Well, guys, it’s official! The new Facebook group is up and going! I present to you…
I’m really excited to bring you guys’ this joint effort.
It’s been something I’ve been wanting to do for awhile but I just didn’t have the pieces in place to be able to get it done.
Now I do.
And by pushing the podcast to a every two week effort seems like it’s going to really pay off. I feel that I’m going to be much more productive in my own business as well as being able to help you awesome folks out a bit more.
Since last week, I’ve received a few questions about what the group itself. I wanted to take a little bit of time to answer some of those questions.
So this post is all for you prospective members.
What the Junto is all about – including what it is and what it isn’t.
What is this version of the Junto?
I’ve had some questions about how closely I’m going to be following Ben Franklin’s Junto. Well, for one, this group is going to be open to anyone – they just need to meet certain criteria including:
- Been on Facebook for more than a year.
- Answers the questions to get in the group.
- Doesn’t post random offers or troll when they’re in.
The Junto is a branding channel, first and foremost. In my book, branding is all about making people aware that you exist. Marketing is letting people know you have something to offer. (And since we’re on the subject, sales is about making a transaction. Don’t get the three confused.)
Just to make it absolutely clear – marketing is usually not permitted (unless given permission to do so). But you’re totally allowed to offer people value as much as you want.
You can express that value in written, audio, or video form. Totally up to you. Just don’t drop offers.
What’s with All the Logos?
So here’s the awesome thing, guys. I’m not the only “star” of this group. I am simply the moderator and the pot stirrer. As I’ve done in the past with New Inceptions, Junto has various contributors itself – all with their own focuses in helping people in the offline community.
- Coffe – Help people understand about finances and getting them out of debt.
- Amplify – Make great events around the city.
- Collaborate 317 – A place for people to come together for an event, a class, or simply to engage with other like minded individuals.
- Ascension – A means for patriots AND veterans to get training so that they can climb up in their career – whether in the traditional 9 to 5 world OR as an entrepreneur.
All four of these companies are looking to expand their reach outside of Indianapolis. They want to empower others around the world and possibly do what they’re already doing.
Being part of this group will allow them to do that.
If your town doesn’t have one of these groups and you think it might be a great addition to your community, I’m sure the founders would love to help you put a chapter in your area!
Are we Going to Use the Junto’s Original Questions?
Yes and no. We are going to use them. It’s my goal to post at least a tip and a question as often as possible. Hopefully daily as I’m always learning and need to write some of this stuff down.
As you might have seen, the original questions ARE pretty antiquated. So I’ll need to update them a bit to post in the group.
For example, question 13 goes like this: “Do you know of any deserving young beginner lately set up, whom it lies in the power of the Junto any way to encourage?”
Today, we’d simply ask, “Do you know of any cool newbie entrepreneurs who need an extra boost that we could highlight and/or encourage?”
I think a lot of these questions are those that many groups don’t ask enough. So be on the lookout for these!
If someone wants to Promote Something, how can they do that?
By going through the proper channels! Lol.
But no, seriously. If you’re contributing regularly to the group and want to promote something, there’s a way to do that. It’s called hop on LIVE with one of us and we’ll highlight who you are and what you’re about. Just as in the podcast, in that conversation you’ll get the opportunity to mention anything you’re excited about and that’d be a good time for YOU to promote your wares.
So this post is fairly short for a reason. I want you to hop in there and start introducing yourself! Answer the onboarding questions so we can make sure you get connected to the right people.
We’re all in this together, so if you want to know one of the mods a bit better – let me know. I’ll be more than happy to connect you!
Have any other questions? Let me know here or on Facebook.