Expand Your Mind – Join a Forum

A LITTLE while ago, back in May of this year, we discovered that there are a number of benefits to be gained from participating in a forum.

The previous list of benefits was quite general, and so I will take another look at the benefits of participating in a forum.  The new list is created specially for you, the idealistic and hardworking student who will one day change the world, you know who you are.

  1. Expand Your Mind: Using a forum will expand your mind, give you an experience which is out of the ordinary, alter your perception of life, and help you access and develop the unused potentials of your mind.
  2. Anything Goes, Man: Embrace the free spirited, informal, anything goes nature of participating in a forum.  You can participate and have your say.  Or if you don’t want to participate, that’s cool too man!
  3. Set Your Ideas Free: If you love your ideas, set them free.  Share what you know, without any hope of repayment.  You can make the world a better place.
  4. Make Peace Not War: Every day you are bombarded by an assault of noise and trivial ideas.  Shallow messages developed by 40 year old marketing executives attempt to influence your decisions. Take action against cheap and meaningless ideas by writing a well structured and thoughtful comment in a forum.  The world is now a more peaceful and coherent place to live.
  5. Discover Who You Are: Who are you? What do you believe?  Your personal identity is based on what you believe and by discussing ideas, arguing different positions and testing your thoughts, you can build your own personal beliefs about how the world works and what is important to you.  Establishing a clear personal identity and set of beliefs will help you meet the challenges of life with confidence and certainty.
  6. Stand Up For What You Believe: You know who you are and what you stand for. Embrace life and assert your unique personality and perspective.
  7. Join a Club or Society: There is a forum for everyone, and if you go through your internet days without ever having been a member of one then you may have missed out on one of the most rewarding experiences that the internet has to offer.  If you don’t like debating then maybe the Drama Club or the Speleological Society. If there’s no forum that caters for your particular interests, you can always start one.
  8. Make Friends for Life: On a forum you can meet people from different walks of life.  They may not live in the same city or suburb, have attended the same high school, or come from the same socio-economic background, but you share a common interest.

To help you capitalise on the benefits of participating in a forum, a brand new Consulting Forum will be launched through this blog on 1 August 2010!

Please be sure to join the forum, ask questions, post comments, and participate in the discussion.  Or if you don’t want to participate, that’s cool too man!

Vinnies CEO Sleepout

THERE are currently more than 105,000 homeless people in Australia.

Census figures from 2006 indicate that each night 54% of homeless people seeking supported accommodation are turned away, which means around 56,000 people are sleeping on the street each night in Australia.

The problem is that in the wake of the financial crisis the number of homeless people has risen much faster than the supply of homeless and housing services required to support the needs of people experiencing disadvantage.

The St Vincent de Paul Society indicates that the new face of homelessness is families: young families; two-parent families; families with no history of domestic violence.  The sub-prime crisis didn’t only hurt corporate Balance Sheets and Profit & Loss statements, it also hurt families in local communities.  Homelessness is no longer a problem isolated merely to the victims of substance abuse, gambling addiction or mental illness.   The market downturn has forced people on the edges of the labour force into positions of serious disadvantage.

On Thursday 17 June 2010, the Vinnies CEO Sleepout will be taking place in capital cities across Australia.  The event aims to raise funds and increase community awareness about homelessness by challenging business and community leaders to experience homelessness first-hand for one night.

There are already 350 CEOs who have risen to the challenge, some of the people taking part include:

Please check out the website, and consider supporting the participants by making a donation or rising to the challenge by taking part yourself!

5 Benefits of Forums

OVER the last 3 months I’ve had lots of people ask me interesting and relevant questions about consulting and business strategy, which made me realise that people often prefer to learn by asking questions and discussing ideas rather than reading text books or blog posts.

To help you continue learning about consulting and business strategy, a brand new consulting forum will be launched soon!

There are at least 5 clear benefits to be gained from participating in a forum:

  1. Learning: Asking questions and getting advice will make it easier to learn the things that you want to know;
  2. Credibility: If you know the answer to someone’s question and you post a helpful comment then you are helping to build credibility with other forum users. By establishing a reputation as a trusted expert you can attract attention and generate opportunities for yourself;
  3. Networking: Participating in a discussion forum is a good way to meet people who have similar interests;
  4. Community: Joining a discussion forum is an easy way to become part of a community of interest. Belonging to a community of interest allows you to help others, get feedback and support, and to build a personal identity; and
  5. Popularity: If you have a website, your popularity is measured largely by how many links point to your website. If you create a signature line to use in your forum posts which includes a link to your website then every time you ask a question or post a comment in the forum you get an extra link back to your website.