8 Ways to Maximize Business at a Meetup

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From Trust Agents by Chris Brogan and Julien Smith

Meetups are popular social gatherings usually organized around a particular business topic or hobby or other special interest. There’s a meetup.com site where you can learn if there are any events in your area (though many events happen without being facilitated through that site).

Here’s how you can do business at meetups

1. You can connect your online presence with face-to-face humans.

2. Before an event, research for information about who will be there.

3. Check Flickr.com for photos of attendees, so you can recognize them when you see them.

4. Check Twitter for mention of organizations of attendees.

5. At the event, find the people you most want to meet — earlier, rather than later.

6. It’s not about how many business cards you hand out, but how many useful ones you collect.

7. Be conversational and polite and do not monopolize any one person’s time.

8. After the event, send brief notes to people whom you want to build a relationship.

Don’t forget that you, too, can start a meetup group to gather together like-minded individuals.

FURTHER READING:

Chris Brogan’s  primary blog

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Networking DO’S and DON’TS

Beyond the Hype: Roadmap for Social Media

Why social media is like a day at the beach

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Posted by Shari Weiss   @   27 August 2011
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Aug 27, 2011
2:11 pm

Hi Shari Weiss,
This is really very good and informative article. This can be very helpful for productive business meetings. Thanks for the information.

Aug 29, 2011
1:07 am
#2 sanjay :

You can also research a bit about the meet up so you’ll be able to talk about it and prepare some questions, that way you can get an attention or so.
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Aug 29, 2011
4:39 pm

Great advice Shari … even though I’ve been in sales all my life I confess I’ve always hated this kind of gathering because I am a true introvert. I share that because I want to let other readers know who may have similar reservations, that you CAN take the pain out of these events and do just as well as the extroverts. The thing to do is focus on individuals and small groups, and make sure you set aside some time after the event to recharge …
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Aug 29, 2011
4:50 pm

Thanks for this informative post. It may also help to google some of the names of the people you know might be attending and what are their line of business. The most important thing about such meet ups is the follow up part, you must not wait for the other person to contact you first.
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Aug 30, 2011
1:55 pm
#5 Theuns :

Hi Shari

Yes this is a good way to meet up coming
business partners m you can build good
relationships anf\d you never know what will
come out of it.

Regards
Theuns
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Author Aug 31, 2011
6:47 pm

Marquita, one of the best networking tips I’ve heard lately — and try to practice — is to go with the attitude of looking for things you want to buy NOT you wanting to sell. The entire dynamic between you and your new friend is entirely different. People will like you and want to know what you do.

Author Aug 31, 2011
6:53 pm

Pam, I just attended a workshop entitled “Roomful of Referrals” which I may turn into a blog post. Basically, though, the advice is that when you approach a new person, try to figure out how There are signs which show that the person is outgoing or introverted, talkative or an observer, etc. The key is to understand that the way YOU may want someone to talk with you may not work when you go up to someone else.

Author Aug 31, 2011
6:54 pm

I just said the same thing to friend I met just over a year ago. You never know what our continued association may lead to that could be mutually rewarding.

Sep 2, 2011
9:34 pm
#9 Rachel Lavern from Live for Success :

This is short but definitely sweet. Interestingly, I have been attending meetups for approximately three years and it has not once occurred to me to look up meeting attendees before my research to make better use of my time. Thanks for sharing this brilliant idea.
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Author Sep 5, 2011
1:32 am
#10 Shari Weiss :

Rachel, what new ideas can you add to this list that came from Chris Brogan’s book?

Sep 5, 2011
1:47 am
#11 musculation :

A very good and useful information is given here in above blog. It will definitely be useful while we go for a business meetup.Thanks.

Sep 6, 2011
11:01 pm
#12 Linda Thomas :

Hi Shari,
I’m having an event soon, so your post is a great reminder for me. I really like your idea to research social media prior to the event if you know some of the attendees. I also really liked the reminder that it’s not how many business cards you give out; but how many useful ones you collect. And I have a plan to put this into practice at my upcoming event.
Thank you for sharing!
Linda

Sep 7, 2011
11:13 am

It was recently suggested to me that I look into meetups. But what are they and how do you find them? Are some better than others? Who sponsors them? Frankly, I don’t know much about them. I just did a quick search and see that there is a major site dedicated to at least one of my questions – http://www.meetup.com/
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Sep 8, 2011
12:31 pm

Hi Shari,
I am a great fan of Meetup groups. It is one of the best secrets out there that people don’t talk about. This is why I like this post. Most people are so stuck online, they forget that there is an off line way to market too.
I’ve attended some and I have to say that your point where it is better to receive good business cards, than give out your own. I’ve made some very good contacts that way because I made the calls and didn’t leave it up to another to call me.
Awesome Post.
Blessings,
Donna Merrill

Author Sep 9, 2011
11:52 pm
#15 Shari Weiss :

Donna, your comments remind me of the fact that so much of life is what WE make of it, i.e., taking those cards and following up or meeting “a few good people? at an event.

Author Sep 9, 2011
11:53 pm
#16 Shari Weiss :

good points, Richard. One thing you might do, though, is simply go online to “meetup.com” and check for TOPICS that you are interested in and put in your zipcode.

Author Sep 9, 2011
11:55 pm
#17 Shari Weiss :

Yes, Linda, we do have to do some “work” to get the real value out of events [and lots of other things as well]. :-)

Author Sep 9, 2011
11:55 pm
#18 Shari Weiss :

you need to revisit this site and tell us if you were able to find more value by using any of the tips listed in the article.

Sep 13, 2011
2:06 am
#19 George from ipad app development :

Thank you for really good tips. I agree that recognizing people can play a very important role in creating partnership. When you recognize people you’ve never met before they might feel you serious attitude and preparation for making business.

Sep 20, 2011
3:43 pm
#20 Pete Goumas :

Hi Shari Weiss,
It is a very nice and helpful post on business meetings.
Thanks for sharing 8 ways to maximize business at a meetup. This post is very helpful especially for those who are new in this field.
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Sep 22, 2011
12:58 am
#21 Samantha :

Great and informative post..It is useful and helpful for the business meeting..Good job..Thanks for the info..
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Sep 28, 2011
10:17 am
#22 Elaine :

This is so informative post that is a great help for future business meetings.
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Sep 28, 2011
12:41 pm
#23 Annie from Massage Nashville TN :

Good tips! I never would have thought of the Flickr idea.

Author Sep 28, 2011
1:47 pm
#24 Shari Weiss :

Elaine, is there one tip you like more than any others?

Author Sep 28, 2011
1:48 pm
#25 Shari Weiss :

Annie, will you use the Flickr tip?

Sep 29, 2011
11:50 am
#26 dave :

i am happy that someone is doing nice work i really like your post
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Oct 2, 2011
9:49 am
#27 Jade Tiu :

Its my first time to hear about meetups. And I think the group is a nice place to be with. Since you have the chance to meet real people and real business partner.
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Oct 3, 2011
10:52 pm

Before, I always got problems and issues with regards on how to meet up with my colleagues especially if some of them are out of town or in a vacation,but it seems that my problems have a solution already. Anyway, going back to the topic you are discussing here in your post, with no hesitations I do agree with your idea and concept with regards on how to meet up businesses issues with the help of this social networking sites. Honestly, they have been a great help for all of us especially in the field of communications and also, that one thing simply prove that our technologies are getting higher and innovative as time passes by. how much more in the near future? To the author of this post, thank you for sharing the idea, I admit, I learned new things from you.

Oct 4, 2011
3:35 pm

I have done that – and tonight I am going a step further! I am interviewing Mel Kotlyar of MeetupZoo.com who will share his experiences of monetizing groups he has created thru MeetUp.com I will in fact start exploring existing groups and hope to create something appropriate in my area in early 2012.
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Oct 5, 2011
9:31 am
#30 Melodie Kantner from Network Marketing Success :

Those are all good points. Thanks for the reminders. I will keep them in mind next time I attend a meetup. It’s a good way to make local connections.
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Author Oct 5, 2011
12:21 pm
#31 Shari Weiss :

Local connections are key in this world where personal recommendations are meaning more and more every day.

Author Oct 5, 2011
12:25 pm
#32 Shari Weiss :

Richard, PLEASE send me a link to the story once you write up your interview. Perhaps I might even think about publishing as a Guest Post on my blog if you are interested.

Oct 13, 2011
10:42 pm

Shari,
this is needed information that I have never herd of as a meetup?

This is a standard in Boston. We have these meeting with different groups. I just never needed to attend one. I usually will met people on a daily bases by just traveling downtown and in our local areas.

It doesn’t hurt being withing our churches with all the weekly groups and gatherings.

This is something I will complete my due diligence in creating one that will help more people just looking for having a side business.

Shari, your a true visionary in our industry and one I will be following. Thank you for sharing and caring. Looking forward to your next amazing post.
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Oct 15, 2011
2:30 pm
#34 Robert :

Maximizing business at a right time and place is very important. It is not very easy at the same time. Your ways to maximize business at a meetup are very essential.
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Oct 15, 2011
4:41 pm
#35 Scott Jones :

Well I do realise that these types of meet ups are important from a business point of view but sometimes what comes out from these meetings are lots of networking on the spot, but little follow up. Also sometimes people are not really interested in what you do per se, they talk only because they have to, you know what I mean? say Hi hello and then drop off the surface of earth.
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Oct 17, 2011
2:51 pm
#36 Anna :

Very nice and useful tips. And the most important in my opinion is to stay calm and show your qualities. Be self-confident.
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Oct 18, 2011
7:45 am
#37 Mathan Kumar :

Yes. I agree with all of your points .Especially ”
Check Flickr.com for photos of attendees, so you can recognize them when you see them.”

and
“After the event, send brief notes to people whom you want to build a relationship”

will helps for the pre and post preparation meetup
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Oct 20, 2011
5:43 am
#38 Michael :

“It’s not about how many business cards you hand out, but how many useful ones you collect.” – so true…Thanks for sharing the tips!

Best,
Michael
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Oct 22, 2011
1:37 pm
#39 Rick Lelchuk :

Shari,
Timely information, glad I found it. In the process of creating a Meetup Mastermind group. Never done one before, so jumping in at the deep end!
Thanks,
RICK
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Oct 23, 2011
8:48 pm
#40 Charles from Las Vegas Homes for Sale :

Connecting face to face with people you may have been friendly with online can certainly cement a relationship. Socializing will lead to better business relationships and more business down the road.
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Oct 24, 2011
2:49 am

There are two things you need to set when starting a business like firstof all, Set your target audience and second be conversation and polite with your audience. Although having a short audience but touch with them lifetime is more important rather than targeting un limited audience.
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Oct 25, 2011
7:24 am
#42 Camille :

We all want to avoid this, but, in life, rejection is inevitable. Even uber hot celebrities like Halle Berry and Angelina Jolie get dumped. There’s just no way around it.
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Oct 26, 2011
12:03 am
#43 Marquitta :

Useful and great sharing of tips..If you had connecting to a lot of people it will build a nice relationship..
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Oct 31, 2011
6:46 am
#44 Samantha :

I try and attend all the local business social meetups, breakfasts and coffee mornings that I can. Even though my dating review site isn’t a b2b service I’ve landed lots of web design and SEO jobs through them.

The only downside is, all the buffets and breakfasts add inches to the old waistline
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Oct 31, 2011
6:07 pm
#45 Pam :

totally agree with you.. especially about flickr and twitter.. it’s easy to spy someone these days..
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Nov 3, 2011
1:18 am
#46 Fortunato :

Nice post!Socializing will lead to better business relationships and more business down the road.
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Nov 4, 2011
1:07 pm
#47 Lynda Cromar :

Wow Shari you share some great tips here about meetups. I am going to book mark this site to come back to and thanks for your insight. Often without planning meetups or other live events can be a bit disappointing!
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Nov 8, 2011
8:53 am
#48 Janis :

oh i totally agree, socializing/connecting to people will surely helps maximize your business.
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Nov 9, 2011
6:50 am
#49 Aisheteru :

When you implement these principles in your business, you’re going to see an influx of referrals coming your way.. Great source of help for the newbies like me..
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Nov 9, 2011
12:04 pm
#50 Linda Thomas :

Hi Shari,
Great reminder list to review prior to meetups!
My daughter facilitates what she calls “circles.”
Circles can be on any topic that the group decides.
People join the circle because they want to connect with others on that topic.
I would like to learn more about how her circles are
accomplishing goals. It might be like masterminding and I would like to learn the difference!
All the best, Linda
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Nov 10, 2011
9:01 am
#51 Veronica Cervera@coral gables homes :

Meet ups can be a great place to market yourself. It can even help you meet up with new or potential customers.Here you are at an advantage because you are there yourself and hence convincing someone is easier this way.

Nov 11, 2011
2:38 am
#52 sandraw2580 :

These are really helpful tips! It’s great of you to share this post here.. Now this would be like, making sure you’re well equip before entering a fight..
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Nov 14, 2011
12:19 pm
#53 Kevin DeRoo from kevinderoo.com :

Hey Shari,

Excellent article on my favorite way to build this business, shoulder to shoulder, the personal touch!

There is no better way to build a relationship then face to face contact, sometimes online we lose sight of this “old school” element as we build our businesses via emails, blogs, and webinars.

You have given us some awesome tips on how to prepare for a business “meetup.” I’m going to use your tip #3 in the near future!

Thanks for sharing Shari,

Kevin
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Author Nov 16, 2011
12:59 pm
#54 Shari Weiss :

Kevin, if I didn’t write this on that article, then the best advice for Face2Face networking is to approach each new person looking for what you can BUY, not what you are trying to sell. The entire dynamic changes, and people will want to know what you do.

Author Nov 16, 2011
1:01 pm
#55 Shari Weiss :

good analogy, Sandra. My best advice for “equipping” oneself is given above to Kevin, i.e. for Face2Face networking is to approach each new person looking for what you can BUY, not what you are trying to sell. The entire dynamic changes, and people will want to know what you do.

Nov 16, 2011
9:17 pm
#56 Lassa :

Great tips, one thing I would also advocate is connecting via twitter where possible. Rather than a business card as such I just have a small card with my twitter name on that I hand to people I want to stay in touch with. Its a risk if you are in a meetup where peope are not really tech orientated but as thats my field its working for me quite well.
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Nov 16, 2011
10:01 pm
#57 Barbara :

I think maximizing business at the right time is a great strategy. It is not very easy at the same time.
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Nov 21, 2011
12:34 pm

Awesome tips! I sometimes wondered why meeting face to face is so important, but now I know.

It’s about the connection and the rapport! When you have both, it’s easy to conduct business when you can trust the other party!
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Nov 22, 2011
5:19 am

To Start a new business, business owner always need a good understanding with the business nature as well as the customers/clients. You cannot run a business long time when you dont know all aspects of it.

Nov 28, 2011
7:43 pm
#60 Chessa :

Well I hope the 8 ways you have here are very helpful…Thanks for sharing it to us then…
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Nov 29, 2011
6:58 am
#61 Sophia :

The activity meetup is great! I could meet potential customers and get many new and useful information, that is wonderful. Also thank you for your tips, and help me a lot to make use of each chance well.
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Nov 29, 2011
4:42 pm

I find attitude and enthusiasm is key when it comes to meetups, people always respond well to the right attitude and being enthusiastic about what you are talking about.
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Author Nov 29, 2011
5:23 pm
#63 Shari Weiss :

Yes, Matt, and being especially . . . and genuinely . . . enthusiastic about meeting them and finding out what they do.

Author Nov 29, 2011
5:24 pm
#64 Shari Weiss :

Sophia, good luck with the tips. Let me know if any of them work especially well for you.

Author Nov 29, 2011
5:25 pm
#65 Shari Weiss :

Please do let me know, Chessa, if any of them do in fact work for you. You could write another comment describing the experience.

Nov 29, 2011
9:39 pm
#66 Gianeli :

Maximizing business is never easy and businessmen already know about it…This is helpful though…
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Nov 30, 2011
1:08 am
#67 Len from Monster High Dolls :

Hi Shari,

I always find it hard to interact with other people, Thanks for the tip now I can give it a shot..

Cheers,
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Dec 3, 2011
2:36 am
#68 Kristen Marie :

Great post and very nice and useful tips. And the most important in my opinion is to stay calm and show your qualities. Thanks for sharing, keep up good work.
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Dec 5, 2011
9:29 am

Shari,
I haven’t been to a business meeting in years. I haven’t thought of starting my own meetups either.
Anyway, I find your tips really helpful, especially going to Flickr.

Jaden
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Author Dec 5, 2011
5:36 pm
#70 Shari Weiss :

Jaden, the common wisdom seems to be that face to face meetings WHERE you can get upclose and personal with online acquaintances is something to be planned for and taken advantage of when possible.

Author Dec 5, 2011
5:55 pm
#71 Shari Weiss :

Staying calm, eh? Seems to me that business types need to go to enough meetups so that they are not stressed out meeting new people.

Dec 5, 2011
9:55 pm
#72 Ina Richard :

Excellent article on my favorite way to build this business, shoulder to shoulder, the personal touch! Let me know if any of them work especially well for you.
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Dec 6, 2011
6:51 am
#73 Ruth18 :

I haven’t been into some meet ups and I think the idea is really looks helpful with this we can know how successful the meet up will be since you are making some forecasting before the day of the event.
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Dec 7, 2011
5:44 am
#74 Nile :

I normally go to local WordPress meetups. My big piece of advice is come with questions. How can anyone learn anything. Most of the meetups that are social media, or tech involve learning: lectures, Q&A’s, etc.

The engaging is great, but that is only a part of it.
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Author Dec 10, 2011
12:30 pm
#75 Shari Weiss :

Great point, Nile. The more “homework” we do, i.e., the more we participate actively in any situation, the more we will get out of it.

Author Dec 10, 2011
12:31 pm
#76 Shari Weiss :

What works especially well for me is going to a function looking to BUY, not to sell.

Dec 11, 2011
1:37 pm
#77 Winifred Snider :

I haven’t been into some meet ups and I think the idea is really looks helpful with this we can know how successful the meet up will be since you are making some forecasting before the day of the event. Let me know if any of them work especially well for you. I haven’t been to a business meeting in years.
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Dec 13, 2011
4:35 pm
#78 Ferdie :

I have been in a senior management position for several years before I retired. Your are words of wisdom, you should plan for your meetup in advance. That way you will waste no time target the people you want to meet.
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Dec 15, 2011
7:49 pm
#79 Melodie :

A life Without goals, aspirations, and dreams can make one feel lost in life. It is statistically proven that people who are actively working to achieve an objective, fulfill a purpose, dream, or goal they have, are generally much more happy!
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Dec 19, 2011
6:29 pm

These are some great tips about Meetup. On time I did consider using the format to promote an event. I see by your post it is a greater tool than I thought it was.
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Dec 19, 2011
9:21 pm
#81 Loc :

Like you said, the key is do some research so you will know who you want to meet and how to go about in promoting yourself or your business.

Dec 24, 2011
12:52 am
#82 forex :

Excellent article on my favorite way to build this business, shoulder to shoulder, the personal touch! Let me know if any of them work especially well for you.

Regards,
forex

Dec 26, 2011
10:46 pm
#83 Norma J. Cardwell :

Hi Shari,

Great post! Wow this is a big help to me. I’m not a person type and I’m not good in dealing people. Thanks for the tips.
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Jan 5, 2012
5:27 pm

Great post, good tips! I completely agree with you, preparation is key….do your home work, research basic details about the people you are meeting up with before hand.

Author Jan 8, 2012
10:12 pm
#85 Shari Weiss :

Good luck with those meetups, Norma, but I wonder why you feel you are not a “people person”

Jan 16, 2012
2:44 pm
#86 Poppy :

Something I really like to do when I am at ecommerce or tech meetups is use my phone to contact people who I want to speak to via twitter and tell them I am there and going to catch up with them at some point. Its a great ice breaker and lets people know you are really interested in talking to them
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Jan 23, 2012
12:42 am
#87 Armand :

Thanks for the lists! These are really important in expanding and maximizing our business. We have to grab the opportunity in every business dealings and meetings we have.
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Jan 24, 2012
11:15 am
#88 Jeffrey T. Sooey :

Thank you Shari for sharing these tips with us. It truly is a must to maximize business at these face to face meetings. Also, it really is important to plan ahead and be prepared before attending these meetups.
Have your calling cards ready as surely they will have theirs too.

Feb 2, 2012
7:00 am
#89 Norma J. Cardwell :

Hi Shari,

This are great tips! Sometimes because of the fact that we can do business online we forget one of the most great techniques in business and it is the Face-to-Face meet ups. Thanks for posting this.
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Feb 21, 2012
6:57 pm
#90 Danyelle Franciosa @ Bifold Doors Brisbane :

I don’t have any experience in meeting up especially in business but this may help me later. Well, anyway thanks for the tips ahead.
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Apr 13, 2012
7:33 pm
#91 Alan from Hip Hop News :

Meet up groups offer so much variety for endless interests that people have. They have meet ups for entrepreneurs, online marketers and more. I have attended and they have been awesome.

Apr 22, 2012
7:11 pm
#92 Rashmi Sinha from TechInitio :

Meetups are the nightmare for almost every worker. Most of the times they are anxious or feeling awkward. But, are necessary and these tips are awesome because they teach you how to maximize what you can get from them.
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May 19, 2012
7:35 pm
#93 Shavonne Sanford :

I think quite a few commenters didn’t understand the meaning of a meetup, however, this was an excellent post!

Jun 5, 2012
6:12 pm
#94 chris from Denver video production :

I have not had great luck at meet ups mainly because Im not good a meeting new people. Thanks for the post!
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Jun 11, 2012
8:08 am
#95 Earnest from seo companies :

My spouse and I stumbled over here from a different page and
thought I may as well check things out. I like what
I see so now i am following you. Look forward to finding out about your
web page repeatedly.
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Jun 25, 2012
12:14 am
#96 maryembatool :

When you implement these principles in your business, you’re going to see an influx of referrals coming your way.. Great source of help for the newbies like me..

Author Jun 27, 2012
4:44 pm
#97 Shari Weiss :

one piece of advice, Chris, is to go to a meetup LOOKING TO BUY something that meets your wants and needs; the dynamic around you will be so appealing that people will ask you what you have to offer

Jun 30, 2012
6:58 am
#98 abdul wahab :

very nice article on my favorite way Maximizing business at a right time and place is very important. It is not very easy at the same time. Your ways to maximize business at a meet up are very essential.

Jul 1, 2012
4:25 am
#99 mithun :

Meet up is really helpful. I think online meet up is better than face to face meet up.if you want to maximize your business you have to be polite and gentle. it’s a key to success.

Jul 16, 2012
1:49 pm
#100 Roman from Roman Design in Toronto :

Interesting point about sending notes. I didn’t know it’s common practice. As I came to Canada from Russia over 10 years ago, I’m not very savvy in business etiquette nuances like these.
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Aug 1, 2012
8:18 am
#101 milad :

what about cheking the name at google profiles ? thanks for great article
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Sep 2, 2012
2:41 am
#102 Rohit :

Good article. However, Being a business development manager at a MNC, few guidelines from me.

1. Learn about the background and interest of the person you are going to meet. This is very very important. This can really help you connect with the person.

2. Be very clear about he designation of the person and the objective of your meeting. Thats a great deal . Some times objective of meeting with a low rank official is to get access to higher rank official. Therefore be very clear who you are going to meet and objective of meeting.
3. Always close meeting with some actions items. Debrief all the points discussed and action items and action date at the end of the meeting. Greet the person you are meeting properly.

Sep 4, 2012
4:53 am
#103 george :

whenever I go to attend a business meeting, I hang my ID-card containing my name and profession on me shirt. I have had success with this many times as people within same industry come up to me seing my Id-card. We just have a small conversation and follow each other on Facebook.
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Sep 7, 2012
4:14 am
#104 Nina Corales from Driving School :

Researching for information about who will be in a business meet up is essential so you will know the right way to communicate with them.

Sep 7, 2012
11:54 pm
#105 Mei Mayore from Canada Life Insurance Quotes :

During meetups it is important that you join the conversation and share your personal insights. However, you need to make sure that you are not monopolizing the conversation and allow the other party impart their ideas.
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Sep 12, 2012
8:51 am
#106 Remy Santos from Solar Lights :

Before you attend a meet up, make sure that you have researched the background of people you will be meeting with. In addition, be polite and observe decorum even if you are meeting people via internet.

Sep 14, 2012
2:43 am
#107 Elaine Salt from Minneapolis Property Management :

It is also good to meet people personally. Dealing with them on-line may just be another way to meet them, but it is different if you’ll be able to make some business transactions face-to-face. It may be awkward at first, but we should learn how to deal with it. Thanks for this useful list of tips!

Sep 16, 2012
3:03 am
#108 Kate :

I abbbsolutely loved the #6 one. You’re so right. The common belief about how many cards you hand out is more significant than the useful ones you collect is so wrong. :) The #8 too – after all, WHAT you know that matters in the long-term doesn’t matter as much as WHO you know!
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Sep 23, 2012
10:11 am
#109 Raheel Farooq :

“Do not monopolize any one person’s time.”
That’s perhaps one of the most important points, I believe, people should keep in mind. Business is business for everyone, not for you only.
By the way, thanks for summing up most of the business etiquette in a rather concise, to-the-point list! Unlike most of the bloggers, you don’t seem to be inclined towards details. That’s amazing!

Sep 25, 2012
10:56 am

I personally love business meeting. So thankful for your tips though lots of us already practice some of your tips. It is really too important that you are aware on the whom the person you are meeting or dealing with, his background and what he/she can contribute to you in terms of on line business you are in.
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Sep 27, 2012
3:34 am
#111 Rachel Berge :

Nice one Barbara, when we are doing anything make sure its right time to take over. As you say maximizing business at the right time is a great strategy.
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Sep 27, 2012
3:38 am
#112 Rachel Berge :

Nice article, its very healthy tips for beginners. Before start business you may need your online or offline identity. As same as when we create an website without Page rank its not live. Same formulae appled here make your identity as a page rank.
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Oct 15, 2012
4:16 am
#113 Jean Velez :

7. Be conversational and polite and do not monopolize any one person’s time.

8. After the event, send brief notes to people whom you want to build a relationship.

The two tips is too useful to get the advantage business.

Oct 23, 2012
6:58 am
#114 Leny Turns from Centaman Entrance Control :

This post is a great reminder to those people who do business meet-ups. It is necessary to consider the venue where you can talk and end up to the business plan you are looking forward. Politeness is much appreciated and show enthusiasm as you talk to you meet-up scheduled client.

Oct 29, 2012
10:56 pm
#115 Brian :

Great business meetup tips. I haven’t heard of many of those before as I am new business meetups. I will defiantly try those at my next one.
Thanks
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Dec 12, 2012
6:35 am
#116 Maria :

I have recently started business, so these are some real healthy tips for me (beginners). Nice article, Thanks for that. :)

Dec 13, 2012
4:05 am
#117 Nisha from Pre Marriage Counseling :

Excellent post. You really dialed that in. It’s the simple principles that worked for people that have already been where we are heading and desire to be that we should pay close attention to.Thanks for keeping it real and I always look forward to your next post!

Dec 31, 2012
11:56 pm
#118 Joseph from Poker Bonos :

Meeting a person physically is good for several reasons. In person you are able to see the other person’s body language, which includes the way they dress (professional)? It’s also reasonable to think that it’s easier to build rapport in person than through a computer.
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Jan 5, 2013
8:00 am
#119 Techallianz :

All the points you mention is helpful. I personally believe points #2, #7 and #8 are the best ones. Meetups are the best place to established a good relation with people of same field.
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Feb 15, 2013
11:34 pm
#120 Sofiya from rcg infosoft :

Great Post! Totally need this! Very real. These tips are completely in line with my goals for 2013.

Feb 17, 2013
12:04 am
#121 Kumar Gauraw from Personal Branding :

Wow! Very nicely put and valuable tips for meetups. I have been going into meetup events and I can most certainly relate to some of the recommendations and I must say, it does the magic.
The true value of Meetup events is in networking. It’s amazing what is possible of somebody follows these steps.
Regards,
Kumar
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Apr 5, 2013
1:12 am
#122 Jacob from Managed VPS :

It was very interesting for me to read that blog. Thanks the author for it. I like such topics and everything that is connected to them. I would like to read more soon.

Apr 30, 2013
10:10 am
#123 Melisa :

I don’t do too much blogging. I think it is because I have not yet found what I am passionate about. People blog because they want to share their opinion with others. I want to find something that I am really interested about and start to blog it.

May 2, 2013
2:50 am
#124 Pitt Goumas :

Very informative. Thanks for sharing. I think internet plays a big role in business maximization.
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