3 Good Reasons to attend your local User Group Meeting

User Group Meeting
User Group MeetingWhy attend your local Peer or User Group meeting? Here’s three reasons I’ve found for engaging with my peers and becoming part of my local user group over the past few years:-

  1. Why re-invent the wheel? Every problem you’ll face as a business owner or technician will likely have already been met and solved by one of your peers – doesn’t it make sense to learn from others rather than isolate yourself?
  2. There are hundreds of vendors with thousands of products out there – you could spend all day, every day researching, via White Papers, reviews and magazine articles, their latest and greatest offerings. Or you could visit your local user group each month and hear directly from your peers about what works, what doesn’t, and most months actually meet the vendors directly to discuss their offerings.
  3. Ever come across a project job you were under resourced to tackle alone? Are you a “one man band” or similar and can’t remember the last time you took a day off, or worry about what you’ll do if you’re off sick and unable to work? Wouldn’t it be nice to build relationships with your peers that would help you tackle this situation?

So if you have not visited your local user group recently, I’d encourage you to pop along and get involved. At worst you’ll have an evening spent talking shop with some fellow business owners and technicians over a pint!


  • Richard Tubb2014-02-04 10:44:36

    Stuart - very true, my friend! Mergers & Acquisitions are a great way to grow your IT business. Wise words!

  • Stuart Crawford2014-02-01 03:18:40

    RIchard One other great reason...potential M&A. Stuart Crawford http://www.ulistic.com

  • Richard Tubb2013-11-28 08:37:49

    Brian - I maintain a list of user groups for UK Managed Service Providers. There is a group in Edinburgh which may be useful for you.

  • Brian Henderson2013-11-26 07:22:16

    Is there a list of groups somewhere? I'm in the west of Scotland if you know of any around this area that would be very helpful

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