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Linux.com: Running A Successful User Group Event

Nov 18, 2000, 14:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gareth Greenaway)

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"Running a successful User Group requires one important element: the people who volunteer. Without them there would be nothing. A single person might attempt to run an entire event alone, but that's probably a sure-fire recipe for failure."

"While volunteers are welcome, it's important to make sure there is one person in charge of coordinating the event. The old saying, "Too many cooks spoil the broth," applies to User Group events as well. As an example, a group invited a well-known person in the Linux community to give a speech. Planners for the event spent most of their time arguing over where the talk should be held. Soon there was little time to plan other elements of the evening. While the event went well, it still stands as an example of why a single person should be appointed to make final decisions."

"Another important thing to remember when recruiting volunteers is that not everyone will want to be involved. Planning an User Group event should be like planning a mutiny. Sailors planning a mutiny don't try to recruit the entire ship. They'd arouse suspicion, especially if they were to recruit someone who didn't want to be involved. While planning a User Group event shouldn't be kept secret, it should be tightly organized. Don't make people who didn't volunteer feel like outcasts. Make clear the planners would welcome suggestions."

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