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ASK THE EXPERT!
For May 2008
Because of the special format (see below), PREPAYMENT by Paypal IS REQUIRED (https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_xclick&business=paypal%40atlanta%2dweb%2eorg&item_name=May 2008%20Meeting%20Fee&buyer_credit_promo_code=&buyer_credit_product_category=&buyer_credit_shipping_method=&buyer_credit_user_address_change=&amount=10%2e00&no_shipping=0&no_note=1¤cy_code=USD&lc=US&bn=PP%2dBuyNowBF&charset=UTF%2d8) to attend this event, or you can email me no later than a week in advance and ask for a postal address to mail a check.
For those already RSVPed I'll contact you via email and if I don't get a prepayment I'll remind you with a shout on the Meetup.com meeting page.
NOTE: The meeting is limited to 80 attendees, plus the experts, but many people who RSVPed have not prepaid as requested so I'm opening up to offer 100 seats on a first-firm, first serve basis. Those who prepay get in first and if we have space left, then others can get it.
This month we are going to change it up again. We'll open with a short intro, announcements, and then we'll follow the with four (4) "birds of a feather" sessions where we have 6 or 7 tables with 1 or 2 "experts" per table where each table is devoted to a topic. Starting at 7pm we'll have four (4) 20 minute sessions that will hopefully allow really indepth discussions of each topic which will allow people to visit four (4) of the 6 or 7 topic tables.
The general idea will be to allow members who have specific decisions they need to make to hopefully get come and get the information they need to directly consider those concerns and to form an action plan for their next steps. A secondary idea is to let people get a lot more face-to-face interaction in a semi-guided forum. We'll try to make WiFi available, especially for the experts.
Many of our "experts" may only be available for certain sessions as they may have expertise in more than one area, and they may also want to attend other tables themselves. We'll attempt to finalize the schedule as soon as possible so you can plan early which tables you want to participate in.
Q&A Session Topics & Experts
There are too many session topics (28) and too many experts (over 20) to list them all on this page!
But you can read about them here: Ask the Expert! (http://files.meetup.com/381151/ask-the-expert-sessions-may-15-2008.html)
Business Focused, Technically Informative
The focus will be primarily on business issues and strategies, but can also move into the technical realm when and where applicable.
Our agenda for the evening will be as follows:
6:15pm - Early Registration (for those not prepaid via PayPal)
6:45pm - Networking
7:00pm - Meeting opens
7:05pm - Group News, Announcements
7:15pm - Ask the Expert Session #1
7:35pm - Break
7:40pm - Ask the Expert Session #2
8:00pm - Break
8:05pm - Ask the Expert Session #3
8:25pm - Break
8:30pm - Ask the Expert Session #4
8:50pm - Closing Comments
9:00pm - Networking (Optional)
9:30pm - Drinks/Dinner at Gordon Biersch (http://www.gordonbiersch.com/restaurants/index.php?pg=location&sub=loc&location_id=28)
Note we'll be ending a 9pm but will allow for networking until 9:30pm after which those interested can head over to Gordon Biersch on Peachtree (http://www.gordonbiersch.com/restaurants/index.php?pg=location&sub=loc&location_id=28) for drinks and dinner.