The Website Meetup.com offers opportunities for people to meet others in their community who share common interests. Many major cities have a Meetup group for Highly Sensitive People, and their are over 200 HSP Meetup groups globally. Why do I recommend that HSPs join HSP Meetup Groups? First and foremost, to spend time with others who understand and appreciate our innate trait. This simple step is such a healthy one, providing opportunities to connect with fellow HSPs and share our experiences.
For communities without HSP Meetup Groups, I encourage organizing one. The Meetup site is very well organized, and simplifies the process for Organizers to get a group started. Dr. Elaine Aron offers suggestions on running Meetups for HSPs in her book entitled “The Highly Sensitive Person’s Workbook”. The pairing of these two resources alone should prove sufficient in getting a group up and running.
Here are some recommendations for Organizers of HSP Meetup Groups:
- Hold formal monthly meetings either in central locations, or rotating around the areas of town that members reside. Consider reserving meeting space at local libraries or similar quiet areas.
- Utilize website ‘Settings’ to permit members to suggest casual Meetups in between the formal monthly Meetups.
- Use the Group ‘Settings’ file to require a photo and/or question when new members apply, and set to “Organizer must approve”.
- Use the HSP Meetup Group’s home page to add sufficient background information about our trait, including Dr. Aron’s description of DOES, and a link to her HSP self-tests. This will enable you to keep the inner details of your group’s Meetup site on private setting, while prospective members can still determine if your group is right for them.
- Use ‘Polls’ to gather input from members as needed.
- Consider using the email option through the Meetup site to communicate with all members, and check the box which also posts to the group’s message board.
That’s all for now. Feel free to contact me with any questions regarding HSP Meetup Groups. If you like this post, I recommend signing up for my newsletter at the top of this page.
All the Best!
Joe Capriotti – “Coaching to Thrive through Sensitivity”