You’re finding your people and building a community — congrats!
There are a lot of ways you can deepen your relationships and elevate your community.
Be welcoming online and IRL
Communication builds trust and relationships. The way you interact with your members online is as important as the way you interact in person.
- Welcome everyone: Your members are your guests; welcome them the way you’d welcome someone into your home. Create a welcoming routine that works for you. Send out an automated welcome message to every new member and introduce them to others by starting a conversation on the Meetup group’s homepage.
- Be informative: Keep your members in the loop! Update your Meetup group’s events when times and locations change.
- Be a resource: Your members are looking at you as their guide — make sure you are answering their questions and offering solutions consistently.
Listen and collaborate
Gathering feedback shows that you’re listening to your members.
- Be open: Let your members know that you want to receive helpful feedback, and that you’re prepared to make positive changes. Listening and acknowledging their ideas means a lot.
- Be honest: When gathering feedback, be honest by following up with your members about what you’re able change and why you might not implement some suggestions.
- Be transparent: Acknowledge if you don’t have the answer to everything that comes up. Let your members know what your goals are and don’t be shy asking them for help.
Build in socializing
Even if your event is centered around a specific activity or presentation, create time for socializing. For example, if you’re all attending a movie together, make plans to meet at a nearby bar or coffee shop so everyone has time to make introductions. If you’re leading a presentation, set time on your agenda for open networking so everyone has a chance to make connections.