3-Day Blog Throwback – The Insider’s Guide

Hi there readers!

Erin D. here. In addition to being the Susan G. Komen 3-Day®’s head blogger, social media mover and shaker, and occasional event staffer, I’m also a 15-time veteran Komen 3-Day walker.

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Alysssa, Jenn and me – the 3-Day social media team in action!

A year ago, we ran a series of posts on the 3-Day blog called the “Insider’s Guide to the 3-Day.” The posts were written by yours truly, as a way to share my experiences on the 3-Day®, from Opening to Closing. The series was meant to serve as a way for people to get a look at various aspects of the event from the perspective of someone who has been there many times.

If you didn’t get a chance to see the Insider’s Guide series, particularly if you’re new to the 3-Day, we encourage you to click back through the posts.

The Start of Something Beautiful

Pointing, Pacing, and… Motorcycles Wearing Lingerie

Pit Stops and Cheering and Sweeps, Oh My!

3-Day Camp: Just Like a Sleepover, Only More Pink

3-Day Camp: I love the Night Life

3-Day Camp: Happy Glamping on Main Street

Over But Not Ending

I’m just one Insider, and I know that every single walker, crew member, volunteer and supporter experiences the 3-Day in a different way. We love hearing about your experiences and memories, so share them in comments or post them to the 3-Day’s Facebook page, tweet them @The3Day or tag #The3Day and #DoSomethingHuge in your Instagrams!

Cheers,

Erin

The 2015 3-Day Website – Updated and Better Than Ever!

For years, the Susan G. Komen 3-Day® website has been the number one must-see resource where our Komen 3-Day walkers, crew members, donors and supporters can find information and inspiration for their 3-Day® journey. And while that important purpose hasn’t changed, the look of the website has. Yes, The3Day.org has gotten a snazzy makeover for 2015, making it even better than ever.

The best way to see all that the new website has to offer is to click over to it and explore! But to give you a quick glimpse, here are a few new features that we’re most excited to share with you:

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From the moment you click onto the 3-Day home page, you’ll be inspired by what you see. Visitors are welcomed with a moving headline and photo, and scrolling down, will find eye-catching links to the most important parts of the site, including links to register, donate or learn more about the event.susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk blog 60 miles website

Videos

If you haven’t seen our poignant 2015 TV ad yet, take a minute to watch it here:

This video is also tucked directly under the graphic headline on the home page of the 3-Day website, so you can find it anytime and share it with friends. Just under that, you’ll also see three links to some brand new video segments for 2015 highlighting our “Huge Community,” “Huge Challenge” and “Huge Impact.”susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk blog 60 miles website video

Slideshows

Are you inspired by visuals? Cruise through the 3-Day Experience with three interactive slideshows showing fun and inspiring images from the 3-Day events themselves. These include “How We Support You,” which shows the many ways we help you on the journey between registering and arriving at the event, and “Explore the Event,” where you’ll get a peek at what happens during the 3-Day event weekend itself.susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk blog 60 miles website how we support you susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk blog 60 miles website event experience

3-Day Stories

The third slideshow in the Experience section is the 3-Day Stories page, where real 3-Day participants tell us why they walk, and share some personal details about their own connections to breast cancer and to the 3-Day.susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk blog 60 miles website stories

Calendar

Looking to connect with the 3-Day coaches and your fellow walkers for informative meetings, Walk & Talks or meet-ups? A quick visit to the Calendar page will show you upcoming events in all of our 3-Day cities, as well as recorded meetings and a way to search for a training walk in your area.susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk blog 60 miles website calendar

#The3Day

Looking to connect with the 3-Day on social media? Great, because we’re everywhere! Clicking on the pink Connect button right on the top of the screen will help you find the 3-Day on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube.susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk blog 60 miles website social media connect

Participant Center

Registered participants have access to your own personal Participant Center, where you will find information that is specific to you and your 3-Day event, including your personal and team fundraising progress, event and travel information (coming later in the year!), exclusive fundraising tools and resources available only to registered participants, and tons more. Even with all the new bells and whistles on the 3-Day website, the user-friendly functionality of the Participant Center hasn’t changed at all for 2015, so you returning 3-Dayers who are familiar with it will know feel right at home (and you new folks won’t take long to get the hang of it either)!susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk blog 60 miles website participant center

And So Much More! – This brief “tour” only scratches the surface of what you can find on the exciting updated 3-Day website. There are also delicious details about our Young Women Walking program, Crew and Volunteer opportunities, our incredible 3-Day Sponsors, the work of Susan G. Komen®, and if we missed anything else, a handy FAQ page. So click on over and spend some time clicking around. Not sure where to find something? Our handy site map will get you pointed in the right direction.susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer walk blog 60 miles website learn more

BONUS!Join us on Thursday, January 29 at 5:00 PST for our very first Tweet Chat of the year. What’s a Tweet Chat? These virtual meet-ups on Twitter allow us all to connect with each other, ask and answer questions, and more! If you’re not too familiar with Twitter, don’t worry, getting set up is easy! Click here to learn how! For this first Chat, the topic of the night will be our new website, so come with your questions and comments ready!

3 MORE Ways to Talk a Friend Into Walking With You

So you’re thinking about walking in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day® this year. Fantastic! If you’re like most folks, you know that the Komen 3-Day will be an unforgettable experience, and you are eager to share that journey with people close to you. But convincing a friend or family member to register for the 3-Day® can sometimes be challenging. In a blog post last year, we shared “3 Ways to Talk a Friend Into Walking With You,” and today we have a few more ideas to help you convince a reluctant buddy to join you for the experience of a lifetime.susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer 60 miles walk friend teammate

Get in Their Face – No, not in an aggressive or threatening way, but if you are going to ask a friend to make the huge commitment of walking 60 miles and raising $2300, do her the courtesy of asking her face-to-face. Studies have shown that using a calm voice and making eye contact puts people at ease and makes them more open to suggestion. While you have your friend’s attention, tell her why the 3-Day is important to you and how much it would mean to you if she would join you. Then…susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer 60 miles walk friend teammate

Stop Talking and Listen – You’ve made your plea, and in a perfect world, your friend will agree readily and you’ll both be registered before the day’s end! But there’s a good chance your friend will still have some concerns or hesitations. Let her tell them to you. Listen to all she has to say, and let her know she’s being heard. If you’ve had the same concerns, tell her that you empathize with her and offer advice for how you have dealt with the apprehension, but mostly, let her share. She may not be ready to make the decision right away, and that’s okay. Just knowing that you’re supportive of her feelings and concerns will make her feel closer to you and more likely to join you, knowing that that support is there.susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer 60 miles walk friend teammate

Go Surfing! – Have a friend who is more visually stimulated? Between the 3-Day’s Facebook photo albums, Instagram feed, Pinterest boards, and YouTube channel, there is a nearly endless source of eye-catching inspiration to be found on the Internet. Grab your friend and park in front of a screen for 30 minutes or an hour and just explore! Chances are, by the time the hour has passed, you both will be so excited by the fun, entertaining and moving pictures and videos, you’ll be saying, “I want to do that too!”susan g. komen 3-day breast cancer 60 miles walk friend teammate

Have you had a hesitant friend who was ultimately persuaded to do the 3-Day? Or maybe you WERE the reluctant friend! Tell us what convinced you!