Business Continuity Awareness Week Twitter Chat

The Business Continuity Institute

BCAW 2017

Imagine a business networking event, but without a dress code and with a keyboard instead of a bar. The same social customs apply – courtesy and respect – and it’s a great way to meet new people with similar interests. There are Twitter chats in almost every industry imaginable.

A Twitter chat is where a group of Tweeters meet at a pre-determined time to discuss a certain topic, using a designated hashtag (#) for each tweet contributed. A facilitator will pose questions (designated with Q1, Q2…) to prompt responses from participants (using A1, A2…) and encourage interaction among the group.

On this occasion, the BCI will act as a facilitator and pose a series of questions relating to the theme of BCAW and encourage participants to answer questions, discuss these answers and engage with one another.

The chat will last an hour and during that time the BCI will pose a series of questions, spread out to allow sufficient time to answer questions. Of course when the next question is asked, it doesn’t prevent people continuing to discuss the previous one and you could end up with a number of conversations taking place at any one time. Hence why it is useful to add the A1/A2/A3 etc to each question in order to keep track.

Once the Twitter chat is over, all the tweets that are part of it can be collated to bring together all the discussion in an ordered way.

So, if you are on Twitter, then join us at 7pm BST on Thursday 18th May using the hashtag #BCAWchat.

If you're not already a user, then head over to Twitter and set up an account – the registration process is simple.

  1. Choose a profile name - this is the name you’ll be known by on Twitter, for example @TheBCEye.
  2. Add a photo of you - it’s important to add a photo of you so people can connect with you on a personal level. Don’t use your logo or a cartoon picture, and definitely not the default egg image.
  3. Complete your bio - you’ve got 160 characters to tell everyone what you do, why you do it, and what interests you so use them all – make it interesting and sociable.
  4. Add your website address - you could use your organization's web address here or perhaps the address for your blog site or LinkedIn profile.
  5. Follow some people - follow profiles that can help you or your organization – that’s why you’re there! Don’t follow too many profiles to start with because you’ll get overwhelmed.
  6. Get tweeting - the best way to learn is to get involved. Watch the experienced users, ask questions and join in some conversations. Don’t get hung up about saying really profound stuff, just relax with it and have some fun.
  7. Check your mentions regularly - conversation is key on Twitter – if you’re not talking to people, replying and responding you may as well not use it because you won’t get results.