My journey towards OLGA face-to-face meetings

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My journey towards OLGA face-to-face meetings

Hello all,

I just thought I'd share a progress report about my attempt to set up a face to face meeting.

so far, I've designed a flier a poster and telephoned round for meeting locations.

the company that are printing my fliers keep sending me error reports which has been really challenging. I'm thinking of just printing black and white posters myself to place around town.

I'm struggling with the difference between attraction and promotion. Word of mouth is good in theory, but the isolating nature of the disease makes us hard people to find IRL.

Finding a meeting location, I've found places, but they are difficult for me to afford on my budget I'm waiting to hear back from charities, universities and treatment centres in the hope of getting an offer of a cheap room. I'm thinking of hiring 1 room for 1 hour in a few weeks time so that people know when the meeting will be and I can have a group concience (if people show) about how often meetings could be.

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I consider simple posters

I consider simple posters announcing a meeting as attraction, not promotion. If you were spending an advertising budget and attempting to influence perceptions, that'd be promotion, imo. The people and the place are definitely out there, Becca! Surely, surely! someone's going to offer a place to meet at just the right time. I feel it! :) Build it, they'll come.

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Yeah! =D   I've had a

Yeah! =D

I've had a university get back to me, they've not mentioned a price yet, but fingers crossed! =]

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wowow! I want to start a

wowow! I want to start a face-to-face branch in my community too. Do you know of anyone who has successfully done this on this site? I'd love some advice on getting started

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We started in a starbucks.

We started in a starbucks. My thinking was that I would meet at the same time as the chat meeting and I could log into the free wifi. That way if no one showed up for a few months I wouldn't feel that I was wasting my time.

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braden wrote: wowow! I want
braden wrote:

wowow! I want to start a face-to-face branch in my community too. Do you know of anyone who has successfully done this on this site? I'd love some advice on getting started

Braden, check out this post on "How to Start an OLGA Chapter in Your Area"

http://www.olganon.org/?q=node/220

Acceptance. When I am disturbed, it is because a person, place, thing, or situation is unacceptable to me. I find no serenity until I accept my life as being exactly the way it is meant to be. Nothing happens in God’s world by mistake.  Acknowledge the problem, but live the solution!

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thats a great shout Hirsh!

thats a great shout Hirsh! How did you get that agreed with Starbucks/ make yourself known to others?

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I buy a coffee when I sit

I buy a coffee when I sit down, and I posted the meeting here on olga!

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