It’s sometimes said that money is the final frontier of forum. When forums are willing to share deeply about a topic like this, they have reached a level of trust and vulnerability that leads to transformational value.
This does not mean that all members have to be ready to disclose income, net worth, and other key financial indicators. Instead, consider these options:
- One (brave) member shares voluntarily their financial snapshot, and then describes how they think about their situation, options, and concerns. Others can then respond with their own experience, without feeling they need to disclose specific numbers.
- Here’s a list of a great list of conversation-starting questions (adapted from a recent Wall Street Journal article on this topic):
- What is your most painful money memory?
- What is your most joyful money memory?
- How did these experiences shape your relationship with money?
- What three things did your parents teach you about money?
- Which of these lessons have you applied in your financial life?
- Was your family rich, poor, or middle class growing up? How did you feel about that?
- What were your family’s values around money?
- What is your greatest financial fear?
- What are your most important financial goals? Do you know how much is “enough” for you, this year and long term?
- What are you willing to do differently around money?
I would love to hear how your forum approaches this topic. We can all learn from each other.