I evaluated this opportunity for the Mensa demo in terms of Pros and Cons. Here's how it came out:
1. A guaranteed audience, and a large audience, at that.
2. The Mensa crowd is a high-probability recruiting opportunity for us. They are adults, they are readers, and they are have spare time (or else they wouldn't even join Mensa!).
3. They've already seen us once, and they liked us. They want us back for a bigger presentation.
4. Lots of advance notice, as much as anybody could hope for.
5. Someone else is doing all the work to arrange the publicity, the audience, and the site. We just need to show up and do the demo.(That's correct, isn't it, Margrett?)
1. Weekday scheduling. It requires taking a day off work.
Now, the weekday schedule *is* a very big Con. But the Mensa people
will also be
taking time off work to see the demo, so it must be worthwhile to them.
This looks like a golden opportunity for a recruiting demo. If we only do one major recruiting demo this year, we might as well do the high-probability one.
So I guess I have talked myself into volunteering for this demo, assuming that it happens. Unless some major life or work problem occurs, I will keep this on my schedule for Oct 29, and prepare to take a day off work for it.
"It's a tough job, but somebody's gotta do it!"
--- On Thu, 3/25/10, Margrett Norwoode <lady_mairead@ ameritech. net> wrote:
From: Margrett Norwoode <lady_mairead@ ameritech. net>
Subject: [Ayreton] Mensa demo
To: Ayreton@yahoogroups .com
Date: Thursday, March 25, 2010, 10:17 AM
Report of prior information, as requested. I don't think this will happen unless we give her a firm commitment to do it now, as she needs to plan around whatever her Friday focus is. She wants us to be that focus. We would be there on Friday during the daytime, for multiple hours. Start time is not firm at this point--we would coordinate that with her. But she really needs to know now if we're doing it--otherwise, she needs to make other plans.
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Response needed for possible demo:
Please see the following email from the coordinator of the Mensa Halloweem event. In 2009, I did a presentation on the life of an Elizabethan townsperson from a first person perspective, with Baroness Sarafina also attending to assist (because Cynthia only wanted 1-2 people presenting last year), and the room was packed. Cynthia was very happy with us. Now she wants a bigger SCA presence.
I know it seems as though October is a long way off, but we're already
working on some of the key elements of the the big Mensa weekend at the end of October.
We had talked about the possibility of staging a mini-Ren Faire on the Friday of the event (Oct. 29 this year), with a range of displays, artists, vendors, etc. As with last year, the compensation would again be free admission for the day of your choice at our event, plus for vendors, anything they earn selling their
wares, and of course a chance to tell people about SCA and its events, with the possibility of soliciting more interested parties.
Please let me know as soon as possible if you think we can plan on having this event. I do understand that you'd have to discuss this with others, but this would be one of the weekend's major events, so we do want to know if it will be happening.
I hope you'll be joining us again--and bringing your friends.
I look forward to hearing from you.