How to Join a Slack Community
Slack has become a staple for workplace communication, but it can also be used to connect with those outside of your company for networking, discussion, and learning. There are Slack communities focused around any career field or hobby that you can think of. Slack communities give you a chance to engage in real-time communication with others in your field or area of interest. If you are looking to join a community here is what you need to know:
Finding a Slack Community
There are slack communities dedicated to many industries, roles, and activities. In order to find the one that fits your interests or needs, you should look online to research what communities are the best fit for you to join. You can find lists of Slack communities on Standuply, Reddit, and databases such as Slofile. To learn more about finding a Slack community, check out our full blog on finding open Slack communities.
Provide an Email
Some Slack communities make it easy to join! All you need to do is visit the community and provide your email to request an invite. There are lots of public slack communities like this that are simple to join. These can be a great way to start out with Slack communities.
Fill Out an Application
Some Slack communities will require you to fill out an application to join. The application may ask how you find the community, why you wish to join, and for basic information such as your job title or LinkedIn profile URL.
This is common in communities based around a particular profession such as Start-Up Founders or Cybersecurity staff. They want to know who you are and what your position is to make sure that you’ll be able to participate and contribute to the community rather than stealing ideas or giving improper information in the discussion channels.
Pay for Admission
Entrance to some Slack communities can come at a price. You may be requested to pay a one-time, monthly, or annual fee in order to join and remain in a Slack community.
Alternatively, some communities take a tiered approach. A free version may be offered alongside a paid version. You may have noticed this if you’ve joined our Online Geniuses Slack community. We offer a free option and an upgraded option that offers additional benefits such as weekly mastermind calls, a fully upgraded Slack with access to the full backlog of your chat messages, and promoted listings in our Talent Network and Marketplace.
With so many open Slack communities it can seem odd to be charged to join a community, but the fee can be a worthwhile investment. Just be sure to understand what you are getting in return for your investment.
Once you’ve joined a Slack community, become an active participant. You’ll get the most out of the community when you contribute to the discussions and ask questions, rather than just reading others’ contributions or using it to promote your work. The point of a community is to collaborate and connect with others so go ahead and jump into the discussion!