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Julianna Tetreault

Hi, Tanaka!

What advice would you give to someone hoping to start a monthly meetup of their own? Is there anything that you wished you had known before organizing TechLeadership?

Thanks so much in advance!

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Tanaka Mutakwa Ask Me Anything

Hello Julianna

Thanks for your question.

Here is some advice around starting a monthly meetup from the top of my head:

  • Find one or two other people to help as co-organisers. You can share ideas and spread the load of any work that needs to be done.
  • Start a meetup on a topic you are very passionate about, that way you will always be motivated to keep going and learning.
  • Meetups are less about the number of attendees but more about the learning and good conversations that happen between people who attended. A small group with a great discussion topic is better than a bigger group just chatting randomly.
  • Make use of a platform such as Meetup.com, they provide a good foundation for setting up and organising events.
  • Be consistent, don't skip any monthly events.
  • Promote your meetup so people are aware of it. Make use of your social sites - LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram.

I hope that helps :-)