Planning a Variety of Events

Sometimes getting started organizing an event can be a little overwhelming. It doesn’t have to be, though! Not every Meetup event needs to be a formal lecture with questions and answers in a rented venue. Meetup events can be as formal or informal as you want them to be. Having a variety of event types can help create the kind of group that makes great connections among WordPress enthusiasts.

Any activity that helps people connect and inspire each other to do more with WordPress is a Meetup activity. Here are some examples of events that don’t follow the typical “sit around and listen to a speaker” format:

  • Networking or Social event: These types of events can take the smallest amount of planning. It just takes a time and a place that hold the number of people that will attend. Coffee shops, co-working spaces, or a donated office could all do the trick. If you decide to meet at a restaurant or coffee shop, it’s a good idea to contact the venue if you expect more than 15 people.
  • Show and Tell: This is a discussion of a member’s current website or project. You need a projector and screen, a room (with chairs and tables), and a willing member to present their site. The member shows their project and tells what problems they’ve run into. The group can discuss possible solutions, highlight great points in the design, or just learn from each other.
  • Coworking/Workalong: Sometimes the best way to stay motivated on a personal project is to have people to talk to when you get stuck. To host a Workalong you would need power outlets, wifi, tables and chairs, and a space that can hold the number of people that will join you. During the event, you work alongside your peers while you bounce ideas off one another.
  • Coffee and Code: This easy event can be done in a coffee shop or any space where you can get coffee and use their wifi. People can code new projects, ask questions on code they’ve forked, or learn about making their first commit. Codecademy learners would probably love an event like this.
  • Brown Bag Sessions: This one is a cross between a lecture and a lunch date. You will need a room where you can view a video from wordpress.tv and chairs for people to sit on. Everyone brings their lunch, watches a video, and then discusses the topic afterward.
  • Workshops: For this you’ll need someone who is comfortable walking through a project in front of a crowd. It can also be helpful to have a few people who are knowledgeable to help out if needed. You should have access to power outlets, wifi, a projector/screen, and perhaps some sort of microphone if available.

This is just a short list. The possibilities are endless! And don’t forget that any event that gets WordPress enthusiasts together and inspiring each other to do more with WordPress can be a Meetup event.

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