Two thumbs up for Meetup

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-10-2005
Two thumbs up for Meetup
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Thu, 08-09-2012 - 10:08pm

I know people have had mixed experiences with Meetup.com, but I wanted to share 2 very positive experiences that I had recently.  First, I went to a networking group event last week.  There were over 50 people there, and a career coach gave a short lecture which was helpful.  I met some genuinely nice people and potentially good contacts.

Then, I went to a more local social group tonight - the first meeting of this particular group.  There were about 10 of us in a local bar.  It was a nice group of professionals and the conversation flowed freely.

It's hard to say whether I will make any long term friends in either of these groups, but it was still nice to get out and be with friendly people for an evening!  So perhaps even if you haven't had good luck in the past with meetups, this will give you hope.

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-10-2005
Fri, 08-10-2012 - 4:15pm

Music provided a great reply, but I wanted to add that both of these events were free, and you just purchase yourself a beverage from the bar.  And I also agree with her that while it's hard to go alone without knowing anyone, you just need to do it and it becomes easier.

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-28-1999
Fri, 08-10-2012 - 10:21am

Hi Misslynn (and everybody else who has never gone to an event)

It's always hard to go to an event where you don't know anybody but once you do it, it's not so bad.  I first joined a meetup group that was focused on going out to eat in my suburban area.  The first meetup I went to was a sunday brunch & this one turned out to be about 8 women so I figured it wouldn't be too threatening--the women turned out to be all very nice.  somehow I haven't been to that many from this group lately--maybe I manage to go a couple of times a year.  It's always different people but I've met very interesting people.  I'm sure if I went often that I would make friends outside the group.

Then my friend convinced me to join this single parents group.  I was hesitant cause my kids are older but she said the founder's kids are in college & out of the house so you just have to have kids--it doesn't matter what age.  So the first thing I went to was going to a bar to go dancing.  I was nervous but it was like 5 mins. from my house so I figured if it was terrible, I'd just go home--I actually had a lot of fun and I did another bar one and tomorrow night I'm going to a new members dinner even though I joined a while ago, I've only been to 2 events so i guess that qualifies me.  for this group, there is no fee for events.  For the dinner group, they have an annual membership & if you're not an annual member, you have to pay $2 for an event--all groups will say whether you have to pay in their details.

You should look some up in your area--esp. where you are in an urban area there are probably lots of things to do and not all focus on singles or dating.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 05-14-1999
Fri, 08-10-2012 - 10:13am
Thanks, Confused. I have never done meetup. I might have to check it out.
iVillage Member
Registered: 01-24-2011
Fri, 08-10-2012 - 9:56am

I have always wanted to attend one but I am too chicken.

So glad to hear of your positive experience.

How much do you pay to attend each of the events?

Community Leader
Registered: 07-16-2001
Fri, 08-10-2012 - 2:49am
I'm glad you had some good experiences! I bet if you meet up with the same group a few times, you're bound to click with someone!