Greg Skloot joined the North­eastern Entre­pre­neurs Club as a first-​​year stu­dent, when he was one of only 10 stu­dents in the small group. By the time he was named pres­i­dent of the E-​​Club in his senior year, the club boasted more than 200 aspiring entrepreneurs.

The E-​​Club is now one of the best student-​​run entre­pre­neur­ship clubs in the world, according to an online com­mu­nity that ranked the top 20 pro­grams on col­lege cam­puses around the globe. As it started to make its mete­oric rise to promi­nence, other stu­dent leaders started to con­tact Skloot to learn how the group achieved such rapid success.

As our club grew and started to become well-​​known, I began hearing from other clubs,” said Skloot, who grad­u­ated with a bachelor’s degree in busi­ness admin­is­tra­tion in 2012. “I real­ized that a lot of what we had done could actu­ally be helpful to other people.”

With this in mind, Skloot started working on an e-​​book in the final semester of his senior year on how to run a suc­cessful stu­dent group.

The e-​​book—“Get­ting Orga­nized: How to Build a Great Stu­dent Orga­ni­za­tion at a Uni­ver­sity”—became avail­able as a free down­load ear­lier this month and is based on Skloot’s own expe­ri­ences. Sup­ple­mented with insight from fellow leaders and E-​​Club mem­bers, the book focuses on pro­gram­ming, mar­keting, oper­a­tions, mem­ber­ship, events, and leadership—the six areas that play major roles in the suc­cess of an up-​​and-​​coming stu­dent group.

I hope people can look at it, get the inside scoop on what our team did to take some­thing so small and turn it into some­thing so big, and let that serve as an inspi­ra­tion,” said Skloot. “The E-​​Club was a very big suc­cess story here at North­eastern and I hope that can be applic­able and useful to other groups trying to accom­plish sim­ilar things.”

Skloot noted two key traits of suc­cessful campus orga­ni­za­tions: stu­dents, not fac­ulty or staff, run the group, and guest lec­tures from big-​​name speakers take on a casual and less aca­d­emic feel.

The big theme that runs through the whole book is stu­dent own­er­ship, where stu­dents create and run things without fac­ulty involve­ment in their pro­grams,” said Skloot. “If you can do that, you create this atmos­phere where people are learning but it doesn’t feel like school. You’re learning in a way that isn’t offi­cially autho­rized, almost, and the atmos­phere is so student-​​centric that it’s a place that people just want to be.”

Fol­lowing his grad­u­a­tion, Skloot served as chief oper­ating officer for the mar­keting firm Influencers@. Ear­lier this month, he began working full time for Attend­ware, a com­pany he co-​​founded that helps orga­ni­za­tions facil­i­tate event check-​​ins and keep track of guests. Attend­ware counts Northeastern’s Center for Research Inno­va­tion and the university’s Office of Alumni Rela­tions as two of its clients.

Skloot’s also busy pro­moting his e-​​book on social media and reaching out to people who sought advice during his tenure as E-​​Club pres­i­dent. “I’m hoping that as people read it, they’ll find it useful, grow their own groups, and pass the mes­sage along,” he said.