Is there someone in your family who keeps conversation flowing at family functions? You know, that person who can ask a leading question or make introductions to get people talking, and then keep that conversation flowing for the entire evening? Social networks require that same sort of social butterfly to keep people talking.
Start by becoming an active listener. Active listeners look for points of interest, things to clarify, and moments of enlightenment. Active listening can both facilitate dialogue and help administrators understand the needs of the community. Through active listening, you can find fodder for the other strategies in this section.
One of my favorite things to do is to ask nosy questions. ...