November 2006 Archives

Put Al Gore in Your House

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Al Gore has recently become the face of the movement to reduce global warming with his film “An Inconvenient Truth.” In the film Al Gore shows a set of charts, graphs, and videos that make a compelling case that it’s time to alter lifestyles in order to save the Earth.

Many people who saw “An Inconvenient Truth” in theaters are looking for ways to share Al Gore’s message with their friends.

The easiest and most effective way to do this is to buy a copy of the DVD and hold a house party. Inviting friends and associates over to watch it together, followed by a group discussion, reaches people who wouldn’t have paid to see “An Inconvenient Truth” in theaters.

It you decide to host a house party showing of “An Inconvenient Truth” there are plenty of resources online to help you:

  • How to Host A House Party - Planning guide on how to plan and host a house party.
  • – A web site operated by fans of the movie and book "An Inconvenient Truth" to spread it's important message.
  • An Inconvenient Truth Educator's Resource - A section on, a community of film lovers and activists who are dedicated to engaging their minds, sharing their passions, and improving the world around them.
  • Climate Crisis - Official Web site and blog for the movie “An Inconvenient Truth.”
  • The Climate Project - A non-profit group that is training 1,000 lecturers who will present the information delivered in An Inconvenient Truth to audiences across America.

If you hold a house party to show “An Inconvenient Truth,” post a comment below and let us know how well it went.

Include Your Cell Phone Number

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I was recently reminded how important it is for event organizers to provide their cell phone number to people invited to a meeting or event.

I was invited to attend a small networking group at a local hotel the other evening. We didn’t know each other yet, but everything should have gone well because the organizer e-mailed everyone details (using SureToMeet) and included ways to spot the host.

Unfortunately, one person couldn’t find our group – and she didn’t have the cell phone number of our host.

So, make sure each person invited to your event or meeting has your cell phone number so you can guide them to your location.

Free Meeting Locations

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One of the problems that event organizers constantly face is finding good, inexpensive meeting locations.

We recently started hosting a free monthly networking event here in Los Angeles and faced this problem ourselves.

One of the people helping start our networking group suggested that we meet in the lobby/bar of a large hotel because it has plenty of room for a group to network, it's easy for everyone to find the building, and is usually not very busy. It turns out that it’s not easy to find a large hotel lobby/bar that can easily hold 100-150 people, but after visiting several hotels we found a good venue for our networking events.

We originally wanted a lobby/bar to avoid the costs of a meeting room while we started the networking group – especially since it’s free to attend our networking events! It turns out that there are other benefits, too. It’s easy for everyone to find our networking group when they arrive, the chairs and couches are comfortable for groups to sit and chat, and we attract people who are in the hotel for other meetings and events.

So, when you need a place for a group to meet, consider a nearby hotel lobby.

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