Meetups are a great way to meet new people, network or just hang and learn a new hobby. There are groups suitable for most business and leisure activities.
When you first sign up, think about some of the groups you’d like to join. But don’t click all of the interests you like, as you’ll be bombarded with notifications.
Then you just need to search for an event you’d like to attend and RSVP. It’s good etiquette to update your RSVP status if you can’t make it, and you can message the host when any questions you might have.
The cost is usually a gold coin donation which goes toward paying for the yearly Meetup fees. Sometimes it might be a little higher if the host needs to hire a room or you are paying for food upfront.
I’ve enjoyed Meetups for art, dining out, photography, WordPress and small business skills. I prefer to attend business meetups with an agenda. Be careful some Meetups are full of people trying to sell their wares. Make sure you pack your business cards to swap, in case you meet someone interesting, or swap LinkedIn profiles on the spot.
If you’re a little nervous about meeting new people take a friend along, or make your goal to meet just one person.
Find Meetups so you can do more of what matters to you. Or create your own group and meet people near you who share your interests. Meetup website: https://www.meetup.com/
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