User Group Report #420: Adam Engst of TidBITS, The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, Vendor Offers & 2004 Wrap-Up


Our final show of the year discusses a user group program that has just delivered enough quality meeting topics for the full first quarter of next year, a brand new Macworld Conference & Expo attraction, and the final installment in the series on how to make your user group look good.

Adam Engst
Adam Engst of TidBITS talks about the three new Take Control ebooks his team has delivered in December, how they make perfect MUG meeting topics, and the benefits of the TidBITS User Group Program.

John Lennon Tour Bus
Brian Rothschild, the Executive Director of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, profiles this first-time attraction at Macworld Conference & Expo, how the bus was recently refitted with the help of Apple, and what it brings to students who are interested in getting their hands on professional-level recording equipment.

User Group Report #419: Michael Horton of the Los Angeles Final Cut Pro Users Group, User Group Offers, Holiday MUG Activities & More


Our feature guest talks about how his Final Cut Pro User Group found a new home, and we have more tips on how your group can improve their graphic images, no matter what the use. Vendor deals for MUGs, user group news and a Macworld Expo update round out this edition.

Michael Horton
Michael Horton of the Los Angeles Final Cut Pro Users Group joins us to talk about a recent meeting location challenge his group faced, and how they turned the problem into and opportunity.

User Group Report #418: Guy Kawasaki, The User Group Report Podcast & More


We talk to a legendary Apple evangelist and personality, announce our new podcasting option, cover MUG news, offers and more.

Guy Kawasaki
Guy Kawasaki, venture capitalist, author and former Apple Evangelist talks about his new book, The Art of the Start, and how concepts such as partnering and branding relate to starting and improving any organization, including Macintosh User Groups.

User Group Report #417: FileMaker Pro Expert Jonathan Stars, Jen Shelby of Signature Leadership & More


We talk with a noted author who specializes in FileMaker Pro, and why he’s talking to user groups, and post our third in a series of professional leadership training for MUG leaders.

Jonathan Stars
Jonathan Stars, author of Learn FileMaker Pro 7, talks about the latest edition of the Mac’s #1 database program, how and why he has been involved with user groups, and how MUGs can use FileMaker in their operations.

Jennifer Shelby
Jen Shelby, professional leadership trainer and coach, of Signature Leadership returns to continue discussions of user group motivation and leader training. This time around, Jen gives us some homework and offers personalized assistance to MUG leaders.

User Group Report #416: ApplePickers Film Festival, Back-To-School Campus Group Meetings & Canadian Macintosh User Groups


A regional film festival with a special guest presenter and judge, ideas for fall meetings of campus user groups, the month’s MUG -only vendor deals, and a new, regular feature: user groups from the Canadian perspective.

Bob McLaughlin
Bob McLaughlin of ApplePickers talks about their upcoming second annual Film Festival, what they learned from the first event, how this one is new and improved, why the next one will be even better, and how they created some extra synergy by snagging a judge who just happens to be an enthusiastic MUG fan and presenter.
Evan Chaney
Evan Chaney of the Apple Campus Group Advisory Board reports on some of the activities campus groups have planned as they return to school and kick-start their organizations for the upcoming year, and provides ideas for groups who haven’t finalized their schedules.
Jim Foster
Jim Foster of Macintosh Users East discusses his work in organizing a current database of Canadian Macintosh User Groups, how Canadian MUGs will benefit, and did at Macworld in Boston, and joins the User Group Report as our regularly appearing Canadian Correspondent.