Last night I had a great time attending a networking meeting about 10 minutes from where I live with women who share a similar interest of promoting their businesses and supporting other female business owners. The group is called The Grassroots Network of Orange County and in the last month, I have attended two different local meetings and plan to attend more.
Also, about a month ago, I found a group of local people who like to play tennis (and at my similar skill level) and meet at tennis courts only a short drive from my house. I now play with them every Wednesday and Saturday and I enjoy it tremendously.
What both of these groups have in common is that I found them through this fantastic resource called Meetup. I came upon the Meetup organization when I was searching online for people I could play tennis with in my local area. The link for Meetup.com came up and I have been using this resource regularly and I am thoroughly hooked! According to their website, they are the world’s largest network of local groups, making it easy for anyone to organize a local group or find one of thousands of other groups already meeting face-to-face. So as a blogger and promoter of connecting and meeting up with people in person—Meetup had my name written all over it!
And it appears I’m one of a many, many fans. With more than 13 million members, they are now in 196 countries and have more than 126,000 meetup groups formed. Thanks to them—there is a lot more purposeful connecting going on! Their company mission is to revitalize local communities and help people around the world self-organize. From my own experience, it is easy to join, gives you weekly e-mail reminders of upcoming meetups you signed up for, sends alerts of suggested meetup groups you might be interested in and after each meetup, makes it easy for you to respond online to say thank you to the people you met up with. How great is that!
So wherever you are, if you have an interest you would like to share with others in your local area, check them out at www.meetup.com. I did and I am forever grateful!