One of the keys to leading a long and happy life is the ability to socialize. It was hard for people who were hunkered down in isolation because of the pandemic. Fortunately, there are tools that make it easy to stay in touch with each other, network, share similar interests, and meet new friends. One of those tools is Meetup.
If you’ve never been on the Meetup website you’re in for a treat. Once you sign up you can put in your zip code to find out what’s going on in your area. Groups that match your interests and location will populate your feed. If you’re interested in hiking, going out to eat, networking for your business, support, discussions, workshops, and just about anything, there is a group for you.
How Meetup works
As a group organizer, you will find that it’s easy to connect with those interested in what you have to offer. If you’re an expert in a particular topic you can share your expertise, expand your business connections, explore your city, or just have fun. The possibilities are endless.
Meetup lets you set your own meeting schedule and its search engine lets others who share your interests find you and join your group. Your group members will receive announcements and reminders with your meeting details.
If they have questions or concerns, they can communicate with you safely on Meetup, so you don’t have to share your private information. In my opinion, it’s the best and most efficient meeting platform on the web.
My experiences using it
The first group I joined were fun-loving people who got together to enjoy activities and restaurants in Los Angeles. Sometimes we would meet each other at a museum or get together for a meal or winetasting. It was a blast.
I’ve also used it to find small business networking groups in my local area so I could meet and connect with other business owners.
When I was running a chapter for a national networking organization, I became a Meetup organizer and held forum previews with business owners every week. It was an excellent way to gain contacts, referrals, and learn about each other’s projects.
Recently, I’ve been meeting with a group of world travelers organized by a woman who has visited over 80 countries in the world. We used to get together at various venues around LA to talk about recent trips, share expert travel tips and connect with others who enjoy traveling.
During the pandemic, our meetings were virtual. That made it possible to meet with travelers from outside our local area and don’t have to deal with LA traffic.
Our organizer turned me on to a Meetup group that held weekly dance parties. I joined on July 4th and danced myself silly for four hours while our organizer DJ’d and showed fireworks. It was so much fun!
Become a group organizer
You may have thought about putting together your own group who are interested in the same things you are. What about starting a knitting group, a book club, or yoga class? As a Meetup organizer, you can turn others on to new experiences, expand your business, or offer support services from everything from grief to making cupcakes.
Baby Boomers over 50 can discuss retirement, menopause, fitness, or meet and greets to get to know others in the same age demographic. Your meetings can help others avoid the isolation that they’ve been experiencing from the pandemic and from aging in general.
Why you should become an organizer now
Meetup is currently offering 50% off new organizer subscriptions so if you want to start a group now is a perfect time.
If you could create a group that meets regularly, what topic or activity would you promote and how would it benefit you as a Meetup organizer? Please leave a comment below.