So just to let people know that there is no ‘official’ Open Coffee Sligo happening this thursday (5th May) – but we plan to have some interesting gatherings and discussion over the coming months.
First though – I want to mention where we are at with some of the ideas we were throwing around for a collaborative workspace in Sligo. Back in our January meetup – we discussed what a shared work space might look like, and the type of person that might be interested. To move this forward – we compiled a survey so that we could get an understanding of what the level of interest was like.
To date – we have received 15 responses; If you have not already completed the survey but are genuinely interested in a shared workspace – you can complete it here:
Unknown to us while doing all of this – a local Sligo based company is interested in providing a facility like the one that we had imagined. To this end – they are going to be a outline and present the workspace – along with fee structures, membership options, etc – at our next meetup. More details on this to follow – but if you want to have input on this, the June meeting is definitely one to be at.
Moving on to some topics we covered in April’s meetup – one thing we know very well at this point is that predefined topics, with a speaker – always provide great interest to attendees. With that in mind – we brainstormed a few topics that would be of interest to lots of people. These included individual sessions/discussions on
- Search Engine Optimisation (surprise surprise)
- The Sales Process
- Creativity/Innovation for SME’s
- Monetising Facebook (paraphrased as making best use of followers)
- Google Ads & Analytics
- Employment issues for SME’s taking on staff (contracts, motivation, self-directed working, etc)
We agreed that much of these topics would NOT be 101 type stuff – we have moved beyond that – but would actually provide insight and real experience from practitioners.
With that in mind – we have made some initial exploration on the possibility on getting people from Facebook/Google to an event in Sligo – but it appears travel beyond the pale is out of the question.
So while we have not scheduled any of these topics just yet – this post should provide readers with a good update on our thinking, and of the range of topics that we might cover over the upcoming months.