Tips On How To Meet Another WA Member. Perhaps Over Coffee?
My last blog about meeting a local Wealthy Affiliate member was read with great interest. Many expressed they would like to have an opportunity to meet another member themselves. That got me thinking about various possibilities.
Before I explore ideas to make this happen, let’s look at reasons why members have this desire.
Fulfill A Basic Human Need
We have a basic human need to meet others who share a common interest. As members of Wealthy Affiliate our common interest is Affiliate Marketing. Of course working together to help one another to achieve their goals has proved over the years to be very strong. It’s ingrained in the culture by our founders Kyle and Carson. I would like to consider this as a secondary common interest.
We help one another in our communications, blogs and overall conduct within the Wealthy Affiliate Platform. Since we are scattered all over the world, distance and time has been so effectively bridged.
For many of us there is something missing - face to face human interaction. Generally we don’t talk about this need as the logistics of making this happen are too great. Occasionally members write about meeting other members they have got to know who happen to be in the same place at the same time. Similar to the meeting I recently wrote about.
What if there is a way for members near each other to meet? Before that can happen we have to figure out a way to find out who lives not far from us.
In my case it was the blog I wrote here about the Saddle Ridge Fire that got the attention of another member who just happened to love not far from me. I don't think using disasters to get that answer is a solution!
You could add the general location where you live in your profile post. Then make it known you are open to meet people close to you. Suggest that any members living in that general area send you a PM to check how close you really are. Once contact is made the parties could pick a restaurant or a Starbucks nearby to meet for coffee. If there are several living in that same area, perhaps there could be a group meeting
Attend the Friday evening live webinars at 5 pm PST. Jay often asks attendees to type in where they’re from to highlight the International draw of Wealthy Affiliate.
If you notice other attendees located in the same geographical area as you, make a note who they are.
Send them a PM later to state you’d like to meet up if they live nearby. Pick a Starbucks in between to meet over coffee.
Benefits of Meeting In Person
We often talk about being a part of the Wealthy Affiliate Family. When members meet in person, that concept is strengthened.
It gives an opportunity to help solve problems face to face. Conversations can move faster. This means that expressing problems we have in building our businesses become clearer. This is exactly what happened when I met with another member in person.
It can be fun sharing stories about how we came to join Wealthy Affiliate. Also, talking about our goals in person can have the effect of clarifying them and helps us to be accountable.
Compared to Network Marketing
In contrast, Network Marketing is a very social business. Affiliate Marketing can be quite solitary. We sit in front of our computers working on our websites. Even though we communicate online, it is still via an electronic screen.
Why is it that the top performers meet in Vegas every year? It helps Kyle and Carson improve how Wealthy Affiliate works more effectively. There is nothing like meeting face to face to help make improvements to Wealthy Affiliate.
The focus of the members is the member. No network is required to make our business function. The business relationship is strictly between the affiliate marketer and their customers. Wealthy Affiliate is just the facilitator.
Apart from the training and helping each other solve problems, the nature of this business is focused inwards. Quite the opposite of a Network Marketing business.
I'll go so far as to say that the personality traits of individuals who gravitate to Affiliate Marketing are people who prefer to create something first and foremost by themselves. Most of us are not interested in the Rah Rah Rah stuff that is a big part of a Network Marketing business. All of that is not necessary to motivate members. Our motivation has to come primarily from within.
Having said that, it sure helps to get involved with others for mutual support. And what better way to provide such support as in person.
Someone said in a thread wouldn't it be great if members were able to meet up on a cruise! That would be an amazing way to meet and collaborate. As well as socialize.
Imagine how we coiuld mix business with pleasure!
But let's get back down to earth.
Does any of what I have said make sense? Would you make the effort to meet a fellow Wealthy Affiliate member if they lived in your geographical area? I don't mean country. Or even State. I mean within say a 50-mile radius.
Let me know what you think this idea means to you in the discussion area below.
All the best in your affiliate marketing adventure.