Cross posted from Coetail Coaches Blog
Among the life and professional transformational experiences I’ve had because of Coetail, the BEST has been joining the flattened teacher staffroom of Twitter! I joined Twitter in 2007 when it first came out but abandoned it, thinking it was such a dumb idea. Six years later, I went back to it because of Coetail and WOW was my mind blown away by what it had become!
I honestly believe that if you don’t join Twitter during Coetail, you’re missing out on a huge amount of transformational learning material and professional potential.
A Thank You
I would like to thank my fellow 13-14 Coetail Cohort colleague, Jason Graham (aka Twitter hashtag chat King!), for inviting me into the world of twitter chats. He invited me to #pypchat after I had started Coetail only a few months. The twitter chat was “fast and furious” and he reminded me to “breathe” which was excellent advice! How did he know I was feeling overwhelmed and was holding my breath? I don’t think I would have joined, if not for the fact he invited me. It would have been too intimidating for me to jump into a conversation full of strangers. Now, I’m actually helping moderate a new “Africa, Europe, and Middle East” regions #pypchat.
We often need a friend and a helping hand before we get brave enough to enter the world of live twitter chats. Hope we can be that for you, if you’re a newbie to all of this. (If you don’t even know what a twitter hashtag chat is, please scroll to the very bottom of this article for an explanation.)
Jason and I are proud to head up the inauguration of a #CoetailChat for past and present Coetailers and for anyone interested in Coetail. The chat is open to ALL who are interested in chatting with us. You don’t have to be a Coetailer (but I have a feeling you’ll want to be one after you spend time chatting with us! 😉 )
Take the Survey
Before we start the chats, we’d like to take a survey asking people what they want out of the chats. It’s YOUR chat, so please let us know what you think!
Take our survey and keep your eyes open on twitter and here, for further information. If you have some comments and suggestions that you would like to share beyond filling out the survey, you’re welcome to share them in the comments box below.
Thank you so much for your support!
We look forward to many vibrant, innovative, edgy #CoetailChat Twitter conversations, in keeping with the same vibrant, forward #moonshot-thinking ethos of our entire Coetail community.
What is a Twitter hashtag chat?
A twitter chat is when participants add a common hashtag to their tweets. In our case, all tweets will have the hashtag #CoetailChat . This allows us to follow the conversation even though we might not be following each others’ twitter accounts. There is usually a moderator that asks questions. Questions are prefixed: Q1, Q2 etc. When you answer, you need to prefix your tweet with A1, A2 etc. and of course add the common hashtag after your answer. It is not necessary but I HIGHLY recommend that you use Tweetdeck to participate in live twitter chats, as it makes it a lot easier to manage the chat stream.
Will you join us?