Making Community that will make a difference
Unfortunately, knowing how to bond people and maximize their connections isn’t a skill that most of us have been taught.
We know our thing— whether that be our subject matter, our identity/life experience, or our interest.
But knowing our content is different from knowing exactly how to best connect others.
We all desperately want to belong… We’re looking for relationships that are deeper, where we feel more resonance, and where we know we are supported.
Unfortunately, most people—whether they be our online followers, our audiences or customers, our neighbors, our colleagues, or just others “out there” like us— don’t know where to find the belonging they crave.
They need an invitation, a structure, a safe space, a shared goal, and someone willing to facilitate that bonding.
They need a Community Maker who is willing to take the expertise you have, the passion you feel, the hobbies you love, the strengths you possess— and invite others to do it with you.
WHO Is a “Community Maker”?
A Community Maker is someone who knows that one of the biggest contributions they can make in this world is to be someone who gathers, invites, and connects people to each other.
Whether it’s running a local networking association, managing an online community, organizing a meet-up group, hosting a women’s small group, facilitating coaching groups, serving as social coordinator for a club or sorority, promoting a mastermind, running a support group, rallying people together around a cause, planning events where people connect, or simply wanting to gather up the _______ (i.e. moms, the entrepreneurs, cancer survivors, or anyone else who you wish you could connect with!) — what we have in common is a desire to bring people together for something more meaningful than we could experience by ourselves.
Maybe you have been leading communities and groups for a long time, and feel excited to evaluate, clarify, tweak, and expand your work…
Or, maybe you’re starting your first circle, responding to that inner tug to gather those around you.
Maybe you want your group to support, or amplify, your business: a support group, a coaching group, local events, or an online membership community…
Or, maybe it’s not about profit or work for, but rather about fostering community, pulling people together in your neighborhood, your school, or around one of your interests: a photography group, a cooking club, a book club, or a moms group.
Maybe your group includes teaching on specific subjects, offering classes, and highlighting content…
Or, maybe it’s simply about socializing because you know if you want to do something with others that chances are high that others do, too.
If you want to bring people together in a way that creates something inspiring, healthy, and effective— then you are a Community Maker.
Welcome to the community Makers Circle
Connection, Training and Idea Development
For Those Who want to create a community that keeps coming back for more.
This Community Makers Circle is a virtual community, led by Shasta Nelson, that includes classes, reflection & application worksheets, mentoring, masterminding, and networking for the purpose of making sure all Community Makers feel excited about their unique contribution, clear about what steps they need to take, and connected to others who are on similar missions. Come with the desire and even just an inkling of an idea… this process is an idea incubator that will help you hear your calling, feel into various ideas, and put structure around a group you want to start!
What is Included in this Circle?
3x Live Video Calls for Q/A, Connecting, and Live Coaching: These 3 video calls— scheduled Sept 22, October 22, and November 18— will give us a chance to connect before, right in the middle, and at the end of our learning process! All participants will have the chance to ask Shasta questions that pertain to their communities, to hear what others are doing, and to help you feel more connected to the others in the program. These sessions will also be recorded for those who can’t attend live.
6x Teaching Classes led by Shasta: Every Sunday morning a link to a recorded class, featuring Shasta, will be available for you to watch at your convenience. These classes will teach you to look at community development in new ways that can maximize the success of the community you’re building! Sample classes include: What Is My Unique Connector Style? What is My Calling and Contribution? Who Am I Here to Serve? How is Community Developed? see below for entire list
6x Worksheets: An in-depth worksheet has been designed to help each Community Maker apply the content from each class in their specific context. The worksheets build on each other to help the Community Maker assess their own ideas, develop a clear strategy, and think through all the various aspects of building community.
6x Collaboration Circles: Every Community Maker will be strategically matched into a group with 3-5 others to meet every week via video (1 hour each) with clear guidelines how to use the time to get to know each other, support one another, brainstorm ideas, and clarify your own vision. Each session you will have dedicated time to ask your group for the support that would be most meaningful to you that week. Groups will be matched to ensure optimal learning and meaningful connecting!
A Private, Online Circle: All participants will join our private Community Makers Circle under GirlFriendCircles where we will be able to ask for advice, share our ah-ha’s, ask Shasta for clarity, and get to know each other. We’ll all commit to post at least once a week sharing something we’re learning!
Optional 1x1 Coaching with Shasta: Each participant will always be offered the chance to add-on 1:1 coaching sessions with Shasta if you ever feel you want the extra support and laser focus attention!
Two Free Books! We'll gift you with both of Shasta's book (either paperback or e-book): Friendships Don't Just Happen: The Guide to Creating a Meaningful Circle of GirlFriends and Frientimacy: How to Deepen Friendships for Lifelong Health and Happiness (valued at $35)
Free Access to StrengthsFinder Inventory which will send you a report of your Top Five strengths! (valued at $20)
Unlimited 5 Month Access to The Friendship University which has over two dozen friendship classes for your continued education. (valued over $500)
Awesome connections with other Community Makers! You'll be meeting and getting to know other big-hearted and awesomely-motivated women who are here to make a difference in this world. We'll all be here to help you all along the way!
What Content Will Be Covered?
Each module will feature a new tool, a new system, or a new paradigm—complete with research, stories, and practical tips— which will lead into your personal reflection and application as we create the master plan for the group you want to create, improve, amplify, or expand.
The 6 Teaching Modules Are:
Module 1: The Dream: What Community Am I Making and How Can It Change the World?
In this module we will do two of the most important things to establishing healthy community: 1) identify our needs and 2) clarify our expectations. As part of that we will look at the 5 different types of community that you can create to best identify which one meets your needs and objectives and matches the needs of those you’re bringing together.
Module 2: The Maker: What is My Unique & Authentic Community Making Style?
Before this module we will take the CliftonStrengths Assessment (included) to identify exactly what strengths we each bring to our Community Making and how those inform and impact who we want to lead and how we want to gather others. This class will help us see how to play our individual strengths, identify the unique contribution that only we can bring to our community, and be thoughtful as to how our shadow sides might show up.
Module 3: The Community: Who Am I Gathering and What Do They Most Need?
In this module we will get clear about who we are inviting to gather, what language will resonate with them, and what outcomes we can offer them. Additionally, if we haven’t yet already brainstormed where we will find these people, we will look at a myriad of ways for finding our people.
Module 4: The Bond: How Do I Strategically Foster Healthy Community?
In this module we will not only learn what 3 actions bond people together, but we’ll see examples of what that means in various contexts— online and offline— as we explore what works best for each of us when we think about bringing our people together for better connection.
Module 5: The Gathering: How Can I Maximize Every Time Together?
In this module we will explore the 5 stages of making a circle that are intended to help us format our time together— whether that be in a small group, during a coaching group session, at a mingling event, or over the course of a retreat. No matter the context, we want to think through what exactly we can practically do to increase the belonging of our participants.
Module 6: The Plan: What Are My Next Steps?
In this module, we will make sure we are super clear about where we’re at, and where we’re going. And we will put together a customized road map that will help us identify our next best steps as we launch, improve, or create communities.
When is this Community Makers Circle?
We’ll journey together for 2 months from Sept 22- November 18, 2019.
Sunday, September 22 at 3pm/6 pm EST: Our Launching “Creating Our Circle” Call LIVE (or watch the recording)
Week of September 29: Module 1*
Week of October 6: Module 2*
Week of October 13: Module 3*
Tuesday, October 22 at 11 am/2pm EST: Our Midway “Checking-In on our Circle” Call LIVE (or watch the recording)
Week of October 27: Module 4*
Week of November 3: Module 5*
Week of November 10: Module 6*
Monday, November 18 at 5 pm PDT/8 pm EDT: Our Final “Closing our Circle” Call LIVE (or watch the recording)
*What Does a Module Look LIke?
Every Sunday: A recorded 1 hour class, featuring Shasta, and a worksheet, designed to help you apply the content from the class to your context, will be posted in our private community. You can do these at your convenience every Sunday-Wednesday.
By Wednesday: We’ll ask everyone to come in and post (in our private community) their weekly ah-ha from the class, share an idea you have, or share something you’re struggling with in your process.
Sometime between Wednesday-Saturday: Your Collaboration Circle will meet via video at a mutually convenient time. You will be matched up with 3-5 other participants for the purpose of supporting each other and holding yourself accountable to your process. (Note: Upon signing up, you’ll indicate which times/days you prefer such as Thursdays at noon, Saturdays at 9 am.)
In other words, every week we have a module, you will watch a class and fill out a worksheet toward the beginning of the week and later in the week you will gather in your Collaboration Circle with others in the program for the purpose of brainstorming, support, and accountability.
***This is an accelerated program so you’ll want to make sure you have about 3 hours a week to cover the 6 modules.
So that’s 6 hours of powerful teaching that will forever change how you foster community.
Followed by 6 worksheets that will ensure that you have a clear and customized game plan creating for your community.
Plus, 6 hours of masterminding, connecting, problem-solving, sharing, and collaborating with others you can learn from!
*** And don’t forget 3 LIVE Q/A Calls with Shasta strategically placed at the beginning, in the middle, and at the end!
Am I A good fit for this Circle?
I’m Ready to Step Up! I’m ready to start dreaming and planning a new group for my business or personal life OR I’m excited to re-launch a group I’ve done before.
I Value Self Reflection. I know that there is no one cookie-cutter plan… and I wouldn’t want it if there were! I want to develop a group that fits who I am, meets the specific needs of others, and accomplishes my goals— and I look forward to the process of figuring that all out!
I Value Strategy & Planning. I want whatever I create to be healthy, thoughtful, strategic, and effective— based on research, best practices, and the experience of others. I want to know that what I build has a strong foundation that was well-thought out and included the ideas and feedback of others.
I Want to Feel Supported! I know community matters so much that I want it for myself, too! I refuse to feel “alone” while I plan and create community for others. I want people who will cheer for me, brainstorming with me, and help me succeed! I love the idea of meeting others and having a “personal advisory board” when I need one!
I Love Helping Others! I know that whatever group(s) I create won’t be enough to eliminate loneliness for everyone so I’m thrilled to meet others who are willing to do their part in this big mission. I look forward to sharing my expertise and experiences, and encouraging their success.
I Want to be a Part of Something Bigger! I love the idea of feeling connected to what others are doing as we each do our part to create community and belonging. I know that collaborations, partnerships, and relationships are key to our individual, and collective, success! I want to join Shasta on her mission to end loneliness!
Are you one of the Community Makers who will be in circle with me?
Who Is shasta?
Shasta Nelson is a leading voice in the media on creating healthy relationships in order to eradicate the growing loneliness in our world. She is a two-time author (working on her 3rd book now on relationship in the workplace) and keynote speaker who has been creating community her entire life— whether it be at retreats, in social groups, in coaching groups, in masterminds, at church, or via her online community, GirlFriendCircles.com. She is all about gathering people and helping them feel seen in a safe and satisfying way.
But for as much as she loves inviting individuals into meaningful community, she is crystal clear that training and supporting others in their efforts to create community will make a much bigger difference in connecting this world than what she can do alone. We all have different voice, styles, and calls that need to be expressed. If we’re going to turn the tide of loneliness then we need all hands on deck… and we want those “hands” feeling excited about their individual missions, clarity about how to go about creating the strongest community possible, and supported by others who are doing similar work. It’s time for Community Makers to be a part of community, too.
Shasta is here to resource you, connect you to others, and mentor you as you make community happen in your world.
I'm excited but now I have a few questions!
No worries! Here are some we're anticipating! :)
I’m interested, but I’ve been leading groups since time began… will this be too basic for me? If this were only a training on how to facilitate groups then maybe you don’t need that… although we’re willing to guess that looking at your groups through new paradigms and structures will give you new insights! But more importantly, this is a chance to reflect and see what is being called out of you for your next chapter as a community facilitator. Maybe there’s a new group that you need to dream into existence? Maybe there’s a bigger vision that needs to expand what you’re already doing? Maybe you have been so busy leading your group but you feel hungry for an excuse to step back and make sure it’s as strategic, healthy, and soulful as you know it’s capable of being? This incubating journey will help you look at your work in a whole new way and invite you into greater confidence that you’re ready for what’s next.
I’m interested, but what if I’m not really sure what kind of group I really want to start? Then this is the perfect place for you because our process will invoke your intuition to make sure that what emerges comes from your deepest wisdom. Our worksheets will lead you through deep reflection, our masterminds will give you access to amazing creativity, and our teaching will share with you all kinds of ideas that will help you make the community that you’re here to foster. This process is really a powerful incubator for good ideas to emerge and manifest! (Plus, I have some very specific ideas and relationship events I’ll share with you!)
What if I’m a business owner, an author, or a therapist and the groups I’m picturing need to earn me money? Yes, please! We all deserve to be compensated for the contributions we’re making… whether it’s money, or otherwise. Every single one of us will be looking at what we need to receive from the groups we lead and what costs there may be to us to facilitate these groups. That’s just good stewardship of our energy! We expect many of our Community Makers to put a dollar sign on their groups.
How will you match the Collaboration Circles? With magic! :) We’ll look at the applications and follow our intuition to create small groups that will ensure enough similarities to give you resonance, and enough differences to stimulate learning and creativity. And, all of our mastermind formats that will model how we can create and practice community with others.
So how much time will this take me? Great question! Each of the 6 modules will take about 3 hours a week (1 to watch the class, 1 to fill out the worksheet and plan, and 1 to share with your collaboration circle) and then there are 3 Live calls that will be an hour each. So in total: 21 hours over about 60 days! And, we, of course, understand if you need to travel one week or miss a Collaboration Call, but we hope you can make at least 4-5 of them!
Is this a certification? If meaningful or helpful to you, you can certainly state "Mentored by Shasta Nelson" in your work that pertains to friendship and you would certainly always have a front-row seat to anything that gets developed down the road.
Do you offer refunds? Yes! We give refunds if you feel like what we offer isn’t what we promised! What we don’t give refunds for is if you don't make the time to participate. Just as a health club doesn’t give a membership refund simply because you never got around to going, we don’t give refunds based on you not valuing your intention. We believe that your purchase is your stake in the ground saying, “This subject is important to me” so we want to honor that and help incentivize you to lean into that commitment. If, half-way through you feel we’ve failed in our promise, then send us your completed worksheets up to that point, with a note on what we didn’t deliver on, and we’ll make it right! Therefore, in buying this product we both commit to each other to do our part. We give you the best version of the product that we describe clearly. You give us your participation. Deal? :)
What if I live outside the U.S.? Not a problem at all!!! Loneliness is a threat everywhere! And relationships, connection, and community are always wanted and needed! All classes, workshops, and masterminds will be in English, but you’re welcome to join us from anywhere.
What if what I really want is some 1:1 coaching with Shasta? Stay tuned because she’s going to make a limited number of slots available at a discounted price for those who are interested in learning from her 1:1!
Will you be offering this again? We believe whole-heartedly in this work so undoubtedly it will be offered again at some point… but we haven’t committed the dates yet.
HOW DO I REGISTER?
The price for this powerful 2 month process of live classes, masterminds, and worksheets that will transform your community is $1297.
Yes, I want to make community happen:
You can make the community you hunger for a reality. Whether your motive is for more powerful coaching, a stronger online presence, more influence with your fans, an increase to your revenue, or to create the community that will give you a better sense of belonging— by the end of the Fall you will have accelerated the process in the most strategic, soulful, and authentic way!