How to hold a meetup

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Post by jacob » Wed Aug 24, 2011 10:41 pm

1) Take the initiative and name a place and a date. Then start a thread here with the place, time, and date here.
If you sit around waiting for someone else, it will never happen.
2) Collect names and numbers.
3) A few days before the meetup, confirm whether it's a go or a no-go based on whether a sufficient number of people have RSVP'ed.
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You can hold a meetup without me. There have been meetups in Seattle, Chicago, and New York City without me.
It is helpful to provide instructions for how to get there in case it's complicated.
If it's a busy place, it helps to bring a sign that says ERE or something. You could also bring the ERE book and wave it around.
Most people tend to bring potluck snacks.
A meetup is a good chance to downsize your book collection...and other collections.
If you have any questions, it's good to write them down in advance. Otherwise, you'll forget to ask them.


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Post by jennypenny » Wed Aug 24, 2011 11:47 pm

What do you talk about when you get together? (I mean aside from the general talk about how everyone else spends too much, blah blah blah) I'd like to attend a meet, but I have to admit that I'm not that good in social situations with people I don't know well. And even though I'm comfortable talking about my financial situation on the board, I think I might feel uncomfortable talking about it in person. Is it just nice to spend time with people who see the world the same way?
Maybe I've just shut down socially because I don't really have anything in common with my neighbors here in Stepford. I think I've trained myself to respond with the politically correct answers for a Stepford wife in social situations. I don't really engage people in real conversations anymore because eventually they end up looking at me like I have two heads. Maybe I wouldn't be as uncomfortable as I think with people who are like-minded.


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Post by JohnnyH » Wed Aug 24, 2011 11:56 pm

I can certainly identify with what jennypenny is saying... My desire to go stems mostly from wanting to meet these interesting people whose ideas I admire.
I'd probably have 1 beer and forgot anything practical I had in mind. Also, I generally learn, organize, plan best alone, oft in front of monitor, book or notepad. But even I should retain some useful stuff. Potluck/book/item exchange alone will probably stimulate enough interesting knowledge exchange to justify...
I'm treating it mostly as an agendaless fun outing with unique people, not going to put any pressure on it to help me reach ERE nirvana.


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Post by jacob » Thu Aug 25, 2011 12:30 am

What I find interesting about the meetups is not so much what we talk about which can be anything (although it's usually dominated by the idiosyncracy of the loudest individuals), but how we talk.
In no other place have I had the experienced of being instantly understood and instantly understanding others in terms of communication as at the meetups. You don't have to explain yourself. People think in the same ways about the same things.


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Post by dragoncar » Thu Aug 25, 2011 12:45 am

Yeah, seems like a "potentially like-minded people" thing or "putting names to faces" thing than an ERE-specific thing. Especially since everyone is at different stages.


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Post by mrjay » Sun Jan 13, 2013 4:51 am

just curious - why not do a monthly google hangout meeting? use the power of the online tools? :)


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Post by DutchGirl » Sun Jan 13, 2013 1:05 pm

@jennypenny: maybe a meeting could revolve around something, learning a skill or discussing a strategy? That way, you would either be an instructor or a student. I can imagine meetings about cooking, car maintenance, house maintenance, investing, tax preparation, err...


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Post by mrjay » Sun Jan 13, 2013 9:09 pm

I would move towards an investing strategy (what has worked and hasn't worked) although there seem to be several posts here about it. Also, maybe, what folks plan to do with their time once achieving ERE....and maybe a guide to all the acronyms here lol


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Post by secretwealth » Sun Jan 13, 2013 9:59 pm

I'd go one further and suggest we start an ERE hedge fund.


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Post by dragoncar » Mon Jan 14, 2013 2:51 am

Apparently the periodic IRC chats (redundant?) were pretty successful. If you want to try a google hangout, I'd suggest following the steps in Jacobs post at the top


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Post by Spartan_Warrior » Tue Jan 15, 2013 12:50 am

Yeah, I'd be mostly interested in putting names to faces and hanging out with people with similar mindsets and personalities.
I think some of the potential awkwardness involved in getting a bunch of introverts together can be alleviated by involving some type of (frugal) activity as well. Museum visits, movie screenings, etc.


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Post by mrjay » Tue Jan 15, 2013 9:11 am

i am good with irc for now ; moving forward i may set a date/time and try to put a google hangout together.

need some brains to show up...tho. i am not one :)


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