User groups offer many benefits — regardless of your skill level and interest level.
Make new friends. Meet people who share your interests and passions. Find a group of friends with whom you can talk about Macs, iPads, iPhones, iPods and more, or just hang out. Go to a monthly meeting or to special events.
Get support and enhance your skills. You’ve got questions. Your local user group has answers. Enhance your skills so you can take yourself to a new professional level, or create projects for your family or hobbies. User groups can help you work harder or play harder.
Teach. Maybe you’ve got some of the answers. User groups are a rewarding way for you to share your expertise. Someone may have helped you learn about technology; now you can repay the favor while meeting new people and making new contacts.
Save money. User group members receive exclusive benefits from a large number of companies. As a user group member, you can save money on software and new and used hardware from many of the top vendors.
Find local resources. The Internet provides many answers and resources. However, nothing beats the personal connection of meeting with local Mac users and exploring the resources that are available locally — from resellers to technical support to community activities.
Matchmaker. If you happened to find a date while at a group event, it wouldn’t be the first time in user group history. That’s what can happen when you find people in your community who have similar interests. User group meetings can even change your life through the relationships you form.
Make business contacts. Maybe you’re not looking for a date, but you could be looking for professional contacts and networks. Meet people who run and manage area businesses, law practices, and medical centers and discuss ways you can build relationships that are beneficial to all parties.
Volunteer in the community. User groups can help you make a difference in your community. Many groups offer volunteer opportunities that include helping in area schools, community centers or libraries.
Tell the world. Perhaps you’re passionate about the world’s greatest technology. User groups give you the chance to tell the world — or at least many people in your community. Help spread the news by hosting demonstrations and meetings at community events.
It’s just plain fun. There’s something about user groups that makes members come back time after time. They love it. They love the people they meet and the opportunities that user groups create. Being a user group member is just plain fun.