On Saturday our local web group that usually meets once a month for an evening in a central restaurant-bar took a ‘field trip’ to visit a couple of our members who happen to live in Dartmoor National Park.
It didn’t take too much organisation to get nine people to meet for lunch at a pub, take an afternoon walk, and finally enjoy a cream tea and (return) pub visit. Through the regular online meetup group site and the usual twitter communication channels, we managed to set a date and time, find transportation and change those options twice, and finally all meet in the same place at the same time, 45 minutes away from Plymouth.
And we had a spectacular time: bright clear day, not too windy, and enjoyable company. We all commented on how nice it was to get out of the city for the day, enjoy the gorgeous scenery we have on our doorstep, and have the more leisurely time to chat with each other about all kinds of things. It is nice to let your mind wander a bit whilst walking in a place with fabulous views across the moors and out to sea. And it is another relaxing way to learn about your colleagues.
So I challenge you to change up the meeting place with your regular groups now and again, and see how it reinvigorates the group and the interactions you have. For not too much extra effort, you will get a great opportunity to get to know your people in a new way, and the chance to experience a new place. Let me know how it works for you!
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