On Meetup, there’s no standard model for a successful community.
Great Meetup groups look completely different, but there is one common thread: events that bring people together.
A Meetup group can be many things — it’s a tight-knit group of five members who discuss a novel they’ve been reading, a group of fifty new runners training for their first race, dozens of entrepreneurs looking to learn from one another, or almost anything else you can imagine.
Success means something different to every organizer. Decide what it looks like for you.
What inspires your Meetup group?
Do you have specific expectations you want your group to accomplish over time? These could be anything from running your first marathon to starting a business together.
Perhaps you excel at a skill you want to share with the world. Your group can inspire others to try yoga, learn to paint, become a better public speaker, etc.
Other groups are born out of shared interests or common experiences. Your group can be the social spark that brings other true crime fans, sports junkies, or expatriates together in real life.
What’s the ideal size for your group?
Maybe you want to create intimate conversations and trust with a few people, or perhaps you want to keep onboarding volunteers to drive your group's mission. Your goal could even be to create a community that ignites other communities across the world.
Think about scaling your group, and how to create powerful events no matter who shows up.
What kind of organizer do you want to be?
Some organizers function like a ship’s captain. They share knowledge, own every event, and plot an exact course so everyone achieves their goals.
Others create leadership teams and work with their trusted members to plan and schedule events, ensuring everything they do is teamwork.