Listening and Failing Fast

Last week was a fantastic week at Lake Cumberland. Wake up, go fishing, eat breakfast, do absolutely nothing, watch Dig ski, hang in the water, drink a Miller, and fall asleep at 10pm.  Absolutely fantastic.  A vacation was much needed. I would suggest this for anyone, and my suggestion extends to… TAKE AN ACTUAL VACATION. Don’t just extend a weekend.  Leave work… FOR A WEEK.

It’s very re-energizing. And you know you need it.

What about ‘Listening and Failing Fast’?

Well after getting back from vacation, it’s been a bit easier to key back into reading up on the latest trends of social media and how that can affect your nonprofit. Yesterday, I saw that the Case Foundation is swinging back into their #BeFearless Campaign.  Today, I read a post on Smart Blog on Social Media about how Listening is our most important skill.

Listening

Listening online can be hard to do, but if you are fearless about the questions you ask, then you can make very big strides. One of the hardest things about asking questions of your online community is the willingness to let someone give you suggestions that you may not enjoy hearing. But let’s do it! Transparency is one thing that is valued by many in today’s world.

Here is a question for you now…

How do you formulate questions to get feedback online?
Do you do a question of the day or the week?
Have you been willing to let people give feedback on specific programs?