Starting and Running a Successful User Group

User groups are a way to allow people to connect with peers. Running a successful user group is a lot of work and requires some management skills. Let this course be your manual for creating and running your user group successfully.
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(25)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Jul 21, 2014
Duration
2h 52m
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Description
Course info
Rating
(25)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Jul 21, 2014
Duration
2h 52m
Description

User groups have been around for decades. Making sure that attendees and speakers feel at home at the group isn't always an easy task. In this course, we look at all the aspects evolving around a user group. If you want to start your own group or already have a group today and want to know tips and tricks on making it more successful, this course will be your manual.

About the author
About the author

Gill Cleeren is a solution architect, author, and trainer in mobile and web technologies. He's also a Microsoft Regional Director and MVP. He lives in Tienen, Belgium.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Events and Speakers
Hi, and welcome to module 2 of this Pluralsight course on creating and running a successful user group. My name is Gill Cleeren. You can follow me on Twitter via @gillcleeren. So far in this course, we have discussed the things you should do before setting up a user group. I've highlighted the things to think of when creating a user group, and I've also explained the different types of user groups. We've also seen that most user groups are organizing sessions as their main activity. This brings people together, allowing for knowledge exchange and networking opportunities. In this second module, we will be exploring the formula behind organizing great user group events. If you follow these steps to organize your events, you can rest assured that things will go smoothly and everyone involved will have a great time. Let's take a look at the agenda for this module. As said, I will talk mostly about organizing events and all the things to think of before, during, and after your events. You'll soon see that organizing events isn't really difficult. With your user group, you should first find speakers to have over at your user group events. We'll talk about how you can find speakers and more. Secondly, we'll discuss everything that has to do with the event location. A good location is very important. Simply think of things such as the visibility of the screen. If no one in the room can see the screen, chances are that people won't appreciate your events at all. Finally, we'll discuss the events themselves. The period around an event becomes so much easier with a simple checklist, and using the topics we'll discuss here, you can build up your own checklist for upcoming events. Now let's get started.

A Step Further: Organizing a Conference
Hi, and welcome to the last module of this Pluralsight course on creating and running a user group. My name is Gill Cleeren. You can contact me on Twitter via @gillcleeren. In the three first modules of this course, we have talked a lot about the user group itself, how to create events, and how to create an online presence. In this fourth and last module, we are going to take things a bit further and see how you think, or maybe I should say how you can dream of creating a conference for your user group. While this certainly is not something that you should be doing when you've just started your user group, it's definitely worth looking into. It's a great way to make your user group known with a larger audience, and that can even be on an international scale. I'll say it now and I'll say it more in this module, a conference is just a large or maybe huge user group event. But because of the size and the many things you need to take care of before, during, and after the event, the task of setting up an entire conference can seem quite daunting. In the following slides, I will take you through some steps to create your first conference. We will start with the before phase. A lot of work goes into the preparation. A well-prepared event, just like a well-prepared conference, will run smoothly and cause us less stress during the actual event. There are things to do during the conference as well, and that's pretty logical. We'll take a look at the things we have to think of during the conference as well, and we'll finish this module by looking at what you need to do after your conference is finished.