Episode 27- Fostering Trust Online: A Blueprint for Community Success with Gin Stephens

Building trust in online communities is essential for creating a safe and supportive environment where members can connect, share, and seek support. Building a community takes effort and it’s not a one-time task, but an ongoing process that requires dedication and nurturing. However, the rewards of a thriving and engaged community are well worth the effort.

Today, we had the pleasure of chatting with an incredible guest, Gin Stephens, who is not only a New York Times Bestselling Author and Podcaster but also a former Elementary School Teacher with 28 years of experience. She shares her journey of starting a podcast and building a strong community around it and talks about the power of the community and how it can help you grow your business. 

She shared her wealth of knowledge on community building and emphasized the importance of making people feel safe, heard, and like they belong. It’s all about creating a space where individuals can thrive and connect with like-minded individuals. As a teacher, she highlighted the value of active listening and truly hearing what people are saying. By listening attentively, we can better understand the needs and desires of our audience and provide them with the support they seek.

Gin emphasized the importance of creating a safe and welcoming community for your audience. People want to feel heard, understood, and supported. By fostering a sense of belonging and providing a platform for open communication, you can create a loyal and engaged community that will be instrumental in the growth of your health business.


[00:02:06] Superpowers learned as an elementary school teacher.

[00:04:01] The power of storytelling in building a community.

[00:05:12] Building trust in online communities.

[00:08:47] Moving community off Facebook.

[00:10:04] Building a community takes effort.

[00:14:14] Building a supportive health community.

[00:15:27] Membership cutoff and waitlist.

[00:17:05] Listening and understanding deeply.

[00:19:34] Be careful with your influence. 

[00:21:55] Smart strategy of community-building.

[00:25:42] Building a paid community.

Memorable Quotes

” It needs to be a place where people can feel safe, like I said, to be themselves. You know you have a real community when people start posting things about their life.” [00:05:23] – Gin Stephens

“Being able to really get to the root of the thing and understanding what someone is really struggling with. Because, you know, eating and food and your weight. And we’re not just, how can we have you lose weight as fast as you can place. It’s like, what is really going to make you happy and feeling good in your body? And do you need to be a saucer? Do you need to restrict all that food? It’s about finding the balance. ” [00:17:18] – Gin Stephens

Links Mentioned In This Episode

Website: https://www.ginstephens.com/

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