As a former English teacher and an educator through and through, I’m clear that the best way to learn something is to teach it to someone else, or to hang out with a group of fellow collaborators who teach each other, learn from each other, create friendships and business relationships, and inspire each other with ideas, thoughts and advice that they wouldn’t come up with by themselves.
So it goes with a writers group I’ve been organizing and facilitating for two years now called “Write to Impact the World”, a meetup group that brings writers together and helps them to succeed in their writing and make the kind of difference they are committed to making with it.
We meet tonight to bring old and new faces together to talk about what we’re up to as individuals, as well as what we see for the future of this now distinguished meetup group, and you’re welcome to join us if you’re in the central New Jersey area: http://www.meetup.com/Write-To-Impact-The-World-Matawan-Meetup-Group/calendar/15033247/
I get the sense that meetup groups and collaborative groups, like small businesses, mostly don’t make it. Just like small businesses that often go out of business, many meetups don’t attract enough members or don’t get enough momentum going fast enough, or their organizer steps down and the group flounders.
I’m proud of the work that we’ve done in the past two years, as we are still around and potentially stronger than ever. We took a break over the summer, but when we created tonight’s meetup group, members of the group jumped at the opportunity, and the meetup was in part in response to members asking for a new meetup.
Many members of the group may not know this, but a former roommate of a freelance writing client of mine found out about the group and was so inspired she created her own writing meetup group, and so the Red Bank Writer’s Group was born: http://www.meetup.com/TheRedBankWritersGroup/
What’s the moral of the story here? The moral is that you can do it, that creating the life of your dreams is possible and all is takes is creating and organizing a team of people to support you and rally around the project you created. That’s what happened and is happening around this group and around many of the areas of my life, thanks to a team building leadership program I’m in!
And, the party’s not over yet! We’re just getting started with the success the writer’s group is experiencing, and I’m excited to be a leader in business, in writing, and in my life.
If you made it this far in this blog entry, you deserve to be acknowledged for reading about my group and my insights about it, and I would love to know what you’re experience is, either as a community organizer creating groups and teams, or as someone who has participated and made a difference for someone else’s dreams.
What do you think?