LOPSA East 2013 - Lessons Learned in Starting a LOPSA Chapter

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LOPSA East 2013 - Lessons Learned in Starting a LOPSA Chapter

  1. 1. Lessons Learned inStarting a LOPSAChapterFriday, May 3, 13
  2. 2. Hi, my name is Mike.I organize LOPSA-ETENN.Friday, May 3, 13President, one of three founders of ETENNStarted planning March ’12, first meeting June ’12Average 29 people each meetingFirst meeting was 18 people, April was 45
  3. 3. Sysadmins love to meetother sysadmins.Friday, May 3, 13The stereotype of the antisocial sysadmin is totally wrongA quiet room, all staring ahead? Totally wrong.
  4. 4. Sysadmins love to talkabout what they’redoing.Friday, May 3, 13Six month has turned out to be hard to keep--because we get so many offers to speakWe draw upon our own attendees for speaking, not outsiders
  5. 5. There are organizationsdying to give a chaptermoney and support.Friday, May 3, 13We had two sponsors from day one. We have three sponsors now and this was without trying.Recruiters and training companies love user groups and provide good value for attendees
  6. 6. Go start a chapter.Now.Friday, May 3, 13This isn’t that hard. It’s incredibly rewarding.

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