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“Innovation comes from people meeting up in the hallways or calling each other at 10:30 at night with a new idea” - Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs had it right! This is precisely the kind of thinking that accomplishes the extraordinary. We have all heard of the saying, “two heads are better than one,” and Steve Jobs wouldn’t have been nearly as successful without the collaboration of his friends and colleagues. As a society, we tend to be living more of a solitary lifestyle than ever before, one filled with series binge watching, social media posting and doing everything from our computers in the comfort of our living rooms. It is imperative to get back to the basics and remember that in person interactions are important for the sustainability of our sanity as well as our productivity.
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Everyone dreads the nerves that go along with meeting someone new, but imagine a place where you were guaranteed to meet people that share your interests and can help you grow personally and professionally.
Meetup.com is a social networking site that promotes offline communication between people all over the world. It allows members to locate and be a part of groups comprised of like minded individuals. Whether it’s book clubs, dance classes, ambitious entrepreneurs or social media managers, you can create your own group or join an existing one.
Their tagline is “neighbors getting together to learn something, do something, share something…
Above anything else, Meetup is about making connections with people that are interested in the same things as you. Sometimes, it is really hard to find people that really understand what your goals and aspirations are. Getting help from family and friends is not always a viable option since they may not share the same interest or fully understand the intricacies of the work you may do. Connections are incredibly rare to find, but Meetup allows you to make them frequently and with people that speak to your various interests.
“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” ― Mother Teresa
Personal Benefits of Meetup:
Inspiration can come from anywhere and anyone, but imagine how much inspiration you can get when you are with others who are trying to accomplish the same goals as yourself. If you are a freelancer and trying to promote your business, it can greatly benefit you to find people within driving distance whom you can collaborate and share ideas with. If you are an aspiring photographer, but feel like you need help with finding the right subject matter, you can look for groups of aspiring photographers like yourself and get new ideas or discover something new altogether that can greatly benefit you.
Better your health
According to journalist Judith Horstman, there are multiple health benefits to in person communication.
Start that new hobby, finally!
Meetup is a way to get you to finally start learning about electronic music or basket weaving (if that’s your thing). How many of us are afraid to try something new because we don’t know anyone else that wants to try it, or, because we are afraid we will fail? Too many, actually. While the first step of joining is up to you, Meetup makes the rest of it easy because the times and date are set up with the added bonus of a list of how many people that have already joined, so you don’t have to worry if you’re the only one. Starting new hobbies with groups on meetup will not only expand your networking and communication skills, but will demonstrate your resourcefulness. Huge bonus points for recruiters!
Develop Soft Skills
Taking the first step to join a meeting with others is the first step in the right direction as far as recruiters are concerned. Being able to share ideas, collaborate with others, provide input and accept feedback are very important skills to have. They speak to how receptive to change you are and also suggest that you are very proactive in your approach to success. Companies are looking to hire those who have impeccable behavioral skills.
As a student, it is imperative to take advantage of all the resources you have around you, because that means that your meetup opportunities are infinite. You have your campus resources and your organizations that keep you engaged and busy, but there are always opportunities to use meetup while juggling the many demanding aspects of college life. It’s easy to get into a routine even as a college student, and Meetup allows you to step outside of your comfort zone and network with new and exciting people. Networking doesn’t have to stop during breaks just because you are not on campus anymore. Meetup allows you to find your local fraternity/sorority chapters no matter where you are and expand your networks beyond your college address! If you are going to school for programming and find a local convention or seminar that attracts influential people in your chosen industry - you can make important new connections that will benefit you most when you graduate and are looking for those jobs!
For those that are recent grads or young business professionals, Meetup can be equally if not more rewarding! Meetup can aid in your endeavors to generate a customer base. According to this article on Cleverism, “You can use Meetups to gain consumer, product and brand insights, as well as increase your real-world visibility. You can also use them to launch products, hold trainings (which can strengthen brand loyalty), increase brand awareness through CSR events and other branded events, and generate sales leads.”
Another huge draw to Meetup is the opportunity to learn new and exciting developments in your industry. Even if you are not a seasoned professional, it’s a very good idea to learn about what the new trends in your industry are - what software people are using, what developments are being made, or anything else that is important for you to know. You also have the opportunity to meet industry experts whom you can add to your professional network. When the time comes to impress that recruiter, you will be one step ahead of your competition because you were showing a passionate interest in learning everything there is to know about what you want to do.
Check out this quick video on these people’s first experience with Meetup!
It’s incredibly important to meet up in person and ProSky believes in collaborating with others, so fill out your free candidate profile today and start working with others to demonstrate your collaboration skills to recruiters and much more!