Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"
Michelle Kaplan
"The New York Radio Girl"

Meetups and loneliness in the US

Today find out how is curing loneliness in the United States.

Both Michelle and Lindsay like to attend meetups in New York City and Boston.

It’s a great way to meet people.

There seems to be a lot of loneliness in the United States.

In cafes you run into people just staring at their computer screens.

After 9/11 the founders of Meetup noticed that New Yorkers came together.

They wanted to see if they could use the Internet to get people off the Internet and to come together and build community.


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What’s the most popular meetup in New York City?

Fashion and beauty meetups


We want to hear from our listeners!

What kinds of meetups are popular in your city?


Vocabulary to meet someone at a meetup:

  • “So is this your first meetup?”
  • “Are you a part of any other meetups?”
  • “Are you having a good time?” or “Having a good time?”
  • “Hey it’s nice to see you again. How have you been?” (This is called circling back and  you can learn more about this skill in The Charisma Equation)
  • “Hey how’s it going with _____?”
  • “Any updates on ______?”


What to say to the organizer:

  • “Hi, I’m Michelle. It’s my first meetup. Thanks for hosting. Why did you decide to start this meetup?”


Listen to the episode to hear a typical native conversation that could happen at a meetup.


Let us know in the comments!

What meetups have you been to?

How was your experience?

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