Organizer Spotlight: Country Done Right Meetup
Edie Driskill created her Meetup the afternoon before a big dance conference hundreds of miles from her home in Columbus Ohio. The next day, while she was dancing away, her phone wouldn’t stop buzzing. Every few minutes, Meetup sent her an email about another new member of her group, Country Done Right. By the time she got home, there were more than a dozen dancers waiting to dance with her.
The Country Done Right crew loves to dance. Edie likes to say that, “No matter what, they’re always dancing.” Whether she’s teaching a class, leading a field trip to a concert, or even hosting a potluck party, there’s always dancing going on.
Country Done Right is an awesome community, but it’s also a business — Edie makes thousands of dollars a year running her Meetup.
Edie believes that, “Community building is an art form and Meetup has all the basic building blocks to dabble in that art.” Maintaining the community is her number one priority, so she sweats the small details. For example, when they head out of town, she makes sure to balance each carpool with new members and regulars to help integrate new members into the group.
Whenever they go out in public, the group acts as a walking billboard for Country Done Right by wearing their group T-shirts. They turn heads everywhere they go because the best dancers at the show are all wearing the same shirt.
Her number one tip for success? Get people to come back. She’s found that if someone comes to two events, they’re likely to become a regular. At every event, she hands out coupons to first timers that make their next event free.