How you close a BAM is as important and meaningful as how you open it. In some cases, more so.
Here are some ideas to create a high-impact close.
Make sure you leave everyone with a call to action for the community. These may include;
Closing a meetup can be an uncomfortable affair. No one wants to leave first and no one wants to leave last. I recommend having a strong closing ceremony. How you run this will depend on the social culture of your meetup, but here are two ideas that we’ve used in the past.
If you have had a highly interactive and educational meetup, a silent mindmap is an excellent way to close out the discussion and integrate what they have learned.
You will need one flipchart per 6-10 attendees. You want multiple people writing at the same time, but everyone needs to be able to access the chart.
You’ll need both thick and thin sharpies or markers. At least 1 per person in attendance (as everyone will be writing at the same time).
Set up the flipcharts equidistant throughout the room. No other setup is required.
The silent mindmap has two stages;
Expect a lot of people to take pictures of their map.