I've recently started a trading group among work colleagues/friends that have an interest in investing/trading for purposes of learning from each other and bounce ideas off each other. One of the big hurdles is that everyone seems to have little understanding of the markets/investing/trading in general. I've taken it upon myself to educate everyone to get everyone on the same level so we can actually have some constructive discussions about investing/trading.
One of the things I'm cautious about is maintaining everyone's level of interest at a high level. I must also admit that 99% of people I speak to about stocks is more on the skeptical side and often regard the stock market as "gambling" - I've been lucky enough to sort through all these people and pick out individuals with open minds and a keen initial desire to learn more.
I was curious to hear how others have fared with activities like this, especially the veterans on their experiences and traps/pitfalls to look out for.