|Sent on:||Friday, September 30, 2011 12:17 AM|
Ever since some unpleasantness on a submarine in 1998, I have never been given another position of responsibility... Until now. Someone, somewhere has let their guard down and I now find myself the Organiser of the #1 Entrepreneur Meetup - London.
It's a great group and being an entrepreneur is one of the most exciting and rewarding things anyone can do. But I'm under no illusion that attending these type of things can be a grind, especially after a hard day's work.
I therefore propose a few things to try to breathe life into the group.
1. Each month I will produce a list of proposed topics that I believe the group will be interested in. For the topic with the most votes, I will arrange for an expert speaker to give a 50 minute Q&A session. (I find Q&A sessions far more interesting and useful than dreaded Powerpoint presentations). Of course, I welcome any topic suggestions from you all and for those with high enough demand, I will arrange for an expert on the topic accordingly.
2. Each meetup will have a strong social element, i.e. will take place in a pub/bar that's easy to get to. I think it's important to unwind; to be yourself and to have a life and in this way we can do all those things.
3. Starting from 6.30pm, each meetup will be a maximum of 1h 50mins long. That's the length of a film. So you can either spend some time socialising with other entrepreneurs; learning useful stuff; discussing new ideas and getting inspiration. Or you can go watch the latest Sarah Jessica Parker steaming pile of a film. Joking aside, her films are dreadful. I appreciate that some of you may want to do other things with your evening; therefore, shorter meetups.
I will post up the proposed topic list this week and ask members to vote/suggest the ones they want.
If I was to sum up the direction I would like to take the group it would be "useful and sociable". I hope members create meaningful connections; make new friends and maybe even collaborate on future projects. That would be fantastic.
I repeat: it is a great group. 460+ members (and counting) all trying to accomplish similar goals in their own way. The experience and information to be shared is immense. I encourage you all to get off the bench and get in the game because being an entrepreneur is one of the most rewarding things you can do in every sense of the word. Enjoy setting goals, enjoy paying the price, enjoy your results.
I look forward to meeting more of you over the coming months. Until then, feel free to email me with any questions, suggestions or videos of honey badgers - they're awesome.
All the best