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    March 2020: #PeopleAnalyticsMonth: A Month of People Analytics Meetups

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    In summer last year, it seemed like fun idea to find and grow the global network of HR and people analytics meetup communities around the world, building guides and support materials to help them, finding them speakers and creating a group of awesome meetup founders. How many of these dynamic grassroots communities could we find? How many could we support or even inspire? Could we join together a global grassroots ecosystem?

     

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    Six months later, we've so far found over 25 groups, each founded by an inspirational leader (or group of leaders), investing their spare time in bringing together their local people analytics communities. These leaders have brought together over 1,000 people across over 40 events. And most exciting for me, over 50% of these groups started since the adventure began.

    ANNOUNCING: #PeopleAnalyticsMonth, a global gathering of the grassroots People Analytics community
    During March 2020, Auckland to Sofia to Buenos Aires to San Francisco, HR and People Analytics meetups will be taking place throughout the world. Most of them will be taking place on Tuesday 17 March, with each timezone passing the baton from one to the other, and the rest taking place through the rest of the month.

     

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    Where are Meetups taking place and who are the community leaders?
    The best place to check is the Global Meetup Calendar from next week, but here are some of the cities/communities taking part (names tagged into the comments section):

    • 3 March: Ireland (Sarah Kieran and Maria Belizon)
    • 4 March: Boston (Rob King)
    • 10 March: Sydney (Shahram Karimi)
    • 17 March: Amsterdam (Brydie Lear, Patrick Coolen, Marielle Sonnenberg), Auckland (Barbara Daxenberger), Barcelona (Marta Gascón Corella), Brisbane (Audrey Ciccone), Buenos Aires (Sergio Garcia Mora, Lucila Baus, Pablo Senra and Patricia Hartvig), Chicago (Alina Guarise), South Cali/Irvine (Mei Kim), London (Nigel Dias), Los Angeles (Hayden Balow), Madrid (Delia Majarín), Munich (David Shontz), Melbourne (Roel van Etten), New York (Stela Lupushor, Jeremy Shapiro), Minneapolis (Kelli Gochenaur), Salt Lake City (Chris Taulbee), Sofia (Yanitsa Ilieva), Switzerland (this time in Zurich) (Andrew Marritt)
    • 26 March: San Francisco (Annika Schultz, Ben Teusch)


    Some groups may not be able to take part in March, but are great active communities that you might still want to stay in the loop about: Austin (Ethan Burris), Dallas Fortworth (Sean Rae), Leeds, Lima (Andrés Paredes, Daniel Navarrete), Michigan (Preeti Lokam), Seattle (Anthony Ferreras), Stamford (Anna Marley), Vancouver (Deep Litt).

    What should you expect?
    In characteristic Meetup style, each community is running its own event, in its own style and culture, meeting the needs of its community. What might you expect if you attend an event? The one thing guaranteed: You will meet a wide variety of people analytics enthusiasts, from different backgrounds, wide diversities of experience, all of whom might spark innovation when you speak.

    Other than that? Some meetups are doing panels, some are doing topics such as ethics, some are doing evening events, some are discussing research, some are doing networking bingo, some are featuring non-HR speakers. The only way to find out, is to attend!

    Stay tuned to the ThinkTank Linkedin Page, Twitter page and newsletter and your local Meetup Organiser to find out what is happening next month and how to sign up!

    CALL TO ACTION: Want to join in with the meetups during #PeopleAnalyticsMonth?
    1. Want to be kept in the loop about #PeopleAnalyticsMonth (and other analytics research), sign up to The HR Analytics ThinkTank newsletter here.
    2. Want to attend a meetup? Keep an eye on the global meetup calendar and check out the list at the bottom of this article.
    3. No meetup in your city? Interested in starting your own meetup community? Sign up here.
    4. Willing to help meetup organisers by joining the Speaker database? Fill out this form.
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    Other useful :

    Meetup Recordings. Some meetups record their sessions. Want to hear examples about ONA? Predicting attrition? Click here.

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    Meetup Write Ups. Many meetups do write up of there sessions. Check them out here.

     

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    Want to speak at a Meetup? Find out more about speaking at Meetups here.

     

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    Want to run a meetup? Read the guide here.

     

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    2. In September last year, I write a guide for How to Run an HR and People Analytics meetup. In those pre-COVID19 days, the guide was really talking about in-person events when we could come within 2 metres of each other and most of us had probably never worn a face mask. Like everything else meetups have gone digital. Since March, HR and people analytics meetup organisers around the world have been experimenting with ways of taking our communities digital.

       

      It has been a learning journey, and there are pros and cons to this new format. In this blog I wanted to share the experiences of the London HR and People Analytics Meetup community, as we've adapted for this new world. We invite other meetup organisers to contribute their own blogs or comments.

       

      We also invite you to download our Virtual Meetup Slide Deck Template by clicking here on the image below:

       

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      So what tips do we have for moving your meetup virtual...?

       

      Virtual Tip 1: Replicate In-Person Feel and Vibes

      Many of us have learned that the success of virtual meetings requires a shift in attitude - not just from the person leading the session, but the people attending it too. We send an email out 48 hours before the meetup and open with some guidelines to help everyone get into the right frame of mind. My general guide to the community is a simple challenge: "As a community, we need to work together to replicate the feel and vibe of an in-person meetup. Would you feel comfortable doing something at a physical event? If yes, then feel free to do it at the virtual meetup.".

       

      More more specific guidelines:

      • Webcams On. We think the 'connection' people feel in meetups requires an eye-to-eye connection, so unless you are invisible in real life we ask everyone to switch their cameras on.
      • Be Present. In a normal meetup, people tend to respect the presenter and they don't walk around and do distracting things. The great thing about a virtual event means you can join from anywhere, but please don't join in a way that negatively impacts the experience for other people.
      • Ask Questions. We allow anyone to unmute themselves so they can ask questions whenever they want (just like in real life).
      • Have Fun. It is just a meetup, so don't stress!

       

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      Virtual Tip 2: Be Inclusive

      You shouldn't assume everyone feels as comfortable as you are with your web platform - in fact, it can be a great way to alienate some of your community if they feel unable to navigate your sessions. At the beginning of every session, we do a quick 3-4 minute demo of all the functionality they need to know about.

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      Virtual Tip 3: Your Networking Will be Fine (it might even improve)

      Most meetup organisers feel that the biggest value their sessions bring is the networking and sense of community - and they are worried that this will not translate into virtual webinars. At the in-person London meetups the networking is high energy, and it was a concern for us - but the feedback on our networking as been extremely positive.

       

      Some ideas for you to consider:

      • Use Breakout Rooms (Zoom). Zoom has a great feature called 'Break Outs', which allows you to create mini virtual meetings within your big Zoom meeting. You can click a few buttons and send everyone into mini groups of 4-5 people to chat on their own. This works very well for us.
      • Given Enough Time. Make sure you give people enough time to network. You can always end the networking early if you need to.
      • Use Digital Tools. Other groups are using tools like Mentimeter, Miro and more to improve their experiences.
      • Suggest Questions or Themes. Suggest questions for people to ask each other in the virtual meetups to help them get started.
      • Eat and Drink. This is probably my personal view but there is something human about eating together and our networking usually happens over pizza and beer. Encourage people to bring a snack for the networking.

       

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      Virtual Tip 4: Keep Recording and Writing Up and Keep Going

      The biggest trick to long-term Meetup success is still the same trick as a successful change management programme... Keep going, maintain clear momentum and communication and share successes. If you can, tell people when the next meetup will be, and share the blogs and recordings of your sessions (on the ThinkTank?) so other people can see what they missed and join in the future.

       

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      Finally...

      I hope this helps. If anyone has any other questions about the London meetups or suggestions or ideas, please let me know. Here are the useful links if you want to start your own meetup:

      1. Register Your Meetup on the Global Meetup Map
      2. Put your Meetup Event on the New Global Meetup Calendar
      3. Join our the Meetup Organiser Linkedin Group.

       

       

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