You’ll be surprised how effective sharing a little bit about yourself can go with building trust among others in the MyBCTeam community.
Warm-up with Q+A
One unique section of the MyBCTeam site that is still evolving is the searchable database of Questions & Answers related to breast cancer. From diagnosis, to treatment, to living 20 years out from treatment, all kinds of questions are asked and answered here.
Add your own questions. Add answers to others. It’s a great way to stay informed, as well as help others stay informed through your own experience.
Breaking the Ice
Before saying ‘hi’ to someone on the site, consider why you want to connect with others. Women on MyBCTeam are initially drawn here out of curiosity and hope. They want to tackle the everyday challenges of living with breast cancer — others simply want to give back and make themselves available to others. Either way, you can get perspective on what others go through by reading updates. You will start to find that they want to support others, share their day and feel supported, too. The bonus scenario would be that they find other women in their neighborhood or others (across country, even) who share their interests (and perhaps diagnosis). All of these things are great foundation building blocks for connecting with other women on MyBCTeam. Knowing what you want out of MyBCTeam makes it easier to break the ice with others.
Find others near you: Here is a quick shortcut to finding others within 50-miles of your town. On the left side of your profile, where your photo, name, and city is located, click your city name. This will take you to a search results page for other women near you. Go to your page to try this.
Find other women who share similar diagnosis, age, or city: Using the Meet Others feature on the site, you can filter search results for women by location, their diagnoses, and even age group. Once you find others like you, take a moment to read their story. When you click on a person’s name on the site, you’ll be taken to their page. On the left side of their page click “Story”. There you can learn more about each person. Give it a try.
Read and like someone’s story: Have you ever read someone else’s account of what happened to them, and said “that’s happened to me before?” And by reading the story, you realized that it made you feel better, not because it solved your problem, but because you found someone you could relate to. By “liking” another person’s story, you’re letting them know you ‘get it’ or that you appreciate the time they took to share their personal story.
Connecting by acknowledging: The most effective connections we see on the site are made when members comment on each others’ updates, or “like”, or “hug”, or all of the above. Another level of connecting is “saying hi”. But saying hi in a way that shows you have taken a moment to learn about the other person through acknowledging what they’ve already shared about themselves on the site through their story, comments or updates. Another way: share what you have in common with the other person. Post on someone’s page on MyBCTeam or comment in the activity stream. See what happens.
Welcoming newbies to the site: You’ve seen them, you’ve been them…like being at a housewarming party where you’ve been invited, but not sure who to talk to. Welcome them! Boy it sure takes guts to write that first post, doesn’t it feel good to be received and warmly welcomed by others? If you’re reading this you’re practically a veteran of MyBCTeam. Definitely feel good about welcoming new folks to the site. It’s a great feeling.
Adding Others to Your Team: Anyone can add anyone else to their team. This is a simple way to keep track of other women you’d like to get to know better or would like to keep track of whenever they post updates. It’s also a nice gesture between members. We’re all on each other’s team, but adding another to your team is an extra bit of support.
You’d be surprised how effective sharing a little bit about yourself can go with building trust among others in the MyBCTeam community.