What is Meetup.com?
Meetup.com is a wonderful tool to connect you with your community. Join the site to meet new people with similar interests and attend events together.
Create an account on Meetup.com and join as many groups as you would like. There are groups for every topic you can imagine: book clubs, movie clubs, food, outdoor recreation, sports, volunteering, and more. Keep in mind if you don’t find the group you are looking for, you can always be a leader and create your own!
Ready to get started? Great! Let’s create a profile.
Creating a Profile
Scared? Don’t be! Meetup.com only requires a picture of yourself and a short bio (honestly, I am not sure the bio is mandatory, so leave this blank if you want to).
Do you know exactly what you are looking for? Awesome! Simply use the search box for those keywords.
Need a little more time? That is okay! Meetup starts you off with several suggestions. Just click on the ones you are interested in, and that will lead to lists of corresponding groups. You will find your niche in no time!
However, no matter what group you choose, you will want to consider the size of the group.
Benefits of Large Groups
Larger groups are likely to be have a variety of activities to choose from. This gives you a much better chance of finding something you’re interested in and feel comfortable trying. You are also more likely to meet a few people that you truly click with and want to meet again. If you make a few friends at these events, and would like to see them again let them know! The biggest drawback of large groups is that it is unlikely to meet the same people twice.
Benefits of Small Groups
I recommend that new Meetup members start by exploring small groups. Typically, there is a core set of members that habitually attend these events. Meaning, you will see a few of the same faces at each event. Making it easier to create long-lasting friendships.
Why It Is Worth it
Getting out of the house to meet new people, and do something you enjoy, does wonders for your you mental health. Even if it is just for a couple of hours a week. There is a chance the first couple of outings will be awkward, and that is okay. You are always welcome to leave and try again when you are ready. But there is also the chance that you’ll get lucky and find people you really click with and create life-long friendships. Try it. You got this!