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.

User Group Report #415: ClubExpress, The Brigham Young University Mac Users Group, DL Expo Discounts & More


Looking for a way to streamline your group’s dues collection, membership renewals and web site? The answer might be in this edition, along with information and commentary from the campus group community, user group opportunities at a new Expo, and more.

Dan Ehrmann
Dan Ehrmann of ClubExpress outlines the operational tools his company can provide to clubs of all kinds, including Macintosh User Groups, to make the administration of the organization easier. Dues collection, credit card processing, fully functional web sites with members-only access and more are all included at a price any group can afford.

Andrew Jacobs
Andrew Jacobs of the Brigham Young University Mac Users Group profiles his group as the semester starts, talks about why Macs are popular with students even if not with the university, and how they will be offering video meeting archives to their members.

User Group Report #414: The Apple User Group Program, Apple Network Manager’s Association, MUG Deals & More


In this edition we take an in-depth look at the Apple User Group program, and what it can offer your group, talk with the leader of a brand new MUG, outline the latest vendor deals for user group members, and more.

CompassCharles Edge of the new Apple Network Managers Association in Los Angeles gives us a look at his brand new user group, what inspired them to specialize, and how they are taking advantage of various resources to get things off the ground.
The Apple User Group Program is the first place any user group, new or old, should look for resources and support. We take an in-depth look at all aspects of the program so that your group is fully informed on what is available.