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From: Larry
Sent on: Sunday, April 14, 2013 2:20 PM

Hello 35uppers!!

 

I want to pre-thank everyone who reads this entire email!!

It was been a few months since I have sent a No show Policy email to Everyone.  The reason for that, I explain below.

We have received some POSITIVE feedback from other Organizers about our group(s).  When we do multi meetup events.  We and Mingling In Atlanta have the least amount of no shows from the other groups they invite.

That says something about our members!!

One Organizer even mentioned how he thought our no show policy was (cruel), but when he had 25 signups to an event and only 3 others showed up, he understood.

 

Many of you realize that I do not have a check in list at every event.  Which leaves extra no shows for folks.  (Very nice, right?!?!) :-) :-)  The no shows have been rising again and I think i have some idea why.....I purposely have not sent out a no show reminder email for a few months to examine this question.  Some folks started seeing an email every month and think, here we go again.  Believe me, I don't like sending them out.  I feel like a baby sitter to a degree. :-) :-)   Only a small fraction of folks continue to ignore the no show emails.

Reminders are very good, folks understand they will be removed from the group if they receive enough no shows and NEW MEMBERS do not realize how too many no shows will hurt a group.  Which is why the monthly "No Show" reminders are important.

TO THE NEW MEMBERS who have not seen a no show email:

No shows can hurt a group because......if you see 100 people signed up and only 25 show up, your expectations were not met, which may leave you with a bad taste about the group.  Being disappointed, would you want to go to the next event?!  You may think the same thing will happen and you wouldn't want to waste your time, again.  If that happens too often, the group will whither away!

It is all about expectations.  If they are not met, you will not want to come back.

 

I am contemplating about tightening up the no show policy.  I receive a lot of support when the current policy was put in.  Those who did not like it, either did not understand the cause of too many no shows to a group or were the ones who did the no shows.

This may sound mean, but if you do a no show, meaning you had the time to change your RSVP and didn't, you are not being considerate to the other members, in turn, if you are not a considerate person, who wants to be a friend to a person like that?!?!  We all understand forgetfulness, working late, emergencies, etc.....Only you know the truth of your no show!

 

Our Organizers work very hard to bring events to the group and they deserve the support.  I know most everyone does appreciate the folks who work hard for them!!  It is not easy to create, develop and run an event.  If it was, then everyone would do it, correct?

 

All this being said, I think we have some of the nicest, considerate people in Meetup.  There are always new people, please help make them feel welcome!!  We were all new at some point.

Whether you agree with my thoughts or not, Thank you for listening and my door is always open to your questions and constructive comments.

I hope to see everyone out having fun soon!

:-)Larry

PS  For those who are a member of Mingling in Atlanta too, sorry for the similar email!!  You may pick something else up that you missed the first time. :-)

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