🙏🏽 Thanks to Julie (Boston) and Uri (London) for seeding this idea!
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(It’s the only thing that stands between you and tea time!)
Here are some considerations while thinking about good places to host tea time:
If you’re going to set aside 2 hours to orchestrate a conversation with strangers on some regular basis, you might as well take a few extra minutes to do it well.
The difference between a tea time that “was all right” and tea times that are “wow, just, wow” isn’t some sort of fairy dust. It’s easy to pin it on the attendees or chance, but to a large extent, it’s on how the host shows up.
These Host Utilities exist to make it easier for you to show up. Some of it is generally useful for all hosts. Some of it is meant to support you in very specific situations. Here you go:
Whether it’s your first tea time or your 25th, it can feel daunting to think about going to a cafe and waiting for 1–5 random people to show up. You don’t know who they are. They could just flake entirely! (It’s very easy to just not do things). …
Hosting tea time is a deeply rewarding way to become a better listener, to ask questions that draw stories, and to find common ground between people or ideas that seem unrelated.
But nobody becomes good at something without practicing it. And if talking to people were all it took to…
These are good to post across your social media presence — Instagram, Stories, or wherever you post photos. Try to be sure to include the link to the website in your captions or in a comment on the photos, as most platforms treat “photo posts” different from “link posts.”
Talking to people about what Tea With Strangers is is cool. Sharing stories of why you care about it is cooler.
So actually, why do YOU host (or want to host) with Tea With Strangers? What in your life has brought you to this moment? What are you hoping for…
It’s not so much about getting your friends to come to your tea time as it is about letting them know it exists (and getting their friends to come to tea times).
This might help: