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

August 7, 2019 - Comment

“Hosts of all kinds, this is a must-read!” –Chris Anderson, owner and curator of TED A bold new approach to how we gather that will transform the ways we spend our time together–at work, at home, in our communities, and beyond. In The Art of Gathering, Priya Parker argues that the gatherings in our lives

“Hosts of all kinds, this is a must-read!” –Chris Anderson, owner and curator of TED

A bold new approach to how we gather that will transform the ways we spend our time together–at work, at home, in our communities, and beyond.

In The Art of Gathering, Priya Parker argues that the gatherings in our lives are lackluster and unproductive–which they don’t have to be. We rely too much on routine and the conventions of gatherings when we should focus on distinctiveness and the people involved. At a time when coming together is more important than ever, Parker sets forth a human-centered approach to gathering that will help everyone create meaningful, memorable experiences, large and small, for work and for play.

Drawing on her expertise as a facilitator of high-powered gatherings around the world, Parker takes us inside events of all kinds to show what works, what doesn’t, and why. She investigates a wide array of gatherings–conferences, meetings, a courtroom, a flash-mob party, an Arab-Israeli summer camp–and explains how simple, specific changes can invigorate any group experience.

The result is a book that’s both journey and guide, full of exciting ideas with real-world applications. The Art of Gathering will forever alter the way you look at your next meeting, industry conference, dinner party, and backyard barbecue–and how you host and attend them.

Comments

Anonymous says:

Invaluable Instruction How to Have Better Meetings, Parties, Conferences and Other Gatherings I love this book. It speaks to my heart and soul. And I hope many will read it to experience better meetings, parties, and conferences. Priya Parker has the rare combination of a solid academic background, professional (mediation) experience, and intuition that enables her to analyze gatherings in a way I’ve never seen before. The lessons she draws from her observations are invaluable and she manages to translate them into clear how-tos for anyone wanting to host or manage friends, family, or…

Anonymous says:

Worth reading This was a decent book, and I learned a few takeaways about making gatherings more meaningful. I’d probably recommend it to my close friends with a caveat and a warning — I’m giving this book three stars because I found it challenging to relate to the author, who has a tendency to be braggadocious. Many of the anecdotes feel like they were included to let the reader know that the author is well-connected, and the book at times reads more like a “who’s-who” for the author’s social circle rather…

Anonymous says:

A great book to help people be transformed by your gathering I host numerous casual events, small dinners, big neighborhood parties and one time a retreat. This book had some great insights on helping people connect in a more personal way that adds something extra special to the event. Priya Parker has put together a book that encompasses these events as well as work events and conference.I was most intrigued about Diner on Blanc. “It’s a global dinner-party series hosted all over the world.” I can’t explain it as well as she…

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