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9

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  • Engaging
  • Concrete Examples
  • Inspiring

Review

In this extensive, practical guidebook, facilitator Priya Parker details the important aspects of planning, designing, executing and closing meetings of all sorts. Whether planning a meeting at the World Economic Forum in Davos, a problem-solving session with entrepreneurs or a dinner party with friends, Parker offers purposeful advice about how to “spice-up” your gathering. She emphasizes the people-oriented aspects of getting together, an art that requires skill and “generous authority.” 

About the Author

Founder of Thrive Labs Priya Parker is a meeting facilitator who helps executives, activists and educators create transformative gatherings. 

 

Why Are You Gathering?

Whether you are gathering to be cheerful – for a wedding, to be mournful – for a funeral – or to be productive and decisive – for a business meeting, gatherings structure today’s social and business life.  

Identifying the purpose of a gathering makes it meaningful. Author Priya Parker insists that a category – like “a wedding” or “a meeting” – is not a purpose. For example, a networking event might have the purpose of connecting people to solve shared problems. Or, the author notes, that same networking event could be intended to improve working relationships in the community. Both purposes are specific, and each one requires the event organizer to structure the gathering differently.


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