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Nashville Spanish Language Meetup Group Message Board › How to get the most from our meetups

How to get the most from our meetups

Nashville, TN
Post #: 1
Happy Spring, everyone!

I want to take this opportunity to thank our lead organizer Leslee Rose for her continued support of Nashville Spanish Language Meetup Group and to let all our members know, in case we haven't seen you lately, that we've been having some great meetups! If you've not joined us in a while, come on back!

Also, if you're a newcomer to NSLMG, here are a few important points to make our meetups more enjoyable for you:

1) We don't claim to know everything there is to know about Spanish. None of us here claims to speak perfect Spanish (or English for that matter) all the time! We meet to have fun using the Spanish we do know (everyone's on a different level) and to learn from each other, helping each other improve our Spanish and knowledge of Hispanic cultures and places. In other words, "If you're not having fun, you're not doing it right!" We're a great venue for practicing what you know in a safe, friendly environment!

2) We do prefer that you RSVP to let us know you're coming to a meetup; HOWEVER, if you should forget to RSVP, or it turns out that your schedule suddenly frees you up to attend when you previously thought you couldn't, COME ON ANYWAY! We like to phone our host restaurant the day of the event to give them a general idea of how many folks to expect in case they need to pull in extra staff, but if we go over the number we expected, it's to the restaurant's benefit! SO, COME ON!

3) If you've ever traveled to a Spanish-speaking country or had a memorable or enlightening experience in the Hispanic community, come and tell us your story (in Spanish or in English, according to your ability). And if you've NEVER traveled to a Spanish-speaking country, then come and learn from those who have, in case you do get to travel there someday!

BOTTOM LINE: We think learning is fun, and it's even more enjoyable when we share knowledge in a friendly and gracious environment. As someone once said, "Everyone is my teacher in that I can learn from her/him." And to that I say, “De acuerdo!”

¡Espero con gusto que nos veamos pronto!

I look forward to seeing you soon!

Gerrit Wilson
Assistant Organizer
Nashville, TN
Post #: 49
If you don't know already, our gracious leader, Leslee, has made it so that any member can call a meetup and schedule it on our group calendar. (Check our calendar often!)

If you DO schedule a meetup on there, please be responsible and show up on time and have a sign or some other indicator to identify yourself and the group at the venue.

This is especially helpful to newcomers who have yet to meet others in the group.
Nashville, TN
Post #: 50

There are two kinds of notices that you can put on our calendar: MEETUPS and NOTES.

Click on the MEETUP icon to schedule an actual meetup -- in which you will be listed as the host and you are expected greet attendees.

Click on the NOTES icon to simply highlight a date, a holiday, or an event of possible interest to the group.

NOTES are not sent via e-mail to anyone; MEETUPS are emailed to members (once you hit the "Announce this meetup" button) since they are actual events in which you, the planner, are the host.

A WORD OF CAUTION: Be careful when listing personal information such as email addresses, personal phone numbers or addresses of personal residences for events. It's a shame we have to take such precautions, but as you know, today's electronic technology has created quite a different world (for better or worse) than we had only a few years ago.

If you choose to have an event in a private residence, one alternative is to simply announce the event, and then have interested members e-mail you (by clicking on your member profile and choose "e-mail this member") for details such as address or phone number. That way, your email address remains protected and you can release the info only to those people you know and trust. Also check "private residence" and "Show this meetup only to our members."

You can also limit the number of people you wish to host, especially if the size of the space is a concern. Look at the RSVP portion of the scheduling form when you're filling out the details of the meetup, in order to limit the number of attendees.

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