A recent big social trend is to meet people is through Meetup.com. This is a site where evite meets facebook! After you post your profile, you select what kind of people or groups you would like to be a part of.
Each Meetup has an organizer (or team of organizers) where they set up events for people to get together in your local area. There are meetup groups for every kinds of interests or affiliation. There is even a poodle meetup group where people get their dogs together! So another one of my tips for dating is to find a group that either follows a passion or important value for you. For instance, one of my clients considers community service to be important to her. She found a Meetup group for single volunteers.
Of course you will find that there are many singles Meetup groups in your area especially if you live in a metropolitan area. You can also choose a group by age group, religion, activity or common interest. I am an organizer in the Washington, DC area of the Marriage Minded Singles group (http://budurl.com/DCMMGroup) where I like to provide a mix of educational and social events for my group. Many of the singles activities and dating companies are utilizing Meetup as a marketing vehicle for promoting their businesses to a particular group of people.
Here is one of my top tips for dating – what I like about Meetup is there is a way to connect with people after an event. You see who signed up for an event with their picture on the RSVP area. You can then follow up afterwards if you met some one that you connected with.
However, there are guys who are contacting women in a Meetup group that they have not met them yet. That’s considered uncool. If the organizer finds out that someone is doing this, that person will be most likely asked to leave the group.
One of my key tips for dating is to join a handful of groups. It’s better to be active in a few groups than spread very thin and going to a dozen groups where you don’t get to see the same people again. A connection may not occur the first time you meet someone, although it may on a subsequent get together.
Have you tried Meetup.com? What has been your experience? Have you met nice people through this site for dating or friendship? This inquiring coach would like to know your thoughts!