Guys try ning.com for forum etc. or maybe ask meetup to add it. Many
of my clients are asking for help with marketing and productivity eg
using outlook, organising and prioritising tasks, crm software and
practical marketing tips, time and stress management so could be some
ideas there. I guess if you can get a small team to organise good
events or some special offers this will build a community and motivate
people to participate, web tools are great but just a means to an end.
On 1/16/09, Terry Tong <[address removed]> wrote:
> Hi everybody,
> First, thanks a lot for Scott's suggestions! Yes, some form of online
> communication is a good idea, I can help with that (blog, forum etc). But
> again, the challenge will be how to stimulate the participation of the
> members. But anyway, that's a good idea. I will see how I can setup a blog
> or forum for the group (so Scott, you don't have to do it).
> By the way, as for the topic for the next meetup: would you be interested
> learning something about website setup, open source software (especially
> OpenOffice.org as a free alternative to MS Office), or Linux (as a free
> alternative to Windows), or some tech-related topics that are related to
> small businesses? If so, let me know because I (inspired by Scott's
> I will also invite someone who may provide some tax/accounting advice. So,
> that's great! Scott has provided some good ideas, so we have some specific
> topics for the next meetup. I will announce the details later.
> At the mean time, nothing has been finalized, yet. I hope you don't take
> this as a signal (or an excuse) for stopping thinking. Any ideas are
> at any time, remember, we still need ideas for the meetups to follow.
> I understand that not everyone on the mailing list may see the email in
> time, because the email account subscribed might not be checked very often.
> But that doesn't matter. Any time, if you have something you'd like to say
> and share, you are welcome to do so.
> p.s. Sorry, Scott, if you receive this message twice. I have just realized
> it should be addressed to the mailing list, instead of just your email
> On Fri, Jan 16, 2009 at 1:55 PM, Scott Christensen
> <[address removed]>wrote:
>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>> From: Scott Christensen <[address removed]>
>> Date: Fri, Jan 16, 2009 at 1:34 PM
>> Subject: Re: [entrepreneur-1566] Hi HKBOers, please contribute your
>> ideas for our coming meetup to be scheduled in February
>> To: [address removed]
>> A very good idea would be to create a message group or blog page so
>> people could throw questions out there when they have them and get
>> responses from members of the group. 'problem solving' is a full time
>> job for business owners, this would be very popular I think. I think
>> creating some connections through internet chatting would help
>> everyone find some common topics.
>> For the meetup I think maybe best would a 30 minute speech from
>> someone who could come to talk about something useful for everyone,
>> like webpage services, or accounting or tax advice,etc.. and then
>> have a hangout session after that maybe. I guess everyone has very
>> different businesses though so hard to find something useful for
>> If of interest I could try to figure out how easy it is to setup a blog
>> On Thu, Jan 15, 2009 at 11:54 PM, Terry Tong <[address removed]> wrote:
>> > Hi everybody,
>> > First, a big thank you for opening the email! Please spend 2 minutes to
>> > the rest of it.
>> > Happy new year! This is Terry, the organizer of HKBO. I'd like to take
>> > opportunity to invite you to contribute your ideas for our coming
>> > meetup
>> > scheduled in February (which will be announced later).
>> > More specifically, I'd like to gather your ideas on the following:
>> > 1. Topic: what would you like to see, discuss, or have for the coming
>> > meetup?
>> > 2. Format: how should our next meetup be conducted: casual chat,
>> > seminar,
>> > dinner? or should we invite some guest speakers to the meetup? if so,
>> > who
>> > would you like to meet?
>> > (don't underestimate our capability to reach and invite some
>> > interesting
>> > people)
>> > The following 2 items are easy (priority will be given to those members
>> > speak first):
>> > 3. Place: where would you like to meet?
>> > (I have noticed that some members won't come to the meetup if it's not
>> > scheduled on HK island, If so, please let me know explicitly so that I
>> > make better arrangement.)
>> > 4. Date and Time: which day of the week would you prefer, and at what
>> > (hopefully we will pick a date and time that suits around at least 10
>> > people, minus those who don't show up, we will still have enough people
>> > make the meetup a worthwhile social event for your life outside of
>> > work.)
>> > The following 2 items are some organizational issues:
>> > 5. Frequency: should our meetup be monthly, bi-weekly, or weekly?
>> > 6. Leaders wanted: anybody interested in becoming a co-organizer in
>> > this
>> > group?
>> > (by that I mean, whether you would be interested in becoming a
>> > so that for example, I may hold a meetup in the first-half of the month
>> > you may hold a meetup in the second-half of the month, with different
>> > topics/interests. That way, we may make it a more frequent event and
>> > hopefully can stimulate the participation of the members in the group.
>> > if you can't catch the meetup (or not interested) in the first-half of
>> > month, you may go to the one in the second-half. Due to the limited
>> > time
>> > energy of a single person, I can't make this happen just by myself.)
>> > Some of our members have suggested that we should have a specific topic
>> > each meetup so that the discussions will be more interesting and
>> > focused.
>> > am asking for your help to contribute your ideas for topics. We have
>> > over
>> > subscribed members, there bound to be some brilliant ideas coming from
>> > From what we have achieved in the past meetups, I think now it's time
>> > to
>> > reform it. Your participation is crucial in this important step.
>> > I have noticed that in December and January, we had quite a few new
>> > joined the group. Welcome! And please contribute your ideas. To all
>> > your idea will not only benefit the rest of the group, but more
>> > yourself. I guess one of the reasons you choose to join this group is
>> > because you want to spend some meaningful time with someone who share
>> > common interests with you, right? But to give meaning to the membership
>> > your time, your participation is the only thing that really matters.
>> > I truly appreciate your idea; any idea is indefinitely many times
>> > better
>> > than 0 idea. If I don't hear from anyone of you (if that's really the
>> > I will be disappointed), I will still schedule the next meetup and make
>> > the decisions by myself. We can still keep the meetup alive and
>> > ongoing,
>> > I guess there won't be a lot of meaning in it. This is a community
>> > group
>> > which I happen to be organizer, but please remember, a community is a
>> > community only if the people in it take ownership of it; an organizer
>> > is
>> > organizer only if he can talk to his community and get feedback from
>> > its
>> > people.
>> > Thank you for your time. I look forward to your ideas, soon.
>> > Have a nice weekend,
>> > Terry
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