Hosting meetups is a big part of my job as a Quick Left marketer. On a personal level, getting to invite people into my space lets me fill the "Desperate Housewives" in me that rarely gets to rear it's head in my "real life". Also, the opportunity to learn new things, be exposed to different ideas and meet with a variety of people motivates me.
Professionally, I get a chance to interact with my community. Both of our larger Quick Left offices in Boulder and Portland are prime locations for meetups. The reason I give up many of my evenings to this end is that I truly feel like I providing the users of our square footage with an experience in our brand.
After hosting several meetups, I've been able to glean insights into what makes a good meetup, and what meetups I feel most inclined to host.
Here are some of my tips for great organizing, from the perspective of your host!