How Can I Start a Group for Administrative Assistants? – Ask an Admin

Q: Emily K. asks:

I live in a town close to admin groups (like Meetup or non-profit groups) but each is at least 1.5 hours away. I would like to start something similar in my town. How would I go about starting a group that will be more than just me, sitting in a coffeehouse by myself?

Does anyone have any experience putting together and administrative group? Please comment below.

A: Starting a new group can be a rewarding and exciting experience. Here are some steps you can take to get started:

  1. Identify your goals: What is the purpose of your group? Do you want to connect with other administrative professionals in your area, learn new skills, or network with potential employers? Clearly defining your goals will help you attract like-minded individuals and keep the group focused.
  2. Research similar groups: Look for similar groups in your area and see what they are doing. This will give you an idea of what has worked for them and what you might want to do differently.
  3. Create a plan: Once you have a clear idea of your goals and what you want to achieve, create a plan for how you will get there. This might include finding a venue, establishing regular meeting times, and recruiting members.
  4. Promote your group: Use social media and local networks to promote your group and attract new members. Consider reaching out to local businesses and organizations to see if they would be interested in partnering with or supporting your group.
  5. Engage with members: Once you have a core group of members, make sure to keep them engaged and involved. This might include soliciting feedback and ideas, organizing events or activities, and providing opportunities for members to connect with each other.

Starting a group can take time and effort, but it can also be a fulfilling and rewarding experience. Good luck with your new group!


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