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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 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!

 

11 Pipers Piping Leadership on Twitter! #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 Ryan Underwood (@TeamTRI_CEO)

Twitter has over 650 million users and there are tens of thousands who provide super inspiration, quality content, and great tips on effective and influential leadership. It would be easier to provide a list of the “Top 100 Leadership Resources to Follow on Twitter” but, that wouldn’t be keeping with the spirit of our 12 Days of Leadership now would it?

Our list is not based on number of followers, volume of tweets, awards received, or fame. Rather it’s based on their intentional quality, living example of leadership, and the daily positive impact they have on us as leaders—and that we hope can have on you, too!

Here’s our list of 11 Pipers Piping About Leadership. We’ve also included a brief description of what you’ll find when you follow them on Twitter. How many of these leaders do you follow?

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@AndyStanley

@JeremieKubicek and @SteveCockram

@MichaelHyatt

@ArtofManliness and @WomenOfHistory

@TLCTalk @KouzesPosner @Jim_Kouzes @Student_Leaders

@BobBurg

@UberFacts

@MattTenney1

@GuyKawasaki

@FastCoLead

@TEDTalks

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@AndyStanley: Over 400,000 followers tune in to learn from Andy Stanley brilliant thoughts on leadership, communication, faith and wisdom. His presentations at Leadercast, Catalyst, podcast, mobile apps, and more are epic. If you want to be blessed and be a better leader—you want to follow Andy.

@JeremieKubicek and @SteveCockram:  We know these are two Twitter leaders, but, as is the habit of many great leaders, they attract great partners and you find yourself incomplete without knowing them both. So, we’re sneaking in two as one.  Jeremie and Steve are the dynamic duo behind GiANT Worldwide. They are positively changing the world through applied learning by building a culture of liberating leadership one apprentice at a time. They spend each day encouraging and equipping legions of humble leaders with tools to bring high support and challenge to those around them and usher in great growth for all.  Ultimately, they build great leaders who know how to build other great leaders. If you want to have your leadership world rocked—add Jeremie and Steve to your life.

@MichaelHyatt:  If we had one phrase to describe Michael Hyatt it would be “prolific leadership awesomeness.”  The former Chairman and CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers is now a one-man leadership publishing machine as evidenced by his 35,000 Tweets on everything from leadership and productivity to personal development and developing your platform. Michael is a model of social media and marketing prowess and you’ll not only learn from what he shares, but, in how he shares it.

@ArtofManliness and @WomenOfHistory:  Combined these two leaders on Twitter reach over three quarters of a million followers with daily doses of inspiration, how to’s, what not’s to do, and more. While the content of these handles are not curated by the same leaders—their positive impact on men and women in all stages of their leadership journey cannot be denied. And, in case you’re the type of leader who likes to keep score—the title goes to the ladies (#girlpower)! @WomenOfHistory has 682,000 followers while @ArtofManliness has a mere 102,000 followers. But, regardless of your gender, you’ll not be at your fullest leadership potential if you’re not following both.

Jim Kouzes + Barry Posner = @TLCTalk @KouzesPosner @Jim_Kouzes @Student_Leaders: Okay, we realize this one is now four handles on Twitter, but, as is the habit of many great leaders they attract great partners (wait, did we already say this?) AND they build an incredible product together. Such is the case of the dynamic duo of Jim Kouzes and Dr. Barry Posner and their world renowned work The Leadership Challenge. Jim and Barry are ranked in the Top 20 of the world’s Top 100 Thought Leaders because they’ve been collaborating together for over 30 years singularly on the topic of exemplary leadership and developing your personal best leadership. The result is their evidence-based clear path to leadership known as the Five Exemplary Practices of Leadership.  Their award winning work has sold over 2 million copies in more than 20 different languages helping leaders at all levels approach leadership as a measurable, learnable, and teachable set of behaviors.

@BobBurg: Knowing, learning, and listening to Bob Burg is like getting the chance to hang out with the great minds in leadership from the past century like Dale Carnegie, Zig Ziglar, Norman Vincent Peale, and James Allen—but with a contemporary view. Bob is a giant in terms of stature and so are his contributions to the world of leadership and business. He’s authored and co-authored bestselling books like The Go-Giver, Go-Givers Sell More, Adversaries into Allies, and Endless Referrals. He teaches and shares through brilliant storytelling and proven insights and techniques that encourage all to grow as leaders and prosper for the benefit of others. You’ll love his work on the 5 Stratospheric Laws of Success.

@UberFacts:  “In his early years, Thomas Edison’s teachers thought he wasn’t smart enough to learn anything.” This is just one of 77,000 (and counting) facts that @UberFacts has shared with its 8 million followers. UberFacts would likely not classify itself as a resource on leadership. But, you would be wise to add this Twitter handle (and mobile app) to your world as a source of thought provoking, stimulating, fun, and often jaw dropping facts that have implication and application for leaders at all levels.

@MattTenney1:  Matt Tenney is the bestselling author of Serve to be Great – Leadership Lessons from a Prison, a Monastery, and a Boardroom. Matt’s world is about leadership through service and teaching how extraordinary leaders achieve lasting success. His unique experience in prison, as a monk, and a social entrepreneur provide powerful leadership lessons for leaders of all ages and stations. What we love about Matt’s work is that it’s rooted in research with practical application that produces positive results.

@GuyKawasaki:  Every time we visit Guy Kawaski’s Twitter handle, we and his 1.4 million followers often wonder the same thing, “What will he Tweet next?” His personal mantra is “I empower people” and he does a large part of that through all he Tweets (134,000 of them, but who’s counting?).  Since Apple he’s written 12 bestselling books, founded startups, and is behind the www.alltop.com website founded to help you answer the question, “What’s happening?”  When you aim your learning from Guy and Alltop in the direction of “what’s happening in leadership” you get profound, interesting, funny and powerful stories to fill your heart and mind and get your feet moving forward.

@FastCoLead:  What’s better than @FastCompany?  Fast Company dedicating an entire place in the Twitter universe to exclusively to leadership!  Articles, interviews, videos, research, tips, stories, and great writing all aimed at giving leaders ideas that inform, inspire, and get you working at better serving those who follow you.

@TEDTalks: How can you create a list of 11 Pipers Piping about Leadership and not include the outstanding nonprofit that has brought together thousands of the world’s great leaders to simply talk? We are not sure what is most brilliant about TED: that they bring together the world’s greatest leaders to share, that what is shared is 9 out of 10 times mind blowing, that all that is shared is free to billions of aspiring leaders to learn, or that TED can get these leadership giants to share what is often a lifetime of lessons into their most innovative and engaging message delivered in 18 minutes or less!

So, there you have our 11 Leadership Pipers for this year. Who should we follow and pipe about for next year? Comment below or send us a tweet @TeamTRI!

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12 More Incredible Apps to Drum Up On Your Smartphone! #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 Hayley Henderson (@TeamTRI_Hayley) and Curtis Haley (@TeamTRI_Curtis)

The world of technology is changing constantly, with innovative apps leading the way. The world of smartphone and tablet apps is a world of delights. There are applications that turn your device into a beautiful musical instrument, a living book or a productivity powerhouse!

Chances are, your smart devices are already loaded with favorites like Instagram, Spotify and Snapchat, but there’s a wealth of exciting software to be found when you dig a bit deeper.

Here are the Top 12 apps we used in 2015 to help your new year get started with a bang!

1) Fancy Hands 

Have you ever wanted your very own personal assistant? The Fancy Hands app gives you access to thousands of US-based virtual assistants, ready to help you wherever you are in the world. You can dictate your task into the app, submit it, and an assistant will get started on your task right away. If you are not already a Fancy Hands member, you can sign up through the app: $25/month for 5 requests, $45/month for 15 requests, and $65/month for 25 requests. Whenever you have that feeling of needing an extra set of hands… let Fancy Hands help you out. 

2) SlideShare

Boost your knowledge anytime, anywhere with the official SlideShare app. Explore over 15 million presentations, videos, and infographics in stunning, full-screen layouts. You can now even discover content in your favorite topics, with over 30 to explore – from Technology to Leadership to Engineering and Healthcare. While you are exploring all of this wealth of knowledge, make sure you check the TRI Leadership SlideShare while you are there.

3) Uber

This travel app got HUGE this year as it revolutionized the world of door-to-door transportation and took taxis into the 21st century. View a map of Uber drivers in your area, book it on your phone, text the driver to confirm your location, pay through your phone, and in some cars, even control the music on the radio through Spotify! Check it out!

4) WhatsApp Messenger

WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform mobile messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS. WhatsApp Messenger is available for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone and Nokia and yes, those phones can all message each other! Because WhatsApp Messenger uses the same internet data plan that you use for email and web browsing, there is no cost to message and stay in touch with your friends. In addition to basic messaging, WhatsApp users can create groups, and send each other unlimited images, videos and audio messages.

5) Yelp

Hunger pangs hit in a new city? Just want to try something new in your hometown? Time to check Yelp! With star ratings from other users, detailed information about all of your options, and even search options which let you search only for places open and nearby, Yelp is your one-stop shop for finding a great place to eat or play!

 

6) Pic Stitch

What happens when you take SO MANY good selfies that you can’t pick just one to upload to Instagram? You use Pic Stitch! Combine photos, change their sizes, and make your own digital collage to impress your friends and followers!

 

7) SoundHound

There are lots of apps out there which will help you identify the song on the radio – but how many will let you hum or sing the song banging around in your head to help identify it? SoundHound does just that, making it perfect for looking up songs you barely remember. For bonus fun, challenge your friends to sing a song well enough for the app to recognize it!

 

8) Redbooth 

Redbooth is a collaboration and communication platform that provides a single place for shared tasks, discussions, file sharing, group chat and HD video conferencing. Redbooth is simple to use and flexible, enabling project teams and departments at thousands of companies to get work done. This is a great app to cut down on how many emails get sent to your inbox. Within your group, you can assign certain tasks and projects and form groups within Redbooth. This is a great way to keep your teams organized and to help accomplish your goals.

 

9) FedEx Office

Got something you need to print in a hurry? The FedEx Office app can help you not just do it quickly, but directly from files in the cloud, all using your phone! Find a nearby location, click a few buttons, and voila – your print order will be complete!

 

10) Genius Scan

This one has revolutionized the way we send documents to each other! Need to scan a document to email or fax to someone? Just use your phone! This app is easy to use, and even integrates with your cloud storage service like Google Drive or Dropbox!

 

11) Dropbox

Speaking of cloud storage, nobody does it easier or better than Dropbox. Create a free 2GB account, and any documents you put into the folder will sync across your phone, web browser, and any other computers you might be syncing between. We love it!

 

 

12) LastPass

Finally, one password to rule them all! LastPass is a password manager which will help you generate secure passwords for all of your sites, remember them all, AND access all of them on any device by remembering just one master password. Just remember your master password, and make it secure enough to not be guessed easily!

 

Do you have a favorite app that did not make our list? Share it here on the TRI This! Blog, or tweet us @TeamTRI! We want to hear from you.

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31 Superheroic Leadership Quote Slides – for You!

Each year, we at TeamTRI develop a themed content package for many of our training events. We look at the yearls theme as a fun, interesting way to continually refresh our content and put a new spin on our training content. In past years, our themes have featured view through Sports, Time, and Music. This year, our team picked Superheroes!

When we were kids, we all looked up to somebody we knew – our parents, our teachers, our older siblings. But we also sometimes let our imaginations run wild, and we idolized the daring deeds of Superman, Batman, and countless other superheroes. When we lacked power, we looked up to the heroes who had SUPER powers.

As part of our themed content, we’ve developed a Heroic Leadership quote show to share with the world. A longer version of this show will be playing before TeamTRI trainings all around the country this year, but we wanted to share a sample that you can use for your own purposes, whether it’s in the classroom, or just looking for cool stuff to share on social media.

Download the TeamTRI Heroic Leadership Quote Show on SlideShare by clicking here!

We hope you have fun with these slides, and remember: With great power comes great responsibility!

Ryan Underwood is the founder and CEO of TeamTRI. His hobbies include spending time with his family, downloading apps to his iPhone, and rolling suitcases full of training supplies all around the country.

Seven Easy Tips for Shooting PHENOMENAL Video Footage!

Before my introduction into photography, shooting video was my favorite thing to do for fun. As a kid, I would run around with the family camcorder and burn through cassettes like there was no tomorrow. (Yes… cassettes. Wow, I feel old saying that.)

Nonetheless, this little hobby of mine followed me all throughout my childhood, into high school and now into my adulthood. With all that said, I’m no Christopher Nolan, but I have picked up a thing or two about shooting video. The latest video I shot was a drum cover video to the original cover by Luke Holland called Dirty Vibe. Check it out, with my tips below:

1. Have a vision of what you want to make.

Before I even pick up my camera, I typically go through some sort of brainstorming process where I plan out the type of video I want to make. Whether it be through storyboarding, or coming up with a feel I want the video to convey, I rarely just pick up my camera and shoot video hoping it all works out.

The Dirty Vibe drum cover was inspired by the original cover video by Luke Holland in which the entire thing is shot in one take. Taking that idea, I added a little bit of my creativity and added brief introduction with many cuts, then two much longer shots for the remaining two minutes of the video. In addition to that we wanted the video to escalate as it progressed – something that was achieved by adding earthquake effects throughout the video.

2. Shoot lots of footage!

Having extra footage can sometimes come in handy when you least expect it – and save the day. Although the majority of the video should be planned ahead of time, you shouldn’t limit yourself to just shoot what was originally planned. Shooting more video than is needed in my experience has become an essential part of my filming simply because it has given me so much extra footage to play with when it comes time to edit. There’s nothing worse than sitting down to edit a video and realizing you don’t have enough footage, so shoot shoot shoot!

For example, in Dirty Vibe, there’s a GoPro that was attached to the drumset that can clearly be seen in many parts of the video. At the time we set it up for the sake of setting it up, but when it came time to edit, none of the footage made it to the final video.

3. Camera movement is good

One of the most common mistakes I see when people shoot video is trying to hold the camera completely still (that or moving the camera like crazy). Balance is the key with this tip! Sometimes your video will call for stationary shots and sometimes it won’t. When it doesn’t, knowing how to pan, tilt, and even run with your camera will give you shots that will add to the overall video.

4. Frame your shots

Just like in photography (click here to read my blog on photo tips), framing your shots is incredibly important. Make sure your video has a subject and that subject is clearly in the shot. Now, the word clearly is relatively broad. Sometimes framing a shot from a couple hundred feet away will work out just fine, but in other cases being up close is a much better way to frame a shot. Nonetheless each clip should contribute something to the overall video, so avoid framing clips in a way that leave the viewer wondering what in the world is going on.

Take for example the first 13 seconds of Dirty Vibe, unlike the rest of the video the introduction cuts from close up to close up which worked out perfect for the video. Imagine if the first 13 seconds would have been shot head-on with a wider perspective where everything from the drums to the drummer are in the frame – suddenly the introduction doesn’t seem so interesting.  

5. Anticipate shots

More than any other tip on this list, this one will require a lot of practice and attention to your surroundings. We’ve all been there: we’re shooting video and we turn around for 2 seconds and just like that you missed the shot. Many times you can anticipate action right before it happens so when it does be ready.

I know what you’re thinking: “I can just have the person do what they did all over again.” Sure you can (sometimes), but there will be certain times when that was the shot.

Take for example going to a High School graduation, you’ve been patiently waiting for your loved one’s name to be called for what seems to be hours. After hearing about 100 names, you start a conversation with the person sitting next to you and before you know it, you hear your graduate’s name. As you frantically fumble to get your camera together and look to see where they are at, I hate to break it to you, but they are already off the stage walking back to their seat. A little anticipation is all it would have taken to avoid this, and unfortunately moments like this happen more frequently than you might think.

6. Make the most of what you have

This ranges from camera gear to the place you are filming. You don’t need to have the best gear in the world to shoot awesome video – in fact, sometimes you can shoot videos with no budget on a point and shoot camera (I did this all throughout high school). Make the most of what you have at your disposal and don’t sweat the small things.

7. Behind The Scenes of Dirty Vibe

Believe it or not, the Dirty Vibe video was shot in a backyard shed that we emptied and moved the drums into. To create the backgrounds, we covered all the windows and walls with black fabric we got at Joann’s Fabric for about $30. For lights, we used construction lights we found in the shed to light the room from the ground up. To not completely pass out because of the heat, we set up a fan in back.

Ear plugs were used throughout the entire filming process and no music with lyrics was actually being played during filming, it was just drumming. The video was shot on a Canon 70D, 17-40mm f4/L, 24-105mm f4/L IS and a Glidecam HD-2000. No mics were used, which made syncing up the original audio to the drums incredibly difficult. Shooting the footage took about about 5 hours and editing another 4 hours. All the editing was done on Final Cut X.

If you have the patience for this process, you could be on your way to shooting your own great film projects!

Jose Romero wanders the lowlands of Northern California with his camera in tow. Follow his latest adventures on Twitter @TeamTRI_Jose.