Your first event should be something simple, a meet and greet at a coffee shop or happy hour at a bar usually works best. Find a venue and speak with the manager/owner before to make sure they can accommodate your group. Use this opportunity to meet your members and get to know them. Ask them why they joined and what they’d like to get out of the group.
After getting to know your members, it’s time to plan the first real event! Come up with a creative/fun event that will intrigue your members and attract new people. This would be different depending on what your meetup group topic is. We host pub crawls, social hours, game watches, and also piggy back off events that are already occurring. Keep in mind, the events do not need to be created and hosted by you. Many of our meetups consist of going to other events together. If your meetup topic was outdoor activities, you could host things like hiking, kayaking, camping, etc. Be creative and plan diligently.
It’s very important to organize your meetups diligently. If you’re planning a weekend camping trip, think about the location, transportation, accommodation, food, drinks, weather, safety, etc. Being organized will create a better experience for your members and make your life a whole lot easier. Arrange everything first, calculate the cost, and charge a fair price.