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Samuel Baldwin wrote:
> Hello everyone.
> I'm new to BLU, and have not attended a meeting yet.
> I plan to be there on the 16th and 19th, or at least one of those.


> My main question is what the atmosphere is like. Is it a class-room
> type setting where we all shut-up and let the speaker talk? Or a
> speaker talks, but we interject when appropriate? Speaker talks,
> then open discussion? Somewhere inbetween? 

In part, it's up to the presenter, but they almost always accept 
questions in-line AND at the end.  See, Marketing folks just want to get 
through their presentation.  Geeks want you to drink the Kool-Aid.  We 
don't suffer Marketeers.

Either way, every single meeting starts with a Q&A portion where the 
audience can ask questions on any topic, whether it's relevant to the 
presentation or not.  That usually goes on from about 6:30 to 7:10, and 
the main presentation starts shortly after.  Sorry, no previews or 
cartoons or news reels.

I'll add one more point.  I've been a member for (I think) about a 
decade (I'm an Officer now), and the thing I like most about BLU is they 
are not snobbish about answering questions from novices, but they're 
right there with the answers to the tough questions, too.  I think 
that's one of the secrets of our longevity.  We don't scare off the newbies.

 > I'd assume it's
> an enjoyable experience, since you all keep going back.. :P

As I hope you will.  I've probably missed no more than three or four 
meetings in the past six years.

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