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Are A/R Groups very cool "Tribes" ? Oh Yeah!

I am really starting to think so. Seth Godin has me convinced that an ActiveRain Group is a movement waiting to happen. We are a highly leveraged set of Tribes connected by A/R, Twitter, Skype, E-mail, Facebook and every other technological tool that brings us together to connect and effect change. You may not think that you, as an individual member, can or has effected change, but you have. You do it every single day.

Each one of you, through your blogging, through talking about the things that you believe in, your likes and dislikes, have been truly a remarkable force of change because each time someone views your work you have planted a seed, a thought, a concept that wasn't there before or thought of exactly the same way that you think about it.

One person, just one, can make a huge difference... You already have the skills to do what you need to do (you are typing), you just have to start wondering what it is that you want to do.. (There is a huge difference between wants and needs.) It is time for you to start defining your personal brand. Your business brand and personal brand are two different things. The Internet gives each of us the same opportunities to publish and be found so you may not be taking full advantage because you have not included blogging as part of your business/personal plan.

Marketing changes everything and Internet marketing has global ramifications. Do you want to expand your territory? Do you want to be known for something other than a market report? Then stop doing what you always do and do something different. Leverage the power of your group associations and make things happen to better someone's position in life. Care deeply about you, your personal life and your work, then care just as deeply about your co-members in your groups. Marketing is the act of telling a story and everyone loves a good story so how you express yourself influences and engages people. How you promote the work of another does not just promote that person, it promotes you. 

Ever notice that no one forwards a boring YouTube Video or lame e-mail joke? Think about it. People engage when you touch them with an internal/emotional connection. When you blog and deliver value, the work that you do will spread and get featured. Members eager to engage in conversations will find you. People will care about your ideas that you are willing to develop in your blogs to the point where they will jump in and try to help you succeed. Imagine what you can do beyond what you do for a living (while making your living) if you expand upon this simple principle... Doing nothing will not increase the chance that you will be selected for anything.

The real power of Tribes are the people who have the desire to make something happen.

What do you guys want to make happen today?

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Comment balloon 33 commentsC Tann-Starr • October 24 2008 03:32PM

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I love the way you make going tribal sounds so pro-active!  cw

Posted by Cheryl Willis, MO Broker - Mt Vernon, Monett, Aurora, Barry & Law (RE/MAX Solutions- OZARK MISSOURI) almost 10 years ago

Hi Carolyn, Yep, I would say that Active Rain Groups are certainly tribes just waiting to make a difference. I am about half way through Seth Godin's book. God bless,

Posted by No Longer Active in Staging. No Longer Staging almost 10 years ago

Cheryl W, we all have charitable and professional projects we like to engage in on various levels. Blogging about our passions can inspire others. We should be pro-active. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

Cheryl G, I finished Tribes. Very cool... the art of giving a platform for the spreading of ideas... I love that!

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

Deborah, looking forward to connecting every single day. There are a lot of nice people in the Rain. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

Well, I do want to make something happen soon. I'm taking my time to look around! lol

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty,Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes - (Lizette Realty - Lexington KY - Richmond KY) almost 10 years ago

Hello lovely, sounds good. Looking forward to seeing what type of project you cook up for us to get busy with. I remember how organized your garage was (LOL). Lizette, knowing you, when you finally do pick one it will be very interesting. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

Carolyn,

Whoooo is Seth Godin??? Thanks,   Fran

Posted by Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ (Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

Fran, are you turning into Paul? I rmember when Paul would only write, "what is Localsim?" (LOL) Here is the wiki on Seth Godin. Enjoy! :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

I never thougt of AR as being tribes, but I can see that... I do like seeing people connect though...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

Hmmm - Tribal movement -never really thought about it that way, but we are all here, meeting people, networking and a group movement wouldn't be too out of the question...

Nice blog C.

Posted by April Hayden-Munson, Brookfield Wisconsin Real Estate almost 10 years ago

Carolyn, Really like your post and the similarities showing how AR is a Tribe.  Many Active Rain members are already leading Tribes. Thnak you for your support with the promotion of my book.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) almost 10 years ago

Michael, I latched onto the concept the moment I listened to Seth's audio e-book. Very cool concept and the theory fits us exceptionally well.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

Thank you, April. We certainly put the group into movement a couple of days ago with very nice results. I'd love to see us coordinate more charitable works between the fun stuff. There are quite of few of us active in that department and a little support from your friends can go a long way in making a difference in someone else's life. You guys have certainly changed mine (LOL). It's only fair that I try and pay it forward. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

Margaret, thank you for your kind words and you are very welcome. I hope you can do a little video or photo shoot of your first book signing so we can see. I am sooooo into eye candy! :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

Carolyn,

Thanks for the link!!! Depressingly and discouragingly...I HAVE NO WIKI...!!! :^( Thanks,   Fran

Posted by Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ (Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

Oh my word, Fran, how can you not wiki things? (LOL). Wiki isn't perfect, but it is fun and will point you in the right direction of where to look for more information. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

Hi C: I never thought of AR that way... but your thoughts are very intriguing as usual. smileys

Posted by Cheryl Powell - The Powell Team, Concord,Harrisburg & Charlotte NC Area Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive - The Powell Team) almost 10 years ago

Cheryl P, it's a completely new concept to me and I am having a field day with it. I am blogging to Seth's audio download. I've internalized a lot of his marketing themes and enjoy absorbing what is useful. He provides a lot of excellent illustrations that I'm sure a lot of us could use to improve our marketing strategies.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

C - unfortunately, what I need to make happen today get's in the way of what I want to make happen. Tommorow is our leaf & limb pick up and I have to get the yard cleaned. But what I want to do is sit here and write witty, catchy and entertaining posts that gets reblogged all over the internet. But as the song goes, I have dreams.  And Oh my dreams It's never quite as it seems

Posted by Mike Saunders (Lanier Partners) almost 10 years ago

Big Mike, how very cool. I haven't heard that song in a long time. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

Hi C - great post about sharing and connecting with each other. I have to read Seth's book.

Posted by Sharon Paxson, Newport Beach Real Estate - Arbor Real Estate (Arbor Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Thank you, Sharon. You will definitely enjoy it. I know that I did.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 10 years ago
Carolyn... How right you are! This is where I feel safe and loved and intertwined!
Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) almost 10 years ago

Richard, I know exactly what you mean. My on-line family and friends are just as important to me as my brick and mortar relationships. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

Richard, I can vouch for that. You would think that my wife and Melodious were twins seperated at birth the way they carry on.

Posted by M Starr (Stephen Noah) almost 10 years ago

I hear Mel brought a WII... I wasn't going to go to TX but Mel brought a WII. How can I not bring it on? I am sooooo kicking your butt in tennis when I get there. You're gonna need more meds when I get through with you Miss Melly-Mel! C has nothing on me! You're going down, shorty! I'm bringing my sleeping bag. I have dibs on the couch. I rarely blog but we will blog about this! Mark my words! I want a Mixpo video of this! Bring Amanda Hall. Us KINGS and going to take you CC QUEENS down... [ P.S. Tell your husbands to practice and not embarrass me. (LOL) ]

Posted by M Starr (Stephen Noah) almost 10 years ago

I guess this means I will have to buy a WII... How much are they, anyway?

Posted by M Starr (Stephen Noah) almost 10 years ago
It's so great now that we can have "international tribes" , not being relegated to our own little small corner of the world. So much to learn from each other. BTW, love you writing style. Very nice
Posted by Linda Jandura, Realtor, North Carolina Buyer & Seller Specialist (Raleigh Cary Realty) almost 10 years ago

Thank you, Linda. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 10 years ago
Hey C - Love the Tribes. Thanks for working so hard and keeping me up to date in the rain. You make me aware of soooooo much stuff I might have otherwise missed. Just needed to thank you. Lisa
Posted by Lisa Glowacki, Real Estate Broker - RI & MA (Lisa Glowacki - Rhode Island & Massachusetts) almost 10 years ago

Lisa, you are very welcome and thank you for your kind words. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

I thought about this post when the servers were down. We pulled together in Twitter and had a lot of fun while dealing with our blogging angst. Very cool.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

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