Gabrielle and Selena presented “Running a Successful User Group” (slides 1.4MB) at OSCON 2008 last Wednesday. Michael Halligan was nice enough to post his notes from the session. We had around 40 people attending, and had great participation from the crowd! Couldn’t have asked for a better audience.
We also created a handout that gets into the nitty-gritty of running a group (PDF 4.2MB). Later, we’ll see what we can do about wiki-fying the content. For now, printing it out double-sided and then stapling it in the middle works pretty well.
We have a stack of index cards from everyone to go through, and looking forward to starting a mailing list for user group leaders. Watch this space for the mailing list announcement!