The other day I had a discussion with a friend about her desire to spend more time around people who had her same interests. She had recently moved to a new city and felt like she was missing out on that interpersonal connection she had enjoyed by interacting with what she called her “hometown support group.”
She described this support group as part mastermind – part accountability – part fun. It sounded a lot like a social group but she explained that she could have fun with anyone but her support group helped her to stay focused and productive.
The more she talked, the more it sounded like she needed to join a Meetup Group. So in my infinite wisdom, I asked “why don’t you join a meetup group in your area.” As expected she looked at me as if I had grown another head. Head cocked to the side and eyes bugged out with hands on her hips she looked in her phone and said “what the heck is that.” (See that’s why you don’t talk to friends on FaceTime, they can easily give you the stink eye when you are trying to be serious.)
I have to admit I was a little surprised that this fully empowered woman knew absolutely nothing about Meetups. So then I thought – I wonder how many other people are in her situation and don’t know that meetups are options.
What is a Meetup?
A meetup is a social connection website which allows users to create and/or join a Meetup Group. There are various topics of which one may choose which include things like:
Health & Wellness
The groups can then be filtered based on number of miles from you location as well as sub categories like sci-fi, young professionals, etc. Each group is created by a coordinator and their slogan is “we are what we do.” It’s a mastermind and a social network. It’s whatever you want it to be.
Of course, there is an app which makes finding a group as easy as picking up your phone. So if you are new to a city or trying to promote your business, Meetup might be what you are seeking.
Til next time,
“Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family: Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.” – Jane Howard