Free adult meeting place
I did my first public seminar in Norfolk, Virginia this week and had 51 paid attendees.
To keep my costs down, I did a trade-out with a local non-profit.
They provided the meeting space and all refreshments and I let them send 4 staffers for free.
Though I hate to travel, I will consider doing this in other cities and piggybacking public seminars onto other paid speaking engagements or consulting assignments. Find out where the local Toastmasters-Rotary-Kiwanis clubs meet.
Their members get a slight price reduction on the fee, you get advertising & a place to invite others.
Many times, the associations will offer snacks, etc.
Probably, the farther away you get from downtown, the lower the cost will be.
I found libraries to be a valuable source of very nice meeting rooms that are usually free, or at a nominal cost. Sometimes the library will let you set up a coffee service in the room, or now many larger libraries have a great coffee cart where participants can pick up a specialty coffee and bagel on their own.I've found great spaces with sun-lit rooms, convenient locations, well-designed space and ample, free parking -- with grateful hosts.It helps to approach someone who has attended your presentation. There are always other groups in the building so we don't feel isolated.Some will get inspired to help promote your session to their key publics. I have the same environment when I rent classrooms at one of the universities. Some of them near us have very nice rooms that they will rent inexpensively.Both these venues are in different parts of the city so I'm accommodating my clients. For example, I just rented a room last night for an evening meeting. And that is in NJ where meeting space is one of the highest.