but the key to successful engagement is quality execution.

  1. Go Live: Plan to go live during a few key moments! Perhaps you go Facebook Live as registration begins, the doors to the general session open, or the new officer team is being announced. This engages those not in attendance so they feel a part of the event.
  2. Social Media Wall: There are lots of great options out there, but one we have used before is Tint. Have a station setup in a prime conference location that shows a feed of all the posts from your conference hashtag. Attendees will want to see their posts on the wall, and it becomes a great focal point for your event.
  3. Social Media Shoutouts: Use your general sessions as a moment to recognize attendees who have been posting on social media. Read a few tweets and share a few of your favorite posts onstage in front of everyone. This is a simple way to make your social media shoutout more fun and exciting for the attendees.
  4. Name Badge Ribbons: Attendees love ribbons on their name badges! Have ribbons printed for each social media network your organization is on, and have your leaders hand them out to attendees who can show that they like or follow your page.
  5. Hashtags: Be sure to have an event hashtag identified early and promote it leading up to the event and during the event. Not only does it create dialogue and foster conversation, it also helps you collect great feedback and user generated content! Pick a hashtag that is easy to remember and promote it everywhere you can.
  6. Personalize Content: Think about each network and how your users interact on that network. Your content should look different on Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Think creatively and have fun!
  7. Officer Handles: Do your officers want to engage with members more? Most likely, so make it easy for them! Promote your officer’s social media handles in the program and on screen during the general sessions.
  8. Raffle Prizes: Offer prizes exclusively through your social media channels! Promote them during the sessions, celebrate the winners, and recognize those who participate. But only offer the prizes through your desired social media channels so you are driving traffic where you want.
  9. Snapchat Geofilter: This one is a must for all youth-related events. Be sure to set up a geofilter for your event. Even better, create a few for different moments in the event! Maybe you have one primary conference geofilter, and then a special one for the awards session. Think of when your attendees will want to post the most, and customize geofilters for those moments!
  10. Conference Program: This may seem obvious, but it is not always utilized! The conference program is the number one resource attendees use for information on your event. Be sure to not just list your social media usernames in the program, but include each networks icons (we live in a visual world) and promote the hashtag.

Do you have more ideas? Share your ideas with me on Twitter (@teamtri_sean) and best of luck as you prepare for your upcoming event!


Road Trip Leadership, Part 3: Eight Tools for Making Connections

We’re kicking off the New Year with a three-part series highlighting Road Trip Leadership from our CEO, Ryan Underwood. Whether your next road trip is with your family or friends, you’re about to discover techniques to be more intentional, grow your relationships, deepen your influence and rock that road the next time you’re locked in a car for what can too often seem like “forrrrrrever.” This is the finale of the series.

We’ve talked a lot about theories and models – now let’s boil it down to some awesome tools which you can actually use to intentionally connect on your next road trip:

  1. Tunnel Time: Every time you go through a tunnel or under a highway overpass, everyone hold their breath, touch the inner car roof with both hands (except the driver!), and make as many wishes as possible. Discuss a wish or two after the tunnel ends and you come up for air.
  1. Who Am I?: One person think of someone that everyone in the car knows (family member, friend, celebrity, historical figure, etc.). Give simple clues to the person’s identity with everyone else guessing the correct answer.  Keep going in rounds until someone guesses correctly then pass the baton and let another person lead it.
  1. Theme Song: This one combines your music with observing what’s going on around you. Each person takes a turn using music from their mobile device to play a song that fits what’s going on in the world outside the car (e.g. people in other cars, scenery, construction, weather, town names, etc.).
  1. Who are They?: Choose another group of travelers (e.g. folks you saw at a rest stop or car on the road) and make up a story about where they are from and where they are going.
  1. Family Road Trip Box of Questions: This is a super product from Melissa and Doug filled with great questions and games to engage with your fellow travelers on road trips (whether they are family or not).  Here are some samples:
  • What’s the funniest thing that has ever happened to you while traveling?
  • If you could invite an additional person on this trip, whom would you choose?
  • What would you do together if you had an extra week on this trip?
  • What’s your travel style: drive directly to your destination or take your time and see the sights?
  • What city or sight can you visit over and over and over again without getting bored?
  • Of all the cities or towns you have traveled through so far, which has the best name?
  • Which famous person would you like to be stuck with for a three day road trip?
  • If you could invent something to make car travel easier, what would it be?
  • Name two great things about traveling with the person on your right.
  • If you could personalize your license plate, what would it say?
  • If you could write a book about this road trip, what would the title be?
  1. Table Topics: Marvelous product from Ruby Mine, Inc. that comes in a variety of topics and challenge levels.  An easy way to play is simply take turns asking everyone in the car a question and give everyone a chance to answer. A next level approach is for someone to choose a question, and let everyone else guess how another person would answer. No time to order a box of table topics?  Don’t worry, they have an App version you can download here!
  1. Prime Time! If you’ve got enough time to plan for your road trip, head to and order “Chat Packs, A Bit of Banter”, or “HYPERtheticals”. Various levels of fun, engagement, and thought provoking conversations await you.
  1. Trivia Thursday: If you’re not the driver and you are a fan of Twitter, check out TeamTRI’s Twitter handle @TeamTRI.  Each Thursday we post random trivia and randomly select a winner. You could win your very own copy of 5 Gears by Steve Cockram and Jeremie Kubicek. And, if you’re currently on your trip, just search #triviathursday for great questions you can take turns asking in your car.  We’ve got over years’ worth of weekly trivia to keep you busy for a few miles! Keep score! The person who wins the least buys the person who wins the most their favorite treat at the next rest stop!

Leader time is all the time—including and especially road trips! Be intentional and see how connected and positively memorable you can make your next adventure with family and friends.

Happy travels!

Road Trip Leadership, Part Two: Two Leadership Models to Help You Hit the Road

We’re kicking off the New Year with a three-part series highlighting Road Trip Leadership from our CEO, Ryan Underwood. Whether your next road trip is with your family or friends, you’re about to discover techniques to be more intentional, grow your relationships, deepen your influence and rock that road the next time you’re locked in a car for what can too often seem like “forrrrrrever.” This finale of this three-part series will run Friday, so buckle up!

By now you may be wondering, “Is this blog series about leadership, travel, or family?” The answer is YES.

2 Models

From a leadership perspective, before you get to lead your team or your organization well, building your leadership influence first begins with yourself and your family.

It’s easy to work on your personal leadership and millions do each day. And, according to Forbes, $70 billion was spent in the U.S. and $130 billion worldwide last year on training and leadership to build teams — so we’re literally investing tons to build organizational leadership. But the real key to growing your leadership influence happens right around you, every day, and it’s called FAMILY. And road trips, as my Mom taught me, can be powerful time to build your connections, your leadership influence, and your family.

5 Circles

My leadership mentors Steve Cockram, Jeremie Kubicek, Mike Oppedahl, and Dan Frey from GiANT Worldwide have been coaching me the past two years on how to really grow as a leader by using everyday moments to be intentional instead of accidental in each Sphere of Influence (see their model above). The family Sphere of Influence is especially easy to overlook as a busy executive, leader or entrepreneur. The demands of the day can easily feel like a priority over the people in your own home. But, if you think about it, your family can be the toughest place in the world to lead, so if you can be even modestly successful in that sphere, leading your team or organization could actually be a breeze in comparison!

Understanding what Steve, Jeremie, Mike and Dan talk about has been easy because they are GiANTS who have done this with their own families for years and you can see the love, affection, support, connection and grace that overflows from them. Understanding is one thing. Following is another. It’s one thing to admire another’s approach, it’s yet another to follow it, and yet another when you get to finally experience the richness of family leadership for yourself. The good news is — it’s never too late to get intentional!

But, the real question isn’t why family leadership is important — it’s “how do you do it?”  Jeremie and Steve have been teaching us the “5 Gears” model to help us be maximally engaged at home, work, and play. We’re not ninjas at this yet, but we have a whole new tool and language we use that has been helping us a great deal in each Sphere of Influence.

5 Gears

Prior to learning “5 Gears”, I would wake up each day and head straight to Fourth Gear – working hard on important projects with and for important people. At the end of all that hard work, I’d join my family but in my most exhausted state trying to re-charge while my most important people (Carrie, Maddy and Belle) needed me on their most important projects.  I was failing at Second Gear — being present, alive, and really intentionally connected in the closest and most important Sphere of Influence.

And sadly, I’m not the only parent, human, or leader experiencing this. According to A.C. Nielson the average parent spends 38.5 MINUTES per week (not per day!) in meaningful conversation with their children. The lack of connection with family is often at the root of so many issues people face later in life ranging from eating disorders and depression to failing grades or unhealthy relationships.

And, that’s where a great road trip can be an effective tool and opportunity for your leadership growth.  It’s not time for quiet and contentment…it is time for connection and conversation.  Whether the folks in your car are related by DNA, a school trip for sports, band, or CTSOs, a trek to church camp, or you’re with colleagues headed to a business meeting—drive time is leader time!

Next time, we’ll dive into tools for intentionally connecting on a road trip!

6 Influential SlideShare Presentations for the Holidays! #12DaysOfLeadership

Welcome to TeamTRI’s 12 Days of Leadership! From now until Christmas we’ll be celebrating the holiday season by sharing 12 days of powerful leadership ideas, resources and content. We hope these articles get you in the holiday spirit and ready to go lead the world to greatness! Today’s article is by Danielle Tolentino Tuason (@TeamTRI_DTT)

Even with the hustle and bustle of the season, there is something about the cold weather, warm fireplaces, and comforting holiday music that has us spending more time at home.  What do you do with your extra time at home?  Perhaps you choose to flip through the channels to see what is on TV, catch up on shows on Netflix, see what’s fun and interesting on YouTube, or settle in with a really great book.

Well, here is another option for you as you look to take a break from the shopping, the crowds, and the holiday parties – Learn and be visually entertained through SlideShare!  SlideShare began with a simple goal: To share knowledge online. It is THE online community when it comes to sharing presentations and other professional content.

So grab some hot chocolate with marshmallows, sit back, relax, and build your knowledge with these easy-to-view SlideShare presentations.  Here are six of our favorites:


Twitter: @guykawasaki @empoweredpres

In 2012, Guy Kawasaki, entrepreneurship guru, delivered a keynote speech to the graduates at Menlo College.  Captured in a visually fun Slide Share presentation by Empowered Presentations, viewers will learn his 10 key hindsights about life that are on point for new graduates!



Twitter: @SOAPprez

Tired of boring presentations and ineffective visuals on screen?  Enter…SOAP Presentations!  SOAP stands for State of the Art Presentations and they aim to create resources for anyone making presentations.  What is most appealing is that their resources are also great examples of eye catching, professional, and effective presentation visuals.  Check out their 10 tips on powerful body language.



Twitter: @PowerfulPoint @lawnrocket @DisneyPixar

Still have the cup of hot chocolate?  Well, you may want to grab a bowl of popcorn as well.  It’s movie night!  For years we have been entertained by the stories of Pixar.  Whether it’s Pixar shorts, or full length films, Pixar has developed the key formulas to captivating an audience with storytelling.  Learn some of their rules of storytelling as presented by PowerfulPoint featuring Tweets by Emma Coats, formerly of Pixar.



Twitter: @HubSpot

Interested in an advertising or marketing career? This is the SlideShare presentation for you. An insightful overview of what the needs are in the industry and how you can bring value to the ever-changing landscape of marketing. This presentation was created by HubSpot, a company presenting a more modern spin on marketing, who has posted over 700 presentations on their SlideShare channel.



Twitter: @TeamTRI

Whether we recognize it or not, we are on the verge of welcoming a new generation. Defined in this presentation as the Zoomer Generation, this emerging generation will bring us to a total of five generations, all working together in today’s workforce. In this presentation for school administrators, created by TeamTRI, viewers will explore how to engage and prepare this new generation for the world of work through Career and Technical Student Organizations.



Twitter: @psfk

The Future of Work presentation highlights a report published by PSFK Labs, who publishes a series of reports which discuss future trends and serve as resources for future innovation. From the future of health, to the future of cities, and the future of retail, PSFK Labs has its eyes set on future trends. The Future of Work presentation concentrates on four themes about the future of work: Ideal Workforce, Empowered Culture, Intuitive Connection, and Agile Workplaces.

Did you like what you see here? You can view more SlideShare presentations through the newly launched Slide Share app! This app allows you to choose your areas of interest so that it can curate information and content that speak to your interests. Also, in May 2012, SlideShare was acquired by LinkedIn, making sharing your content with your network even easier through this handy app! You can download it on iTunes or on Google Play by clicking those links!

Those are some of our favorites! Did we miss any? Leave a comment below or tweet us @TeamTRI!

9 Powerful Leader Hacks to Help You Reach Your Full Potential! #12DaysOfLeadership

Welcome to TeamTRI’s 12 Days of Leadership! From now until Christmas we’ll be celebrating the holiday season by sharing 12 days of powerful leadership ideas, resources and content. We hope these articles get you in the holiday spirit and ready to go lead the world to greatness! Today’s article is by Chris Tuason (@TeamTRI_Chris)

As 2014 comes to a close, it’s time to start thinking about New Year’s Resolutions.  Perhaps you want to learn new skills, improve your life or the lives of others, or maybe you want to learn a new language or how to play an instrument.  Regardless of what you decide, as you think about your New Year’s resolutions, here are nine Leader Hacks that you should consider to help you get things done in 2016. These nine hacks will help you increase productivity and efficiency!

1. Chew Gum While Studying

Why chew gum? Studies have shown ( that chewing gum can increase heart rate and cortisol levels, which may result in a better mood. Experts even suggest the act of chewing keeps people alert and focused.  The next time you have a big exam, chew the same flavored gum that you chewed during your study session.  Your sense of smell will help you remember!

2. Tie Your Shoe Correctly

When I was a young boy, my father signed me up for the Boy Scouts of America.  In Boy Scouts, we learned many life skills that still remain with me in adulthood.  However, there was one lesson I ignored, but really should have paid attention to: how to tie knots.  Twenty years after the Boy Scouts, I was still incorrectly tying my shoe laces.  If I had only listened to my instructor, I would have been tying my shoes correctly for years!

Make sure you know how to tie your shoe laces correctly using the steps below.  There are two types of knots when you tie your shoe lace. Here’s the unbalanced knot:

And here’s the balanced knot:

Learning the correct knot has been a life saver! My laces are secure, balanced, and look like a million dollar knot!  Something as insignificant as tying your shoe may seem unimportant, but remember that sometimes the small advantages in life, lead to a greater advantage later in life.

Here’s an old Boy Scout rhyme to help you remember how to tie this knot on your shoes:

“Right over left, left over right

Makes a knot both tidy and tight”

3. Conduct an Info Interview With a Professional

We are told to practice our interview skills, but what happens when the interviewee becomes the interviewer?  Interviews with professionals and leaders in your community can be extremely valuable.  These successful members of your community will likely not turn down a request for an interview.  In fact they will be flattered and be more than happy to teach you lessons they wish they had learned at a young age.

In your interview, dress in your professional attire and be prepared to ask questions.  Also, be prepared to talk about your own future too.  Where do you see yourself in five years?  10 years?  You will be remembered and possibly use the person as a reference.  Remember to connect with them on LinkedIn!

4. Take A Picture Of Objects You Lend to People

You just purchased the latest gadget, movie, book, or toy that you’re really excited about.  Then a friend asks to borrow it.  “No problem!” you think to yourself.  Two months later you find yourself wondering where your Toy Story DVD went, and you get frustrated about why you can’t find it and can’t remember when you last saw it.

One way to solve this challenge, is to take picture of the person with the item that they borrowed.  Such an easy way to track your items!

5. Use Paper Towels The Correct Way!

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6. Ask Your Grandparents to Tell You Stories About Growing Up

Growing up, my grandparents lived in the Philippines, so I only saw them about every 5 to 6 years.  Also, there was a language barrier because I knew very little Tagalog (main dialect of the Philippines) and they knew little English.  I cherish every story they told me, but I wish I knew more.  They lived through many historical events, and yet I knew very little about their lives.

During this holiday season, take the time to ask your grandparents about their stories.  You never know, you may just learn something important about your family history.

7. Contribute One Act of Service Per Day

Leadership is a service that we must continue to develop.  We can do this by building good will every day.  If you are practicing service in your local community, you’re practicing leadership which is an excellent way to also build good will.  What do we mean by this?  Let’s use a bank as an example.  You have to make deposits before you make a withdrawal.  Same with leadership and life — make deposits in service to build strong relationships that will help contribute to your growth and development in the future. So, the next time you see the trash piling up in the kitchen, take it out to the garbage can, instead of waiting for someone else to ask you to do it.

8. Use Powerful Tech Shortcuts!

Like a hammer, or any other tools in your toolbox, a computer is a tool to allow us to get work done quicker and more efficient.  However, a computer cannot help you to its fullest potential if you do not know how to use its features.  Take time to learn the best ways to use your computer and other technological devices to help make life easier for you.  The last thing you want to do is use the wrong end of the hammer to take a nail out of a piece of wood.  This often happens with our devices.  Here are some useful tech shortcuts to try today!

9. Know Your Modern Manners

There will be many dining opportunities during this holiday break, from family dinners, to holiday parties, so take note of these simple rules about dining etiquette and represent yourself at the dinner table with class.

  • BMW – When looking at your table setting, remember the word BMW:  Bread, Meal, and Water.  This will remind you to grab the water to your right as the water on your left belongs to the person next to you.
  • Fork and Knife – Forget where the fork or knife goes?  Remember Fork and Left have only 4 letters and Knife and Right have 5 letters to remember which is on which side.
  • Make Others Feel Comfortable – When in doubt on what to do at the dinner table, just have one goal in mind…to make others comfortable.  Follow the lead of your host and be prepared to engage in delightful dinner conversation to secure yourself another invite to the next gathering!
Did we forget any great leader hacks? Let us know by tweeting @TeamTRI or leaving a comment below!