Every community starts with hello
At your Meetup
- Make time to say “hi.” Be warm and welcoming — look them in the eye, smile, and introduce yourself as soon as you can.
- Set expectations. Remind everyone what this Meetup’s agenda is. Clarifying the day’s activities gives members something to do right away when they get to the Meetup.
- Open things up with interesting group questions. Prepare a question or two that members can use to get to know each other. It should be specific, fun, and related to the theme of the Meetup.
Meetup has communication tools to keep conversations going.
Reach out using the Mailing List.
- Send a message to attendees the day before a Meetup to remind them. Shout out that newbies will be there, mention you’re looking forward to seeing everyone, and remind them of anything they’ll need to bring.
- Follow up with attendees the day after a Meetup to thank everyone, continue a conversation, and give a hint to what might come next.
- Value your members’ time—limit yourself to 1 or 2 messages per Meetup.
Connect through comments.
- Reply to members with timely, conversational, informative comments. Member can’t make it? Make sure they know when the next Meetup will be and welcome them to it.
- Tell members how to find you (i.e. the woman with the pink hair at the back table) and encourage them to reach out if they’ll be late. Assure them they’ll be welcome even if they’re not on time!
Brainstorm what’s next in Discussions.
- Suggest ideas for new Meetups and respond to member ideas in this short-form discussion tool.
- Keep conversations going between Meetups and cultivate an atmosphere where members feel empowered to connect and share ideas.