Resource Review: The Art of Gathering
A must-read book for designers and facilitators of any type of gathering
Approximate reading time: two minutes
While a bit trite and overused, breath of fresh air is an apt description of the excellent content in Priya Parker’s The Art of Gathering. This book immediately causes you to rethink how you host, design, and facilitate gatherings and stays with you longer after your first (of what likely will be many) reading.
In my 10-minute review, I highlight some of my key takeaways from the book, as well as how to enact them, including:
Clarifying your event’s purpose and using it as a bouncer for all your decisions
The power in asking guests to contribute ahead of time
The importance of protecting, equalizing, and connecting guests
Designing for desired connections
Causing good controversy
The video format of this review contains slides illustrating these takeaways.
To further sample Parker’s thinking, several TED Talks videos are available.
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