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A transformative exploration of the power, purpose, and benefits of gatherings in our lives: at work, at school, at home and beyond. Every day we find ourselves in gatherings, Priya Parker says in The Art of Gathering. If we can understand what makes these gatherings effective and memorable, then we can reframe and redirect them to benefit everyone, host and guest alike. Pa A transformative exploration of the power, purpose, and benefits of gatherings in our lives: at work, at school, at home and beyond. Every day we find ourselves in gatherings, Priya Parker says in The Art of Gathering. If we can understand what makes these gatherings effective and memorable, then we can reframe and redirect them to benefit everyone, host and guest alike. Parker defines a gathering as three or more people who come together for a specific purpose. When we understand why we gather, she says -- to acknowledge, to learn, to challenge, to change -- we learn how to organize gatherings that are relevant and memorable: from an effective business meeting to a thought-provoking conference; from a joyful wedding to a unifying family dinner. Drawing on her experience as a strategic facilitator who's worked with such organizations as the World Economic Forum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the retail company Fresh, Parker explains how ordinary people can create remarkable occasions, large and small. In dozens of fascinating examples, she breaks down the alchemy of these experiences to show what goes into the good ones and demonstrates how we can learn to incorporate those elements into all of our gatherings. The result is a book that's both journey and guide, full of big ideas with real-world applications that will change the way you look at a business meeting, a parent-teacher conference, and a backyard barbecue.


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A transformative exploration of the power, purpose, and benefits of gatherings in our lives: at work, at school, at home and beyond. Every day we find ourselves in gatherings, Priya Parker says in The Art of Gathering. If we can understand what makes these gatherings effective and memorable, then we can reframe and redirect them to benefit everyone, host and guest alike. Pa A transformative exploration of the power, purpose, and benefits of gatherings in our lives: at work, at school, at home and beyond. Every day we find ourselves in gatherings, Priya Parker says in The Art of Gathering. If we can understand what makes these gatherings effective and memorable, then we can reframe and redirect them to benefit everyone, host and guest alike. Parker defines a gathering as three or more people who come together for a specific purpose. When we understand why we gather, she says -- to acknowledge, to learn, to challenge, to change -- we learn how to organize gatherings that are relevant and memorable: from an effective business meeting to a thought-provoking conference; from a joyful wedding to a unifying family dinner. Drawing on her experience as a strategic facilitator who's worked with such organizations as the World Economic Forum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the retail company Fresh, Parker explains how ordinary people can create remarkable occasions, large and small. In dozens of fascinating examples, she breaks down the alchemy of these experiences to show what goes into the good ones and demonstrates how we can learn to incorporate those elements into all of our gatherings. The result is a book that's both journey and guide, full of big ideas with real-world applications that will change the way you look at a business meeting, a parent-teacher conference, and a backyard barbecue.

30 review for The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters

  1. 5 out of 5

    Justin Tate

    How to Win Friends and Gather People Everyone needs this book! Whether you’re hosting a birthday party, a major business conference or just looking to improve people skills, these guiding theories on gathering are essential. Priya understands the magic that happens when people get together for a purpose, and she also understands how miserable it can be without proper planning. Her examples are vast and eye-opening, and she presents her theories with humor and grace. I rarely read non-fiction, and w How to Win Friends and Gather People Everyone needs this book! Whether you’re hosting a birthday party, a major business conference or just looking to improve people skills, these guiding theories on gathering are essential. Priya understands the magic that happens when people get together for a purpose, and she also understands how miserable it can be without proper planning. Her examples are vast and eye-opening, and she presents her theories with humor and grace. I rarely read non-fiction, and was hesitant that an entire book on gathering could keep my attention, but it absolutely did. Highly recommended!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jena

    If anyone is familiar with 'The Good Place', it honestly feels like Tahani wrote this in an unironic way.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Hong

    Transformative. Ha. But I’m serious. This book reframes the way I think about gathering people and hosting events. My key lessons: 1. Chill is overrated: meaningful events require structure and direction 2. Open and close with purpose— set the stage and allow guests to reflect in the event itself 3. More is not necessarily merrier, be selective and scrutinizing with the people you invite My only beef might be with the writing, but it’s definitely made up for by the content

  4. 4 out of 5

    Caiti S

    Marginally better than a similar book I read recently titled Belong by Radha Agrawal. As a professional meeting facilitator, Priya Parker has real experience in creating meaningful gatherings and goes through many examples in the book. The tips I took away have to do with defining a clear purpose for your event, being an intentional host, inviting vulnerability in your guests through priming them prior to the event, and establishing specific rituals around welcoming and saying goodbye to guests. Marginally better than a similar book I read recently titled Belong by Radha Agrawal. As a professional meeting facilitator, Priya Parker has real experience in creating meaningful gatherings and goes through many examples in the book. The tips I took away have to do with defining a clear purpose for your event, being an intentional host, inviting vulnerability in your guests through priming them prior to the event, and establishing specific rituals around welcoming and saying goodbye to guests. However, I'm only rating this 3 out of 5 for a few reasons: 1) It seems to be written more for use in a business setting than personal. And the personal gatherings she describes mostly deal with people who don't know each other. There's little exploration of changing existing group dynamics. 2) The book entirely focuses on the responsibilities of the host; there are few specifics for those who might simply be guests. I'm not entirely comfortable in a hosting role at this point, so I would have liked more tips for how guests could contribute to more meaningful gatherings. 3) I got real bored about 80 pages from the end as it became a bit redundant. {ETA} She also says several times that parties/gatherings should have gender balance, and even suggests seating should alternate male and female. I don't understand how this is real advice in 2018.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This is probably going to be a book I revisit; I found the lessons pretty invaluable. It reframed gathering for me- whether for a casual dinner, a work meeting, or an event you're hosting. There's an importance of individuals coming together, whether to enjoy life or to create something, that is often lost because we get so used to the routine of meeting for work or for fun. The Art of Gathering is fresh air that can breathe life back into the experience. Another thing that I loved about this bo This is probably going to be a book I revisit; I found the lessons pretty invaluable. It reframed gathering for me- whether for a casual dinner, a work meeting, or an event you're hosting. There's an importance of individuals coming together, whether to enjoy life or to create something, that is often lost because we get so used to the routine of meeting for work or for fun. The Art of Gathering is fresh air that can breathe life back into the experience. Another thing that I loved about this book is the power it places upon people in general. Depending on how an event is structured, you can really travel to new ideas, intimacies, and self-reflection just by using the people you have in the room in an equipped and intentional manner. Overall this is accessible and very usable-- I've already started putting some of the things I've learned into practice!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Jin

    This is the most important book I have ever read. It has transformed the way I think about what truly has to go into creating meaningful and impactful experiences out of every meeting amongst friends, lovers, business acquaintances, and overall, what it really takes to build movements. This book has totally reframed the lens through which I look at life, from my interactions in and contributions to groups, to my role in building communities that last. I'm going to have to reread this a few times This is the most important book I have ever read. It has transformed the way I think about what truly has to go into creating meaningful and impactful experiences out of every meeting amongst friends, lovers, business acquaintances, and overall, what it really takes to build movements. This book has totally reframed the lens through which I look at life, from my interactions in and contributions to groups, to my role in building communities that last. I'm going to have to reread this a few times and will spend a lot of time thinking about this more-- the art of gathering is a philosophy on life that is going to take practice and a lot of careful thought, and practicing it thoughtfully I think is also the best way to honor the time, experiences, and contributions of those you love and work with. I'm super into the overall thesis of this book and am going to be telling everyone I know that they must read it. It's going to be important for any person who cares about growing meaningful relationships and friendships, and even business leaders who are looking to build authentic and thoughtful organizations which change the world. It's also great for anyone who hates conferences and panels and speeches and is looking for ways to transform the boring traditional spaces and formats in which we create. Just read it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    This book tested my resolve to complete every book I begin. Part of the problem was the title lead me to believe it was going to be about the social aspects of how individual meet and become couples. Instead it is about how to plan dinner parties and corporate meetings. So OK, I'm interested in a far-reaching spectrum of topics so I'll give it a try. However, I think the author was more interested in name-dropping than imparting knowledge. She also has a habit of stating a rule then going on to This book tested my resolve to complete every book I begin. Part of the problem was the title lead me to believe it was going to be about the social aspects of how individual meet and become couples. Instead it is about how to plan dinner parties and corporate meetings. So OK, I'm interested in a far-reaching spectrum of topics so I'll give it a try. However, I think the author was more interested in name-dropping than imparting knowledge. She also has a habit of stating a rule then going on to break it in her writing. One example of this was when she said to never thank people by stating their roles. She claims this does not honor them and bores the audience. Within the same chapter she thanks everyone associated with the book by stating their role and saying how they helped her. I do not think this topic warrants a book; at best it should have been a whitepaper. My suspicion is that the author has a close friend in the publishing industry who persuaded her to write this. There is no way this book would have ever been published if the author solicited an editor.

  8. 5 out of 5

    jasmine sun

    most books on “people skills” revolve around self-promotion: how to be liked, how to mitigate anxiety, etc. i never realized how much we’ve lacked advice for making others feel comfortable, engaged, and authentic in social and business gatherings. this book guides readers through exactly that.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    fascinating and thought provoking not just for people who organize conferences and meetings, but also just regular people who want to have more than lackluster dinner parties or family gatherings. ranted about this to 3 people already and can't wait to apply these principles to my next gathering.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Marina Ha

    I learnt about this book from Debbie Milman's podcast "Design Matters", where Priya shared many details about her work in conflict resolution, facilitation, provided the background for the book, her writing process, etc. I absolutely enjoyed the podcast, but as a result, I thought the anecdotes in the book were repetitive of the interview, and had I not listened to the podcast, I would have enjoyed the book more.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mehrsa

    Such a great book about all sorts of gatherings--corporate meetings, dinner parties, book clubs. I learned a lot and this book has already affected how I think about my meetings, book clubs, dinner parties, and even classroom dynamics.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Read

    This book is a must read. For everyone. From dinner parties and staff meetings to holiday gatherings and funerals, we all spend so much time at "gatherings" that are organized by someone. Priya Parker points out that surprisingly little thought is given to the structure of gatherings. Because of that, many of us spend inordinate amounts of time in boring time wasters that are often tedious and quite forgettable. This book changes how to think about the purpose of gatherings - absolutely all gathe This book is a must read. For everyone. From dinner parties and staff meetings to holiday gatherings and funerals, we all spend so much time at "gatherings" that are organized by someone. Priya Parker points out that surprisingly little thought is given to the structure of gatherings. Because of that, many of us spend inordinate amounts of time in boring time wasters that are often tedious and quite forgettable. This book changes how to think about the purpose of gatherings - absolutely all gatherings. With each chapter I had "aha moments" that made we wonder why I had not thought about this before. I will also say that this book should be added to every reading list for leadership development programs, courses and seminars. Same for corporate retreats and strategy sessions. Constructing a meaningful gathering with purpose *is* a core leadership skill. Parker's examples of the gatherings she has facilitated in her career are fascinating. It also makes the book more of a "show" than a "tell." Once she tells the story of a particular gathering, she breaks down how and why it worked so well. I think we all need to incorporate the format of 15 Toasts regularly into our dinner gatherings. Of all the concepts she introduced, I really loved this one. While "communication" takes place at gatherings, it does not always lead to meaningful connection among people. And why would you pursue the first if not for the purpose of the latter? I highly recommend this book. It will change the way you think about how we spend our time with one another and how with the smallest amount of effort it could be so much more meaningful.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Allison

    Such an incredible read! Parker and husband Giridharadas are SUCH a power couple (Winners Take All is another one of my favorite reads in the last few years). I started this book at the beginning of quarantine, and I was struggling to get through even a couple pages at a time. I picked it back up a few days ago, 2 months into quarantine, and I took copious notes on each chapter. The book's structure is set like a gathering itself, with Parker cheekily placing the book's acknowledgements within t Such an incredible read! Parker and husband Giridharadas are SUCH a power couple (Winners Take All is another one of my favorite reads in the last few years). I started this book at the beginning of quarantine, and I was struggling to get through even a couple pages at a time. I picked it back up a few days ago, 2 months into quarantine, and I took copious notes on each chapter. The book's structure is set like a gathering itself, with Parker cheekily placing the book's acknowledgements within the last chapter instead of at the very end (abiding by her advice to never end a gathering with logistics or thanks). I'm taking away wisdom and inspiration on how to create gatherings in my personal life (would love to use 15 toasts at my birthday this year) and professional life. This book helped me name the anxiety I experience about hosting events, since my friend group is rather disparate. Parker showed me how to have generous authority as a host, and how to create vulnerability and intimacy for people when they are surrounded by strangers. this woman is SO WISE. I recommend her podcast Alone Together, which she recently started to discuss alternative gatherings during covid.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth A

    I listened to the audiobook which was well narrated by Bernadette Dunne. Why do we gather? What is the intention of the gathering? How will this particular gathering be unique? How will you engage all the guests? Once you know why you want to gather, who do you invite. Turns out who is invited is as important as you do do not invite. What is your role as the host? What location might be best for the intention you have in mind? How do you prepare your guests for the gathering? How do you open and I listened to the audiobook which was well narrated by Bernadette Dunne. Why do we gather? What is the intention of the gathering? How will this particular gathering be unique? How will you engage all the guests? Once you know why you want to gather, who do you invite. Turns out who is invited is as important as you do do not invite. What is your role as the host? What location might be best for the intention you have in mind? How do you prepare your guests for the gathering? How do you open and close one? These are some of the thought provoking ideas explored in this book. I was entertained, educated, and inspired. Could it have used some tighter editing? Yes. Yet it made me look at gatherings in an entirely new light, and this is one I'll be dipping into again and again. Birthday parties, book clubs, work meetings, family reunions, dinner parties, or any other type of gathering would benefit from the ideas outlined here. Highly recommended for event planners, hosts, and attendees of any human gathering.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Meagan Schultz

    This is the most inspiring book I’ve read in a long time. If you like people, like to hang with people, like to have fun with people ... this book could be a game changer. So many ideas I want to try!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Vipassana

    I enjoy hosting people, facilitating meetings, and organizing gatherings but I want to get better at it. That's why I picked up Priya Parker's book. Midway through the book, I delivered a guest lecture and incorporated some of the lessons I learnt from this book and feel like I had a more effective class as a result. The book is littered with anecdotes of good gatherings and practical advice that includes: not being "chill" about your gathering, focusing on people and structuring the event to en I enjoy hosting people, facilitating meetings, and organizing gatherings but I want to get better at it. That's why I picked up Priya Parker's book. Midway through the book, I delivered a guest lecture and incorporated some of the lessons I learnt from this book and feel like I had a more effective class as a result. The book is littered with anecdotes of good gatherings and practical advice that includes: not being "chill" about your gathering, focusing on people and structuring the event to engage them, priming people before the gathering, introducing vulnerability, having a beginning and event to make the space transformative, and much more. She did not explore class and how that interacts with hosting. The only time class ever comes up is when she defends the Diner en Blanc as not being snobbish, and very diverse in when it happens in Washington D.C. My main issue with the book is that it is not well written. It is also a hundred pages too long. This was particularly jarring because it seemed like her own advice on who to gather could be applied to writing in order to make it better. So while it ended up being boring, it was pretty useful and I will incorporate many of her lessons in the gatherings I host. -- March 2020

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tara

    4,5 stars! I love reading a book where I am taught to think about something so differently. And even though it may not seem important, how we meet, I realised that it does matter. When I reflected on events or simple gatherings with family and friends I can see why I walked away from some feeling transformed even enlightened and others wishing I had done something else with my time. One of the best parts of the book was her explanation of form and tradition, something that had always not felt rig 4,5 stars! I love reading a book where I am taught to think about something so differently. And even though it may not seem important, how we meet, I realised that it does matter. When I reflected on events or simple gatherings with family and friends I can see why I walked away from some feeling transformed even enlightened and others wishing I had done something else with my time. One of the best parts of the book was her explanation of form and tradition, something that had always not felt right to me when I was at gatherings that followed tradition. In this book, the author makes the implicit explicit in a way that allowed me to think in a different way about my gatherings. I am glad I read it and it's one that I will think about further as I gather.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    Do you like to throw parties? Have you ever had to host a work event? Do you have a weekly meeting with your church small group? Or maybe you dread all of those activities because they seem dull, awkward, and lifeless. Either way, this book is for you. Priya Parker masterfully explains why every gathering needs to have a purpose, the importance of guest lists and how being a "chill" host is ultimately selfish. This book is a new top 10 for me, and I can't wait to implement these suggestions. I t Do you like to throw parties? Have you ever had to host a work event? Do you have a weekly meeting with your church small group? Or maybe you dread all of those activities because they seem dull, awkward, and lifeless. Either way, this book is for you. Priya Parker masterfully explains why every gathering needs to have a purpose, the importance of guest lists and how being a "chill" host is ultimately selfish. This book is a new top 10 for me, and I can't wait to implement these suggestions. I tore through this in less than 24 hours, pencil in hand, and I know I'll be revisiting this many times to plan a wide variety of gatherings.

  19. 5 out of 5

    kelly

    Brilliant advice woven through with interesting, vivid anecdotes. I especially loved the chapter on rule-making and how this increasingly common trend is the opposite of etiquette. Etiquette is typically the dominant culture judging your missteps as evidence of bad breeding--it promotes exclusivity. In contrast, temporary rules explained to guests in advance create inclusivity and are actually freeing. This is just one of so many interesting insights and new ideas (new to me at least) about gath Brilliant advice woven through with interesting, vivid anecdotes. I especially loved the chapter on rule-making and how this increasingly common trend is the opposite of etiquette. Etiquette is typically the dominant culture judging your missteps as evidence of bad breeding--it promotes exclusivity. In contrast, temporary rules explained to guests in advance create inclusivity and are actually freeing. This is just one of so many interesting insights and new ideas (new to me at least) about gatherings that I got from this book. I will never think about gatherings the same way again and I expect to refer back to this and passionately recommend it to others often!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Conner

    This book is fantastic! It challenged me on every gathering I host from dinner parties, luncheons, annual fundraising celebrations, to bible studies. I will reference it for years to come.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    If you plan events of any kind-personal or professional—you’ll find this full of useful suggestions on how to make that event more meaningful and effective.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Katy

    A book to reflect on ... a bit more difficult to use the examples and extrapolate them into a more private rather than corporate setting, but plenty to think about.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

    I am fascinated by gatherings and group dynamics so this book is my favorite of the year so far! I will go back to refresh myself on the strategies and rituals that create meaningful and unique experiences. Directly relevant to the mundane as it is the elevated.

  24. 4 out of 5

    David

    A rare book on leadership that combines emotional intelligence, insight, and practical takeaways in every chapter. Plus, Parker offers some tips and strategies that impact almost every area of life. Well worth the read.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lily Jamaludin

    The Art of Gathering is really about how to build better events. Except Priya Parker doesn’t think of them as just events. She thinks of them as gatherings and experiences with the potential to heal, connect, and transform those who attend. Think about events, conferences, or camps where you had an amazing experience. Priya is saying those experiences are not accidents - you too can carefully craft your event to be transformative. She fuses a lot of design thinking elements into the practice of The Art of Gathering is really about how to build better events. Except Priya Parker doesn’t think of them as just events. She thinks of them as gatherings and experiences with the potential to heal, connect, and transform those who attend. Think about events, conferences, or camps where you had an amazing experience. Priya is saying those experiences are not accidents - you too can carefully craft your event to be transformative. She fuses a lot of design thinking elements into the practice of creating experiences, which I really appreciated. She breaks the book up into different elements of a successful gathering. Essentially these are: Have a powerful, deep purpose Be selective about who you invite Be an active, engaged host (don’t be chill - the captainless ship can lead to very bad experiences) Make rules to create a temporary world Do not frame (start or end) your event with logistics Create systems to help your guests be real and vulnerable Ways to heat up the conversation (help people take risks and take about controversial topics) Close intentionally It’s a pretty great read for anyone, because the ideas can be applied to planning your daughter’s twelfth birthday party, all the way to designing tech conferences for startup founders. As somebody who shies away from planning events, I certainly walked away from it feeling a lot more empowered to create more transformative or powerful gatherings. Overall, though, this book is way too long. It’s not just peppered with examples, but littered with them. Some of these examples add to the understanding of the principles, but a lot of the time it’s a lot of extra padding. The book could do with a few pages of a summary of key ideas, or some sort of template, because reading the whole thing can get a bit draggy.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

    I'm more inclined to give this a 3.5 and closer to 4. I wanted it to be a 5 but maybe it was the difference between my expectations versus my takeaways. It was more instructional and less emotional which was helpful because it wasn't what I expected. What I loved (and the Post-its show this) was that there were elements of gathering that Parker shares that make you think-- obviously as a subtitle related to how and why we meet and why it matters-- but it does question the basics of gatherings in I'm more inclined to give this a 3.5 and closer to 4. I wanted it to be a 5 but maybe it was the difference between my expectations versus my takeaways. It was more instructional and less emotional which was helpful because it wasn't what I expected. What I loved (and the Post-its show this) was that there were elements of gathering that Parker shares that make you think-- obviously as a subtitle related to how and why we meet and why it matters-- but it does question the basics of gatherings in general so that anyone can spend a few extra minutes drilling down to why they're getting anyone together. And this goes for any gathering including weddings. Just because it's what you do, doesn't mean you have to, but it would be more useful to figure out why you're actually doing it and what you want to to do with people when they get there. Then all of the rest falls into place but there's a lot of action before, during, and after with the introduction and closing being so important and significant. I've already decided on a few changes for how I operate and likewise will take on the role of host with more purpose than before (though this is something I've always subscribed to). She's got a lot of clout, Parker does because of the work that she's done and it's not easy, especially when gatherings become commonplace and lose their charm or purpose. It's a fantastic book to recenter ourselves and appreciate why and what for, where and how we come together. "Freedom for the wolves has often meant death to the sheep"

  27. 5 out of 5

    Joanna

    As an omnivert who cycles between introvert and extrovert moods on the regular, I yearn for gatherings that bring people together and I dread gatherings that don’t. I love to make plans with groups of people, and I always hope that each gathering kindles friendship and fellowship that will last. My book group is legendary (I love you guys!) for the magical sense of belonging that helps me regain my center when life has knocked me sideways. My movie night crew has also stayed strong through decad As an omnivert who cycles between introvert and extrovert moods on the regular, I yearn for gatherings that bring people together and I dread gatherings that don’t. I love to make plans with groups of people, and I always hope that each gathering kindles friendship and fellowship that will last. My book group is legendary (I love you guys!) for the magical sense of belonging that helps me regain my center when life has knocked me sideways. My movie night crew has also stayed strong through decades of life changes and challenges and has remained a touchstone for me through the years. (ILMN, forever) My family hosts an annual Halloween event that brings hundreds of people together for a spooky evening in our community. I love to invite people to things. So, when I heard about this book, I thought it could help me to enhance my existing bonds and perhaps bring some of that magic into other parts of my life. I know that I could do better as a host, and as a guest. While this work does address a lot of pitfalls and lays out some strategies, it really didn’t speak to my particular enthusiasms. The focus is much more on addressing personal conflicts and helping businesses in transition. I did muse about my company’s annual conference and ways in which Parker’s advice dovetails with the experiences we provided to our guests- I think we did quite well! - and I really will try to pay attention to her advice as I plan my own gatherings, but I don’t think much of it was very pertinent to those settings. I also, frankly, got a little bored reading this.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    Business: -Figure our the purpose of the get together before hosting one -Stick with your demographic. Ie: bar only for kids, keeps our adults -Elderly receive lots of health benefits by hanging out with young ppl -Groups: 8-12 people, 6, 12-15, 30, 150 -Select a location that embodies the meeting: plumbing company partner HQ for Valay -Use different rooms for different parts of the meeting to get ppl to remember better: Have different Phases - there’s a narrative -Alamo Theatre: “goodbye texter” ad -Ha Business: -Figure our the purpose of the get together before hosting one -Stick with your demographic. Ie: bar only for kids, keeps our adults -Elderly receive lots of health benefits by hanging out with young ppl -Groups: 8-12 people, 6, 12-15, 30, 150 -Select a location that embodies the meeting: plumbing company partner HQ for Valay -Use different rooms for different parts of the meeting to get ppl to remember better: Have different Phases - there’s a narrative -Alamo Theatre: “goodbye texter” ad -Have ppl show up at the same time -Placement: boy girl boy girl. -No coming & going -Have rules -90% of what makes a gathering successful is done beforehand -Bring people to a comfortable location to talk: like your home: “We are here to talk, but this is my home and you are my guests. Make yourself comfortable” -Have good openings -Don’t mention sponsors in first few moments or last moments -Cold open: dive right in -Four Seasons: greets you with flowers taller than you -Remember everyone’s name and picture and open session by showing everyone you know their name -Set table before you arrived -Being vulnerable makes ppl feel for you -ALWAYS end with a lot of ppl still around Games: -Pair people up, have them guess the other’s profession -Start get-together with a general question: “What book really affected you as a child?” -Host should play the game too, not leave early -Partners introduce each other -You can’t pour yourself a drink, someone has to pour it for you -Setup initial groups of 6 where you discuss what brought you to this meeting

  29. 4 out of 5

    Traci at The Stacks

    I liked this though I often stopped paying attention in my listening. I think I would revisit sections as I host future gatherings. The author is smart and has clearly put a lot of thought it gatherings (as it’s her work) which I appreciated. I was able to reflect on my own gatherings. I sometimes felt like the book could have been two separate books. One on professional gatherings one of personal gatherings. Not because the advice is different but the events are so different. UPDATED: on my seco I liked this though I often stopped paying attention in my listening. I think I would revisit sections as I host future gatherings. The author is smart and has clearly put a lot of thought it gatherings (as it’s her work) which I appreciated. I was able to reflect on my own gatherings. I sometimes felt like the book could have been two separate books. One on professional gatherings one of personal gatherings. Not because the advice is different but the events are so different. UPDATED: on my second read of this book I loved the book more and still got so much out of it!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Trey Grayson

    Want to learn how to improve your dinner parties, make your staff meetings more productive, or actually cause those conferences to produce an outcome beyond networking? Then check out this new book. I just finished a gathering this week whose organizers used this book as a guide, and it was much productive and enjoyable than similar gatherings I’ve attended.

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