Jelena Woehr6 days ago
Loved reading this! It reminds me of my friends who organize Ignite Denver back in Colorado (my home state). The "No-Show Hall of Shame" sounds a little cray-cray to me, but I can see it being a good idea if your events always sell out (in other words, a no-show hurts others who wanted to attend but couldn't because it was sold out).
One thing missing, I think, is talking to other leaders in your community, even if they're holding events that aren't for quite the same audience. You can learn all sorts of things from people who are already hosting events in your local community. Like, "There's a warehouse down the street that gives free space for events, but only by word of mouth," or "So-and-so runs a local email newsletter with 10000 subscribers and gives free listings to free events."