It's only Tuesday night, and I've been to two user group meetings this week--last night was the Continuous Delivery Dallas meeting with Ken Collier, and tonight was DFW Scrum with Mary and Tom Poppendieck. Talk about thought leaders! I am so glad to be part of a community where we can host such leaders, learn from them, and ask questions. It's incredible to have these opportunities right here in my own city on a fairly regular basis.
I think the success of our community's user groups can be accomplished in other areas. Seth Godin is quite familiar with leading tribes and reminds us that, "Over time, an engaged and motivated base of followers is the single best way to earn more followers."
Seek others who are interested in learning and sharing to establish a strong user group; recruit members through actions like:
1. meet someone by shaking his/her hand
2. treat someone like a friend
3. introduce someone to your friends
4. introduce someone to your group
5. ask someone to join