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.


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Posted by Shari Weiss   @   27 August 2011
Jun 5, 2012
6:12 pm

I have not had great luck at meet ups mainly because Im not good a meeting new people. Thanks for the post!

Author Jun 27, 2012
4:44 pm

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 11, 2012
8:08 am

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Jun 25, 2012
12:14 am
#4 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..

Jun 30, 2012
6:58 am

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
#6 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

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.

Aug 1, 2012
8:18 am
#8 milad :

what about cheking the name at google profiles ? thanks for great article

Sep 2, 2012
2:41 am
#9 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
#10 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.

Sep 7, 2012
4:14 am

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

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.

Sep 12, 2012
8:51 am

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

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
#15 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!

Sep 23, 2012
10:11 am

“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.

Sep 27, 2012
3:38 am
#18 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.

Oct 15, 2012
4:16 am
#19 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

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
#21 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.

Dec 12, 2012
6:35 am
#22 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

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

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.

Jan 5, 2013
8:00 am
#25 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.

Feb 15, 2013
11:34 pm

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

Feb 17, 2013
12:04 am

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.

Apr 5, 2013
1:12 am

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
#29 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
#30 Pitt Goumas :

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

Jan 23, 2014
11:45 am
#31 Matthew :

Great tips, thanks for sharing! I hadn’t thought of trying “Flickr” for pics of the attendees but will try this next time.

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