Just got out of my third meetup. For all of those who don’t know, Meetup.com is a site that allows users to organize groups meetings based on interests. It’s a great way to meet like minded individuals and chat about a common interest. So far I have never seen any cost associated with any group meetup or any pressure to buy any products or services related to the organizers. In fact, all of them have offered free coffee or refreshments! But most importantly, everyone is there for friendly discussions. It’s about networking and exchanging ideas with like minded people.
My first group was the Job Seeker & Career Transition Group. The organizer, Heather, did a phenomenal job of facilitating the conversation and keeping it on track. New strategies on how to go about your career search and what has and hasn’t worked for everyone were huge takeaways. Hearing other people’s perspectives can really change your focus and maybe shed some light on what you were doing wrong. And most importantly, meeting new people could be that connection to the new career you were looking for!
I also spent some time at a Toronto Business Leaders meeting and the Lean Coffee Toronto meetup. The former was a good place to interact with people afterwards but as an entrepreneur, I believe I was looking for something different in this group. Still, that doesn’t mean I didn’t meet some fascinating people afterwards.
The Lean Coffee meetup is a group of entrepreneurs and startup founders getting together to discuss topics related to the growing pains of starting your own business. This consisted of a much younger audience base (20s and 30s) than the Toronto Business Leaders (mostly 40s). This actually worked out far better for me because I fit into that younger age group, which may make the average member age something that Meetups should mention.
All-in-all, these are three great experiences where I have been able to get into some quality discussions and meet some interesting people. So stop sitting on your couch or your office chair and go Meetup!