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Re: [entrepreneur-1566] Hi HKBOers, please contribute your ideas for our coming meetup to be scheduled in February

From: user 6.
Sent on: Wednesday, January 21, 2009 11:24 AM
Terry,
 
The time and place is convenient for me. I am looking forward to your presentation.
 
Philip 
 


Terry Tong <[address removed]> wrote:
Hi everybody,

Thank you all for your kind input! After collecting all the ideas contributed and based on our current situation, I'd like to propose the following for our coming meetup in February:

HKBO February Meetup

Length:
Around 2 hours or less

What :
Hopefully, we will start around 8pm.

1. Brief introduction of Ubuntu and OpenOffice.org as free alternatives to Windows and MS Office; dual boot Windows and Linux; (given by me) - around 30-45 minutes
2. Productivity or PIM (Personal Information Management, outlook etc) or Taxation/Accounting (given by a guest, depending on whom we will be able to invite on that night) - around 30-45 minutes
3. Free discussion (challenges/opportunities of Vincci's business/industry and/or other topics as suggested by Philip and/or plans on next meetups) - around 30-45 minutes

End around 10pm.

Date:
In early February, around 8pm on a week day; The date and time is open for suggestion.

Place:
Somewhere on HK Island, perhaps in Causeway Bay; open for suggestion.

I will announce the meetup later this week. If I don't receive any suggestions on the date and place, I will make the decision. Please also let me know if you'd like to change the topics of the meetup.

@Adam:
I have tried Ning.com. It is pretty good. So basically we don't need to do any extra work on setting up the forum, etc. It's very functional out-of-box. Hopefully, we will move the discussion over to Ning.com soon.

@Vincci & Philip
Thanks for the suggesions. I think they will make some interesting topics for the free discussion session.

@Geoff
Thanks for the suggestions on the organization of the meetup. Let's see how we may implement some of the rules/organizational improvement. By the way,
IBO-> did you mean BNI? Actually, I had been to a few meetings of BNI earlier last year. Yes, the way BNI organizes its meetings is very good, although it requires a lot more commitment from both the organizers and the members; and yes indeed, the membership fee is quite expensive. It's a huge challenge if HKBO is to become such a group (in terms of the organization, not the content). Given our current situation, it is very hard. But, that makes a very good goal. We will see.

Anyway, thanks again for your time and good suggestions!

Cheers,
Terry


On Tue, Jan 20, 2009 at 3:25 PM, Geoffrey Tipton <[address removed]> wrote:
Another way to look at it maybe in the way that the IBO do it,
they have a weekly meeting, strct rules.
Every week, 1 member presents their business, in a 15 Minute Presentation.
Every one has 2 minute to present them selfs and their business,
New members have 30 Seconds.
Then finished with Q&A, then sometimes Guest speakers are invited on special topics.
Only 1 representative of each business is aloud in that Group, so another group is formed, same rules.
They all pay a monthly member ship fee.
And they Vow to promote each others business, like having 20 plus marketing people of your business.
The meetings are at 7 am in the morning, (<- Crazy, but shows comitment)


The 15 Minute presentation is usually to educate everyone else in the team on how the business can help them, sometimes giving advise, and in many cases can be very educational and interesting.

Now this may be to structured for our Task's, but on the other hand, there is some formula her that could be used, such as the introduction stage, 15 Minute presentation, even Guest Speaker, and everyone having more than 1 of your business cards. but put it into a bar, Team up business of similar nature, and have a good time to boot.


TSE Ho keung wrote:
Hi, everybody,
 How about a common topic --- coming challenges, risks and opportunities.
 Each of us may have a lot to talk about and learn from others regarding our individual businesses, trades and also, the global financial situations.
  Philip TSE  
*/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 in 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 suggestion)

   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 welcome 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.

   Thanks,
   Terry
   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 account.


   On Fri, Jan 16, 2009 at 1:55 PM, Scott Christensen
   <[address removed] <mailto:[address removed]>> wrote:

       ---------- Forwarded message ----------
       From: Scott Christensen <[address removed]
       <mailto:[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]
       <mailto:[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
       everyone.

       If of interest I could try to figure out how easy it is to
       setup a blog page.


       On Thu, Jan 15, 2009 at 11:54 PM, Terry Tong
       <[address removed] <mailto:[address removed]>> wrote:
       > Hi everybody,
       >
       > First, a big thank you for opening the email! Please spend 2
       minutes to read
       > the rest of it.
       >
       > Happy new year! This is Terry, the organizer of HKBO. I'd
       like to take this
       > 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 who
       > 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 may
       > make better arrangement.)
       >
       > 4. Date and Time: which day of the week would you prefer,
       and at what time?
       > (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 to
       > 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 co-organizer
       > so that for example, I may hold a meetup in the first-half
       of the month and
       > 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. Say,
       > if you can't catch the meetup (or not interested) in the
       first-half of the
       > month, you may go to the one in the second-half. Due to the
       limited time and
       > 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 for
       > each meetup so that the discussions will be more interesting
       and focused. I
       > am asking for your help to contribute your ideas for topics.
       We have over 80
       > subscribed members, there bound to be some brilliant ideas
       coming from you!
       >
       > 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 members
       > joined the group. Welcome! And please contribute your ideas.
       To all members:
       > your idea will not only benefit the rest of the group, but
       more importantly,
       > 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 some
       > common interests with you, right? But to give meaning to the
       membership and
       > 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 case,
       > I will be disappointed), I will still schedule the next
       meetup and make all
       > the decisions by myself. We can still keep the meetup alive
       and ongoing, but
       > 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 an
       > 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
       >
       > Email: [address removed] <mailto:[address removed]>
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       >
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