Welcome to the Day Planner Design League Facebook Group!
Ahoy, and welcome aboard the Day Planner Design League. I am so happy you’re here! This community is a place to share insights, tips, questions, and most importantly, support for one another along our small business journeys. You are not alone! Together we will help you build the planner business of your dreams!
I may be the captain of this ship, but I would be remiss to think that I alone have all the answers. Sure, I have plenty of expertise, stemming from being in this industry since 2004, but that expertise comes from just one person’s point of view.
Your experience — as a brand-new business owner, as a seasoned designer, or as a budding plannerpreneur who is working hard every day to make their dreams come true—is hard won. It’s also extremely valuable to everyone else here.
All Day Planner Design League members have something to offer, so please contribute. We want to hear from you!
If nothing else, you have your curiosity and drive. But much more likely, you have experiences, stories, and a critical mind.
If you have something to say but worry you don’t have “the answer,” say it.
If you have a perspective to offer but worry it’s not the “right one,” share it.
We are all in this together. Thank you for helping me build something truly unique here. I, for one, am proud to be a member.
I can’t wait to chat with you in the group!
WE’VE BUILT THIS COMMUNITY TO SUPPORT AND EDUCATE
We want to make sure it’s a safe space and preserves the quality of the group at all times, which is why we’ve developed these rules and enforce them on a daily basis.
If you have any questions or concerns about these community rules, please reach out to the Copper Bottom Community Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Day Planner Design League, by Copper Bottom Design Co., is designed to be a safe space for celebrating the wins and struggles among day planner business owners. These rules are designed to make our group the most productive, inclusive, and thoughtful space you visit online. Below, you’ll find our guidelines for what to post and how to respond to conversations, as well as our Solicitation, Inclusion, and Give First Policies.
1. Be kind. Don’t bash people in this group or, for that matter, people outside this group. Debate, disagreement, and critical feedback is an important part of stretching ourselves as business owners. However, keep all posts and responses considerate and compassionate.
Remember: Every business is as different as it’s founder. Please keep in mind that individual business decisions are the result of many different factors, whether they be personal, financial, strategic, or impulsive. As business owners we all make our own rules, but come here to support and encourage one another through our individual business journeys in the spirit of community.
2. Be specific. The best way to get high-quality feedback is to offer as many details about your situation as possible and to get clear about the kind of responses you’re looking for in your post. The same goes for responses.
3. Get things started. New trends, topics, and questions are always welcome as conversation starters. Don’t be afraid to dive in and make waves on something you want to discuss.
Ask questions, answer questions, share tips, encourage others — this is a space for building up and helping others along in our industry.
4. Give first. We welcome self-promotion in that we encourage you to share your own expertise and resources. Feel free to point the community to a blog post, workshop, or even an offer you have that could help others out. But, before you do, familiarize yourself with our Give First Policy below, and make sure to offer some insight, background information, or behind-the-scenes story first so that your share is as rich as possible.
Consider whether your post, if repeated by others, would make the community more productive and thoughtful, or less productive and thoughtful.
If it feels like spam, it’s probably spam. If it feels like a helpful story and a positive next step, it’s probably that. The difference between solicitation and sharing is further addressed below in our Solicitation Policy below.
5. Share your own experiences. We are here to learn from you (yes, you). Share the story of your latest launch, offer your analysis of a marketing campaign, tell the tale of your most recent hire. We’d love to get the inside scoop on what’s working — or not working — for you.
6. Keep posts on topic. We are here to support one another through our business journeys in the planner industry. Please keep posts related to product design and manufacturing, sales and marketing, and anything related to growing your business. Anything overly personal or political should be posted elsewhere.
GIVE FIRST POLICY
We hate the phrase “shameless self-promotion” because all self-promotion should be shameless. It doesn’t need a qualifier. Self-promotion is natural and a good thing for both you personally and for your business. Of course, there’s valuable self-promotion and then there’s self-promotion that just falls flat.
We’ve never wanted to ban self-promotion here in the Day Planner Design League because we believe so strongly that it’s a muscle you should strengthen, not ignore. To that end, we have a policy for how your self-promotion should occur and it’s one that will serve you well out in the open, too.
We call it the Give First Policy.
We want you to share your relevant resources, articles, podcast episodes, and even offers (free or paid). But before you do, we want to make sure you give a little something extra.
That doesn’t just mean being an active and helpful member of the community. It means on a post-by-post, comment-by-comment basis.
If you want to post a link to a free resource you have to share, tell us 3 mistakes you see people making that inspired you to create it. If you want to post a link to an article or blog post* you wrote, give us a tip or an idea of how it might be specifically helpful to our group. If you want to share an offer, share a tutorial or a technique that you use in the offer right up front.
Following the Give First Policy takes some thought and a little extra time, but it ensures that our community is full of valuable posts, not a link factory! Give First also opens the door to conversation, reflection, and analysis — all of which makes your self-promotion that much more effective.
As mentioned, this isn’t just a policy to follow here in the Day Planner Design League. When you incorporate Give First into your marketing on social media, email, or webinars, you set the stage for much more success.
If you feel a post or member has violated our Give First policy, please alert the Community Team at email@example.com
*If you regularly blog and are looking for a place to share your posts and expand your reach (regardless of the topic), email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about joining our private Pinterest group board and secret Tailwind Tribe.
There is a noticeable difference between helpful sharing of resources, opportunities, and expertise and solicitation. We define solicitation as targeting members of the Day Planner Design League for the express purpose of sales with little or no previous relationship.
There is to be absolutely no solicitation within this group or between members outside of this group, including:
Using the private message function to target members for an offer (free or paid).
Researching email addresses of members and targeting them for an offer.
Using other social media to target members for an offer.
Posting about a sale or offer on your website, subscription to your email list, or promoting your services outside of the guidelines set forth in our Give First Policy.
There are plenty of opportunities to share your work, your resources, and even offers in the Day Planner Design League without the direct solicitation of our members. Remember our Give First guidelines and focus on building natural relationships with other members.
If you feel a member has violated our Solicitation Policy, please email our Community Team at email@example.com.
Copper Bottom Design Co. is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, age, race, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of group members in any form.
Reporting. The Community Team works to actively monitor our group and prevent violations of this policy before they occur, but we don’t always catch everything. If you are being harassed or you feel a member has violated the terms of this policy, please contact the Community Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Consequences. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately. Anyone who violates this policy may be removed from the group at the discretion of our Community Team.