Adding an item to the knowledge base, blog or forum?
Only educational items that fit our rules and relevance definition have success and are supported.
Remember, the knowledge bases is an ongoing searchable bank of information not a newsletter.
HOW TO PUBLISH in the Meeting Support Institute knowledge base:
1 log in (or sign up)
2 Click CREATE CONTENT
3 Click Knowledge Base Item
4 Start typing!
Always use the “past as plain text” clipboard for the body text
- INFORMATIONAL: Don't sell. Give information, be factual, to the point.
- SINCERITY: Give honest and correct, non misleading information.
- SUPPLIERS: When publishing a supplier, don't use a title that predicts education: mention the supplier in the title. and select supplier under resources.
- COMPLETENESS: Each Item should have stand alone educational value. Not one or two lines of text linking to a commercial site.
- ILLUSTRATION: Preferably add a different photo to each item
- VOLUME: If you are a company: Do not dominate. One item about your products or services per week maximum.
- REFERENCING: always mention the source/medium and the original author/institution
- CONTACT: put name, phone, email, website in the appropriate fields.
All you input needs to support or enable the effectiveness of meetings and events. so it should be tools, services or concepts that help improve the results for objectives like Learning, Networking and Motivation. It should not focus on logistics but on changing behavior of participants, the increasing effectiveness and ultimately higher ROI of face to face meetings and events.
In such case a soft reference to a product or service is acceptable.
Also see the bullseye graph.
A) Personal Development
The MSI does not wish to spend time ore space on personal development issues like personal brand, work life balance, career planning, ...
B) General business and General Meeting Industry
Since we want to focus on the content side of meetings, we do not wish to be involved in general business topics like time management, finances, marketing, hiring and firing, etc.
C) Business travel and hospitality
We consider promotion for venue's or destinations and other hospitality, travel and tourism related products as not appropriate for the MSI channels and this website. However if a venue offers specific services, tools or concepts as part of its product, that fit the above rules and relevance, input is welcome. We see Venues, hospitality and participants as fundamental to meetings. Since there are many venue selection sites, we don't need to be the next one. We want to add to that by focussing on the content side of meetings.
The items, knowledge, tools, concepts etc. offered in this knowledge base must be applicable by the Meeting Architect during the meeting. The effect of application should be immediate and preferably measurable for effect on learning, networking or motivation in test groups.
Good health, fundamental happiness in life, etc. result in better overall performance but are not specific enough, and generally not attainable through a meeting: we can not make an unhealthy participant healthy by giving him healthy food for 3 days. We can not make a chronically depressed person happy in one conference. Tips and tools for a healthy and happy life, important as they may be, belong to a different knowledge base.
Relaxation exercises, games or tools that result in an immediate brain effect that enhances learning, are relevant and applicable, and therefore can be published here.
If you publish your own writings, in a blog or Forum or as a knowledge base item, you accept the standard copyright rule is Creative Commons:
"This is open access, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0
), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited."
RESPECT THE AUTHOR
If you copy, partly or in full, always mention the author, the author's website, how to order (if it is a book or other product), etc.
and also the source where you found an article, or a piece of information.
The MSI, it's users, members, sponsors, and other stake holders, don't guarantee accuracy of the information in the website.
A list of do's...
Do post relevant and engaging topics.
Do include your blog in the NEWS section (as long an it doesn't fall into the "dont's" category).
Do post relevant articles you've written (this would likely go in the News forum). If you think you blog article is absolutely brilliant and should be shared - then take the little time and effort to cut and paste the article into the discussion itself. That is the best way to get noticed and develop more meaningful connections.
It's simple. If you spam, you'll be removed from the group without notice.
A list of dont's ...
Don't make multiple posts of the same item.
Don’t post the title of a discussion and then just point people to your blog. Most people consider this a underhanded way to drive traffic to your blog (or self-promotion)
Don't post jobs
Don't post money making schemes
Don't make off-topic posts or multiple off-topic/solicitation posts
Don't promote your company, product, or yourself. If your discussions and comment share genuine insights – you will be noticed anyway and people will look at your profile, and therefore look at your blog or website
Don't post a link in the knowledge base when it belongs in the news, or discussions
Don't post spam in your response to a discussion