Categori Archives: Best Practices

Take Your Group to 2.0: The Do’s and Don’ts of iCal

Virtually every user group needs to communicate a common class of information to their members and to the world: their meeting and/or event schedule. For Mac User Groups, Apple’s iCal is the obvious choice to accomplish this goal, but it must be used with care or it can actually become an obstacle to getting the […]

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User Group Best Practices: Privacy Policy

This is a simple tip, but it will help distinguish your user group as a competent, modern organization, aware of its responsibilities to its members and itself: draft and adopt a privacy policy. Is that really necessary? At the moment, from a legal standpoint, no. But with the focus on personal information confidentiality brought about […]

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User Group Best Practices: Feedback Facilitation

A common challenge for any user group is delivering on the wants and needs of the membership. Sure, a group’s tone is often set by the leader(s). That can be a very good thing of the leader’s orientation is similar to that of the group members, but can limit or even damage the group if […]

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User Group Best Practices: Privacy Policies

This is a simple tip, but it will help distinguish your user group as a competent, modern organization, aware of its responsibilities to its members and itself: draft and adopt a privacy policy. Is that really necessary? At the moment, from a legal standpoint, no. But with the focus on personal information confidentiality brought about […]

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User Group Best Practices: Web Site Tips

More than almost anything other than interesting meetings, your group needs to produce and maintain an effective web site. More than any other single point of contact, your web site is the identity of your group. It keeps your members informed of what the group is doing, (hopefully) attracts new members, helps vendors make decisions […]

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User Group Best Practices: Tips for Attracting New Members

by Warren Williams and Cathleen Merritt of The AppleWorks Users Group One of the important challenges faced by user group leaders is finding ways to attract new members to your organization. Of course, the key to expanding your membership is to offer exciting, interesting programs at your meeting. If your meetings are boring, your efforts […]

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