In the last few years, a phenomenon called “MeetUps” has become the hot commodity in the internet space. So what exactly is a MeetUp? The company is located in New York hit the jackpot with this venture. MeetUp is the world’s largest network of local groups. Once you join, anyone can organize a local group or find one of the thousands already meeting up face-to-face. Any subject is game. More than 9,000 groups get together in local communities each day, each one with the goal of improving themselves or their communities.
There are 15 million members, supporting 142,000 Meetup Groups in 196 countires. A member can create one and invite like-minded people to attend. It’s usually free to share interests. Bill Bradley of Allen & Company is a fellow of MeetUp. FYI, he was a Rhodes Scholar, a Senator, an Olympic gold medalist and on the 1965 NCAA All-America Basketball team. He also was a leader of the New York Knicks NBA basketball tream,
Rick Deutsch and Bill Belew host monthly meetups in Palo Alto, CA called the Bay Area Speakers Network. These sessions attract propective and current speakers who want to develop their skills and perhaps speak on cruise ships one day. The cruise lines offer a free trip for two to Enrichment and Destination speakers. SpeakOnCruises.com can teach how to do this.
The next MeetUp is Jan 20 at the Palo Alto Church of Christ located at 3373 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA. It’s free but the information is priceless. See the MeetUp button to attend. Future ones are each 3rd Monday of the month.
A good read => How to engage with us
I get about 2-3 free cruises a year. That’s enough for me. Like you, I need to bring home some bacon in the meantime. I don’t get paid as a result of my cruise, so what else can generate income from?
Have you tried doing webinars? My passion is hiking Half Dome at Yosemite National Park. I got pretty good at it. I wrote the only book on hiking it and have done this 12-hour RT hike 40 times. Gee, an expert. So I have been giving webinars. I use GoToWebinar. It costs $99 a month. My email service is $19 a month. Web hosting another $12. I have done seven so far. I go over the Half Dome news, of course, but also do the other major trails.
I invite anyone with a pulse, including those off my humble email list. I found that FREE draws a crowd. People are so used to getting anything off the web free, they forget it takes my time and resources to put these together. At $8.00 a session the audience shrunk from the 50 people my first two free ones attracted. When I asked for donations instead, I got 3. Gee, do you folks tip?
So now I have a sponsor. I charge them for “ads” that I do at the beginning and end. They get exposure to a large audience of targeted prospects and the services are paid for. It also provides a tad for dog food.
Be creative and monetize your talents. The webinar route is very easy to do. The audience has to register to gain access so you can build your email list. Plus it is recorded, so you can offer it to others –for a fee. I dropped mine to $4.00. That should be within the range of anyone but the hard core cheapskate.
Plan your next cruise in the meantime!
Worth Reading -> Upcoming cruises
When you ask people about cruising, they often say they’d like to see the Mediterranean, the Baltic or the Caribbean. Fair enough – all nice regions. But the easiest and one of the best is to our own Alaska. There are several reasons why, but paramount are that it doesn’t involve an overseas plane ride; the people speak English; and they take dollars! Kidding aside, Alaska is the last great frontier.
Its history is wrapped in gold, exploration, glaciers, grizzlies and oil. The stories coming out of places like Skagway are legendary. Men who had to carry six months of supplies up the steep Chilkot trail demonstrates the ruggedness of our ancestors.
The story of the Alaska Pipeline the tragedy of the Exxon Valdez still ring. Did you know that there are 616 officially named glaciers but another estimated 100,000 unnamed glaciers in the state? The eagles have made a comeback and are no longer endangered. The people in Juneau, Ketchikan , and Sitka are tourist friendly.
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Why pay for your cruise to the 49th state? If you can give 4 talks on a cruise ship, you and another can travel for free. Really. See us for details. SpeakOnCruises.com