Meaningful meetings

A Literary Guide on setting up and hosting successful meetings and gatherings to connect with others in an effective and purposeful way.

 the art of gathering priya parker book recommendation summary

The Art of Gathering (Non-fiction) by Priya Parker

There are so many instances where we feel a meeting has been a waste or we fail to accomplish what we wanted from it or we didn't get to speak to someone.

Purposefully planning a meeting, setting out the structure and putting thought into an event can go a long way to achieving a more meaningful outcome. This involves allowing people to more vulnerable if we wish to create an honest or intimate meeting. It could also include learning more about ourselves (self-reflection) through the dynamics of the group gathering. It's also about building in basic rituals during the gathering process such as welcoming and saying goodbye to attendees. Lastly priming people before a gathering or meeting already gives you a headstart.

A fabulous and wonderful book written by a professional meeting facilitator Priya Parker, this book offers lots of food for thought. It will save you time and energy,  leave you feeling more refreshed after a gathering. A truly inspiring read.


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