(1) Dont' ask.. Just say " We are going to ahve a Mini in X on ABC ".. whos coming.. you'll get a ferw that say its impossible but in the main, if people what to come they will. (2) Ask people to do some jobs.. Dont' ask if people want to help. Most will just stay quiet because they think they are not going to be useful. THeres so much talent out there, but some folks don't realise how good they are. They just need someone to say " Hey JoeFredBen, can you show us how you made yoru WizzyWigWhatsit ".. (3) Don't get too dispondetn with the neighsayers.