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October 2023 socialgov training: Live chats, webinar & more

Oct 05, 2023

Looking for the latest government social media training? Want to meet fellow professionals who work in the same niche field as you do? You’ve come to the right blog!

We have great virtual events coming up in October 2023 that can get you training to do your job best while also getting you connected with your socialgov support system. Whether you become a member of the GSM professional association to be part of monthly webinars or collaborate together during GSMChat in the free GSM network, we encourage you to join in on these events created specifically for public service communicators.

Before we get to more on how you can join October’s socialgov events, we have an important question to ask: Did you get your ticket to GSMCON2024 yet? Make sure to do so soon! If you’re planning to meet in Palm Springs, California for the 2024 Government Social Media Conference, register now during our Early-Bird sale to save the most. 

Plus, if you register before October 2023 ends, we’ll enter you in a raffle for a FREE GSMCON2025 in-person ticket (if you’re one of the hundreds who already registered, we’re automatically entering you into the drawing). We’ll announce who wins at the Palm Springs event.

Learn more about what GSMCON is and read through a first-hand experience of what this event means to the socialgov community. We hope to see you there!

Free GSM network & GSMChats

The free GSM network is where you’ll find a place where you can connect with government communicators (not held on a major social media platform!), and it’s only open to full/part-time employees of government and educational institutions.

A major benefit of joining the network is to participate in our bi-weekly Government Social Media Chats (GSMChat), happening every other Thursday since 2015. You’ll meet with government social media professionals to discuss and share ideas with each other on different topics in a text-only chat. Recaps are available for most chats, too! 

Register & RSVP to attend chats in the free GSM network.

10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET, Thursday, October 12, 2023: First Amendment Audit Do’s & Don’ts
As a government social media communicator, you may already be well-versed in how the First Amendment impacts your job and what you legally can or can’t do online. Other staff at your agency, however, may not be aware or know how to react in the event of an unexpected visit from First Amendment auditors.  And, any negative offline interactions could be posted online and impact your agency’s social media presence and overall reputation. 

Join us on Thursday, October 12, 2023 to talk about what to expect during a 1A audit, how to prepare and develop strategies to handle potential fallout, and ways to maintain trust and transparency with your community. Attend this chat in the free GSM network.

10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET, Thursday, October 26, 2023: Humanizing Government Departments on Social
Government agencies are often under the microscope both online and offline.  When striving to be professional, it can be easy to lose approachability when social media users are adept at spotting insincere or forced interactions. How can you humanize your agency to develop more relatable and effective communications? How can you get other staff on board? 

Join us on Thursday, October 26, 2023 to talk about strategies that can help your agency be more relatable online – even as artificial intelligence surges in popularity. RSVP now.

Live association webinar: SocialGov Roundup

Each month in the GSM professional association, members get access to at least one live webinar on the latest social media updates (with replays often available!). Our association is one of the most economical memberships at only $79/year where members get online resources, access to regional groups, extras at GSMCON and more exciting perks

Not a member yet? Complete the application form & start viewing the member-only content today!

11 a.m. PT / 2 p.m. ET, Tuesday, October 24, 2023: SocialGov Roundup

The “SocialGov Roundup” webinar series are quick, to-the-point videos covering the latest features and news on major and emerging platforms – all from the perspective of how it's relevant to social media professionals in government. Meet with your co-hosts GSM Membership Council President Andrew Belanger and Team GSM's Ariana Donley to get the latest news in under 30 minutes.

RSVP & register to this member-only live webinar.

Bonus! Free downloads & other resources

Grab these free downloads and resources specific to socialgovs: 

Best communicate with the public you serve and get connected with fellow socialgovs by registering for the 2023 Government Social Media Conference happening in Reno-Tahoe, Nevada! Join our free network for bi-weekly Government Social Media Chats or professional association for member-only webinars. Sign up for our newsletter to get the latest updates on training, events and more.

We support the largest network of government social media professionals in the U.S. by guiding government agencies through complex social media issues. Government Social Media helps you successfully communicate with the public you serve, protect your agency and keep public trust while finding your support community. 


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