Staff meetings, family reunions, study groups, dinner parties — even with all the digital ways we have to connect, face-to-face gatherings are still a regular part of our lives. And if you've ever nodded off during a work meeting, you know that not every gathering is exactly the pinnacle of social engagement.
In the spirit of celebrating and improving how we meet IRL (in real life), we're putting together a show about why meeting in person still matters.
One of our guests, Priya Parker, has written a book called "The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters." From her description of the book on her website:
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.
Parker facilitates gatherings of all kinds — conferences, meetings, parties, even a summer camp — and in her book, she writes about ways to re-invigorate all kinds of group activities. She's also collecting stories about meeting. One person wrote to her to say that their best gatherings occurred when they explicitly banned small talk. Another person ditched the book club for the podcast episode club, leading to much better conversation because more people had done the assignment.
That got us thinking about you listeners and your own experience with gatherings.
Tell us your most successful gathering story, or a tale about an in-person get together that just didn't work out.
Write in or use this button to record. We'll update this story to share a few of them, and might use them as part of the episode.