I know what I think is great. I want to know YOU think.
You don't get paid to go... You don't get a certificate or even a pat on the back. You probably have 10 other things you could be doing with your time, so what gives? Why do you go?
For me, it's about meeting other SW users and talking about things SW. At a user group meeting you can ask if anyone is having similar issues(not like the NESWUC, where my VAR was presenting a workshop on configuarations and design tables, and completely shut me down when I asked about a scenario that causes major headaches where I work), or you may pick up a useful tip or trick to make your work easier. In this down economy it is also a forum to network with other users who may know of employment opportunities. It is good place to just discuss things outside of the work environment.
HAVE MERCY! You guys crack me up... Thankfully, I was not taking a drink at the moment I read your comments!
Free food is nice... Free toys are fun... Nerds are endearing.
FREE EDUCATION is AMAZING!! Have you SEEN the price of education??? Ouch!
I go for the free education... I enjoy reading blogs and forums too! It's FREE information! I don't know about you, but I started filling my brain MUCH quicker since this world wide web thing came along! (dang it, I'm old enough to remember the world before it spun a web.)
I wish I could give more than one "Correct Answer" gold star on the forums... Mike, I agree with you as well. It has been a great resource for our users to ask questions face to face especially!
THANK YOU so much for all your comments! I am going to use this tonight at our SWUGONE meeting! Cheers!
This is obviously a question from a person that uses one of those other softwares out there, not SW. Last night at our meeting, we had a younger gentleman that has just recently seen the light and decided to check out the capabilities of SolidWorks. He has used Ideas and Inventor, but after attending our meeting last night, he thinks the obvious direction is SW. How could he have been so blinded in the past?? He saw, he took in, he thouroughly enjoyed, he left a convert. (Besides, everyone goes home with a door prize from our meetings.) Now that's what's so great about SolidWorks user group meetings.
Here is a email just got from a new attendee to user group community:
I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you and your team for putting these SW users groups together. I have benefited quite a bit from the presentations these groups have put on. I was hesitant to come to a meeting at first because I am fairly new to SW and I was concerned that the discussions would be over my head. As it turns out the presentations have been extremely helpful and I have learned a lot of neat tricks that have improved my productivity with SW. I am very glad that I am a part of the Boston group and I would like to encourage other SW users to attend our meetings. I have learned that whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro you can benefit from coming to these meetings. Aside from the great tips you get from the presenters you can also network with other professionals in your field and pick up even more information. It is also a great forum to learn about job opportunities if you happen to be looking for work. I hope that more folks will start taking advantage of this opportunity to learn how to improve their SW’s skills. I guarantee that once you come to one meeting you will be hooked.
I appreciate the hard work and dedication that you and your team put into arranging these meetings…it is a lot of work!!
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