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A transformative exploration of the power, purpose, and benefits of gatherings in our lives: at work, at school, at home, and beyond.

Every day, we find ourselves in gatherings, Priya Parker says in The Art of Gathering. If we can understand what makes these gatherings effective and memorable, then we can reframe and redirect them to benefit everyone, host and guest alike. Parker defines a gathering as three or more people who come together for a specific purpose. When we understand why we gather, she says - to acknowledge, to learn, to challenge, to change - we learn how to organize gatherings that are relevant and memorable: from an effective business meeting to a thought-provoking conference; from a joyful wedding to a unifying family dinner.

Drawing on her experience as a strategic facilitator who's worked with such organizations as the World Economic Forum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the retail company, Fresh, Parker explains how ordinary people can create remarkable occasions, large and small. In dozens of fascinating examples, she breaks down the alchemy of these experiences to show what goes into the good ones and demonstrates how we can learn to incorporate those elements into all of our gatherings. The result is an audiobook that's both journey and guide, full of big ideas with real-world applications that will change the way you look at a business meeting, a parent-teacher conference, and a backyard barbecue.

©2018 Priya Parker (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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  • Maçussa, Portugal
  • 08-26-18

Would have liked a different narrator

I loved the book content, but struggled to match the narrator with it. Whilst she reads properly, she sounds too robotic and out of tune with the warmth of the text.
That said, I have learned a lot with the book and even ordered the paper version to use as a guide.
Congratulations Priya!

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Surprisingly detailed, pragramic, insightful

I picked up this book on a whim as I was looking to branch out from typical non-fiction books, hoping to pick up a few tips here and there. This book was a rather thorough break down of event design, which could be applied from everything from casual get togethers to conferences. There is little here about appetizers, dinner/drinks, music selection, proper activities, but how to make events memorable, engaging, fun, whatever the goal is. I think the name of this book does it a disservice as it sounds like a glorified Good Housekeeping issue rather than a truly thoughtful way to make all of your group activities tangibly work better. I recommend this book to everyone interested in the self-development genre.

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Host people?

If you get people together of any size, this is a must read to make your gatherings more enjoyable.

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More than I expected

I was curious how this book was able to get such high reviews across every platform where it is sold. Then I got to the third chapter and realized that I was being pulled into a world of clarity and intention. The advice given can be applied to every interaction that we have with others. Even when we are not the host. This book has taught me how to be a better guest and how to create meaningful experiences that benefit myself and those around me.

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Great text but narrator is robotic

Great text with really helpful tips and insights for bringing groups together in a way that is memorable and effective. Yet the narrator of the book sounds like a robot...legit like a computer, and it made it very very hard for me to connect with listening to the text. I felt like the narrator needed to be more lively or connected, because the book is about connectedness.

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Loved it

Such a good book! It was very helpful for life in general! How to gather in a meaningful way will help you think about ways to connect with people!

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what political organizers and more need to add to their meetings.

excellent content and performance. priya is wonderful and wise. read, practice, engage with design and heart.

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Gathering don’t happen by chance, nor are they effective by chance!

Found!
I learned a lot about myself in this how to guide for gatherings. It made me think about why I gather and how to be deliberate In order to achieve the reason it occurred in the first place. It codified why gatherings work and don’t work. It is an important read if you enjoy bringing people together to accomplish anything, whether it’s deepening relationships with friend, colleagues or strangers. Great read for one wishing to be more deliberate and effective.
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Awesome book

Priya Parker has taken hosting gatherings to a level of sublime. The only challenge with this book is remembering all the incredible and explicit advice. The stories enhance the points emphatically, and the book glides on its way.

I loved this book so much, I bought a hard copy for reference!

Highly recommend

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must read for those working with groups

must read for those working with groups, from parties to workshops and seminars, and even families and trusts