So, you want to start a class / workshop / event? Bully for you, you're thinking like a do-ocrat! Here's what you should probably do and think about next:
Where's the Calendar
Here it is: PS:One Google Calendar
- First, gauge interest in your class (mailing list, IRC, or just shouting ideas during a meeting are all good methods), you probably want to make sure at least three to four people intend to show up, to make it worth your time.
- Decide what you want and don't want to teach. Set a scope that makes sense to you.
- Come up with a good name.
Establish a Date
- Pick a day and time that works for you and has space available on the PS1 calendar.
- Sending an email to the PR director at firstname.lastname@example.org with a formal request to add your event to the calendar.
- Warning! Don't try to ask the mailing list for a date that "works for everyone" down that path lies madness and obnoxiously long threads with no definitive answers. This is your project, make a command decision.
- Pick a day at least two (or more) weeks in the future so you can generate interest and people can plan to attend.
Write up a class description:
- Write something brief, and make sure to include the following things at the bottom of your post (seriously, use this exact format or you're going to get a lot of dumb questions from people who can't read anything not in bullet points):
- Who: who the class is intended for (the public, members only, beginners, intermediate, etc)
- Cost (if it's free, say that it's free, or people will ask)
- Where it is: include PS1's address, which room, etc
- (If you are going to use the Electronics Lab for events, please also subscribe to the electronics lab calendar (http://email@example.com&ctz=America/Chicago). Duplicate your event from the PS1 calendar by clicking the duplicate button in the more action drop down to create a reservation of the Electronics lab, and set your duplicated event to the Electronics lab calendar.)
- When it is: Date and time. Start time and end time might be nice, too.
- What you'll be teaching, what the event is about, etc
- Find an appropriate picture to go along with your description (because all blog posts must have pictures!)
Draw attention to your class:
- In everyone's fantasy world, you just put something on the calendar and hundreds of people flood into PS1 to sit at rapt attention while you expound intelligently on [insert class subject here]. That can happen, but you need to do some marketing first.
- Post your class description to at the very, very least the following places (this is minimum effort):
- PS1-Public list
- PS1-Private list
- The calendar: PS:One Google Calendar
- Other places you may want to consider:
- The Blog (which means a post on the web site)
- Facebook, make it an event.
- Other local hackerspaces' mailing lists (W88 and SSH for starters)
- Enthusiast mailing lists that talk about stuff you're interested in
- If your event is general interest enough, consider local event blogs like chicagoist, or local specialty blogs
- Make blog / similar blogs
- Eventbrite or Meetup or similar: Meetup.com https://wiki.pumpingstationone.org/Meetup
Create A Roster of Attendees
- You'll want to know how many people are coming
- You may want to send out waivers / any special instructions ahead of time
- Give your attendees a way of contacting you directly
On the Day of Your Event
- Show up early to make sure everything is in order for your event. Only you know how long that will take.
- Have guests or anyone that has not signed a waiver use an electronic (online) waiver if possible. Have paper copies of waivers ready for nonmembers, or anyone new that hasn't signed a waiver before.
- Make it easy for people to find you. Put up signs.
- Host your event! Share your enthusiasm for the subject!
After the Event
- Make sure your event doesn't leave a mess. Clean up. Take down signs, and make sure the door is firmly closed and locked if you had it unlocked/open.
- Get feedback from your attendees: what did they get out of the event? What do they think should be done differently?