One of the most difficult groups you’ll ever have to create is that of forming your own national support group. Very often you find people try to give you advice in areas they have never developed any skill or business yet want you to go out of your way and take their advice just on face value.
All through last year, I kept telling students taking the webmaster training class that, sometimes, it’s not all about how much code you can write between the shortest possible time, but whether that code can live on and evolve over a period of 5 years enough to test its sustainability on longevity. I have had a few groups going, some successful, others not nearly as successful as I would have wanted and these were Adobe Support Groups to support its flagship software Dreamweaver and Flex. The Flex didn’t really go well because I was not the expert on Flex but the young man I hinge my group on left to start something totally new in a different profession, so that thought me a great lesson. (You cannot send a boy to do a man’s job)
This article will try to give you some useful advice on most of the stages you’ll have to deal with when things get tougher and, how to keep it afloat so that, everything you start will not go down the drain; as the group grows, you have to start planning for its future – it will become one of your key issues to deal with.
Small WhatsApp groups, twitter, facebook, LinkedIn, etc. are somewhat manageable if it’s for just under 200 members, however, if you are looking at coming up with a national support group or anything of that magnitude then the immediate priorities of the group changes. You will have to look at things like forming a committee, setting up an area group network and registering the group as a charity. It helps if those involved in the day-to-day running and management of the group to evaluate progress, consolidate developments and determine priorities for the future.
There are some key areas to consider when planning a support group of this magnitude. The four main areas are the Forming, Storming, Norming and Performing and these main areas which will be talked about briefly in the next session have to be combined with the AMOS Methodology. Join The SkyPro Insititute of Languages And Technology to study the AMOS Methodology.