Our friends from Squidoo have a great post about Meetups :
Seven Tips for a Successful Meetup
May 29th, 2010 by kimberly
The idea of meeting virtual friends in real life can be scary.
“What if they don’t like me?”
“What if it’s awkward?”
“What will we talk about?”
Planning an event with so many unknowns can be a challenge, but it isn’t impossible.
Here are seven simple tips for making your Squidoo Worldwide Meetup Day event exciting and memorable.
– Make it free.
– Provide food.
– Find a flexible venue.
– Have a Plan B.
– Give them something to talk about.
– Bring non-lensmasters. (replace that by new linchpins)
– Put names and faces with…faces.
The Worldwide Squidoo Meetup Day! page is here
Discover more ideas on that page … I particularly love the “Make it a picnic!”