Social Media Roundup: Brainstorming With Branch

What kind of experience do attendees want from your association's next conference? Ask them using a new online tool from the creators of Twitter. Also: how to get over your indecisiveness.

Brainstorming is great in person, but when you’re planning something like an annual meeting and want to pose questions to the crowd, the right online tool might help you strengthen relationships with members at the same time.

How one association tried brainstorming with Branch, and more, in today’s Social Media Roundup:

Online Brainstorming Session

With big questions and a useful widget, the Online News Association is crowdsourcing ideas for its next conference in innovative ways. The tech-savvy journalism association took to Branch, an up-and-coming tool from the cofounders of Twitter, to ask its members about what they’re looking for out of their annual meeting, taking place this October. The association has asked three questions so far, drawing numerous responses on each message. What tools have you used to brainstorm with your conference attendees?(ht @ONA)

It’s Time To Decide

When it comes down to decisions, do you keep your staff waiting while you choose what chess piece to move? Being decisive is a vital leadership quality, but leaders often feel stuck. They can’t see where the decision will take them, so they become indecisive. “Being indecisive is very often a cue that we lack attractive options or the right information about those options,” says Chip Heath, coauthor of Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work, in an interview with the Washington Post. “There was a great paper a few years back by a Stanford researcher named Kathleen Eisenhardt that said that top leadership teams in Silicon Valley who consider more options and more online, real-time information actually make decisions faster than teams who consider fewer options.” From hiring to facing big issues, Heath offers tips to make better and faster decisions. (ht @ConvIndustry)

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Anita Ferrer

By Anita Ferrer

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