Meetup Topic Tips
Of course Meetup topics depend entirely on your Meetup Group objectives. For my group, Practical Transformation, we’re all about exploring practical tools and techniques of self-development, but also in the spirit of not “fixing” ourselves because ultimately, what we’re trying to develop is not the absolute truth of who we are. However, the personality and our habits can impede or promote the kind of life and outcomes we want to have, so give it some time and attention.
By the time I started my MU group, I already had a lengthy list of topics to meet about. However, some require more work to prepare than others, so if frequent meetups is important to you and the group, you might need to alternate between the more difficult talks to prepare with something you, as a host, can just show up for (such as “Let’s talk about kindness, what it means to you, how you cultivate it, what blocks you from being kind…).
Here are some ways I come up with topics:
I read a lot. So I get a ton of ideas from books - sometimes the overall theme of the book or a single concept or chapter.
Podcasts, articles, or even just the title on a book cover are all great places to find topics.
For new members, I set a couple of questions about what book or movie has inspired the person and what topic is of most interest to him/her. This has given me an additional pool of topics to choose from.
Do a book club event - if a particular book is meaningful to you, invite others to read it and then meet to discuss.
Borrow from other Meetup Groups. You don’t need to be a copycat, exactly. But if the event you admired is in a different geographically location or day of the week than your group would be able to attend, for example, it is perfectly reasonable to borrow ideas from fellow hosts. You can always reach out to the other host if that feels appropriate.
Collaborate and co-host with other hosts. Sometimes you want to do an MU on the same book or topic - again, there is only so much space at each venue so collaborating with other facilitators is often a great option.
Life situations. Maybe a driver cuts you off in traffic and you lose your shit over it. Great! Come up with a discussion on anger, what triggers us, how we navigate the stickier emotions that show up, etc.. Life is always the best grist for the mill.
Ask members what they want at the conclusion of your events, via the MU discussion board, or by inviting them to leave comments in a blog post (hint, hint!).
Happy conversations to you all!