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I saw Lou Vega's review about this book today and went ahead and ordered it from Amazon.ca (Chapters.Indigo.ca isn't carrying it). Sucks to have to wait 8-12 days but I'm not in that much of a hurry for it at the moment. I've been involved with my local .NET user group and I want to contribute more to the community so I figure there would be some good ideas to draw from.

The Rational Guide to Building Technical User Communities

By Dr. Greg Low

Published by Rational Press 2007

ISBN: 978-1-932577-32-7

Posted on Wednesday, April 2, 2008 9:41 PM | Back to top


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I have this book as well, and found it to be a worthwhile read. I got a few ideas for my own user group from it. I think you'll like it.
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Thanks Chris. Right now my user group needs to find ways to motivate people to speak. We don't have a large number of members but I know there has to be people out there who have things to say.
Left by Jason Row on Apr 02, 2008 10:21 PM

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One tactic I've found to be very successful is reducing the amount of time people have to speak.

Instead of having one guy talk for an hour (very intimidating to new speakers) pick a theme for the month and have 4 or 5 guys talk for 10-15 minutes on the topic.

Definitely worth a try. Most people can talk about a topic of interest for 10-15 minutes without even trying.

Also, consider offering a roundtable discussion format for one of your meetings... skipping the speaker altogether. Get people discussing a specific topic, and occasionally jumping up to draw something out on the whiteboard while the discussion continues.
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Awesome! Glad that I was able to help out by providing that review! :) Oh and Chris did an awesome post just recently too on how to help a group out as well.

Left by Lou on Apr 03, 2008 1:19 PM

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Yes thanks Lou! And I did see Chris' posting with some great tips. D'Arcy made a few postings about UGs not that long ago as well. Now to see what I can do to improve things for the local user group.
Left by Jason Row on Apr 03, 2008 2:19 PM

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