[tpm] Fwd: Founding a Perlmongers group
mike at stok.ca
Thu Feb 18 07:30:16 PST 2010
This came up in a London PM mail thread; there might be some good ideas we can borrow. If anyone has comments or suggestions then feel free to shout them out to the list.
Begin forwarded message:
> From: Ovid <publiustemp-londonpm at yahoo.com>
> Date: February 17, 2010 8:19:23 AM EST
> To: "London.pm Perl M\[ou\]ngers" <london.pm at london.pm.org>
> Subject: Re: Founding a Perlmongers group
> Reply-To: publiustemp-londonpm at yahoo.com, "London.pm Perl M\[ou\]ngers" <london.pm at london.pm.org>
> --- On Mon, 15/2/10, James Laver <james.laver at gmail.com> wrote:
>> From: James Laver <james.laver at gmail.com>
>> As I shall shortly be leaving london
>> for somewhere with no PM group, I
>> thought it might be nice to create one.
>> How do I go about it?
> I rebuilt portland.pm from scratch. We had a "group", but they hadn't met in over a year and when I took over, I made a few mistakes. However, it's now one of the strongest, most active groups in the world. Here's what I and my successors did:
> 1. Never miss holding a meeting. Ever. If you don't have a technical, have a social. We had technicals followed by socials.
> 2. Try to arrange to have chromatic, Allison Randal, Schwern, Ingy, Randal Schwartz, Tom Phoenix, Ward Cunningham, and Jeff Zucker move to your city. It makes for fantastic presentations.
> 3. If the above people live in your city, encourage them to leave. Other people wind up being too intimidated to give presentations. That's a hell of an audience if you're showing off your thalidomide-baby Perl. Fortunately, they were also a very respectful audience.
> 4. If the above people live in your city, encourage one of them to not show up falling down drunk at a technical meeting. The comedic value is astonishingly short-lived. 
> 5. Coordinate with other user groups in the area for cross-disciple presentations. Don't get into language wars with them. Respect means a lot.
> 42. Always know where your towel is. Towel is a euphemism for "projector". Crowding around someone's laptop makes for a lousy presentation. Make sure this towel works with your laptop.
> 6. Always have a back up presenter. Randal was great for this and he saved my @$$ more than once.
> 7. Always have a back up *presentation*. Staying up late the night before to write one because your presenter dropped out is no fun.
> 8. If there are local companies which use Perl, see if they'll donate meeting space. If they do, they'll often have towels.
> 9. Try to get the presentation sent to you beforehand and make sure you can display it on your laptop in case your towel doesn't plug into their laptop.
> 10. Make sure that some presentations appeal to newer programmers. This was one of our biggest weaknesses at portland.pm (I don't know about now).
> 11. Try to make sure your group leader is named Joshua. It helps, really.
> 12. Open up every meeting with an amusing video. People really like this.
> . Don't email me offlist and ask who this is. I'm not telling. Period.
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Mike Stok <mike at stok.ca>
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