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Let's Start Meeting Like This: The Art Of Gathering
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Going To The Extreme: Gathering As An Art With Priya Parker Are you the type of person who obsesses over guest lists for parties, girls’ weekends, or meetings at work? Are you losing sleep over who to invite, worried about alienating new friends or colleagues, but hesitant to mess with the tried-and-true dynamics you’ve grown to love/hate? And you maybe even feel a little embarrassed, thinking, “What’s the big deal? It’s just a little brunch!”
10 Best Books on Leadership So Far This Year: We Read All the New Books on Leadership So You Don’t Have To What makes a good boss? Answers and advice from psychology professors, business consultants, Google executives, even sports analysts. The Art of Gathering by Priya Parker Big Idea: Most meetings are boring missed opportunities. Here’s how to make them fun and meaningful.
How I Learned to Throw Amazing Parties, Every Time Why do so many get-togethers leave us feeling vaguely unsatisfied and a little hollow? Priya Parker, a group facilitator with a background in conflict resolution and the founder of Thrive Labs, which helps leaders have more meaningful gatherings, was struck by the same thought. Parker says we focus a lot on entertaining—picking the perfect recipes, setting the right playlist—but don’t really talk about the how of hosting once everyone is in the room.
5 Rituals Every Woman Needs The author of The Art of Gathering can help you make special occasions and everyday moments more meaningful. 1. Name Night: Having a family get-together? Ditch game night for name night and explore your family name. Who are we? What does it mean to be us? George Dawes Greene, the founder of The Moth, the organization that sponsors public storytelling nights, did this at his own family reunion of 60 people. Each family member—from the youngest cousin to the oldest great-aunt—got five minutes to share a story.
We've Got To Stop Meeting Like This: Tips for Better Workplace Gatherings A few small changes can have an enormous effect on how people feel about meetings, how they interact at them and what they take away. Some years ago, as part of my advisory work, I set out to learn the secrets of the most transformative gatherings. I interviewed dozens of organizers—including a choreographer from Cirque du Soleil, a Japanese tea ceremony master, a director of an Arab-Israeli summer camp and a conference curator—to understand how they create galvanizing, generative moments. Here are a few of those lessons: