The Art of Gathering 5: Never Start a Funeral with Logistics — Book Notes
Here are my notes from the “The Art of Gathering- 5: Never Start a Funeral with Logistics” by Priya Parker.
What do you actually do at the start of your event?
- Prime your guests/attendees before the event.
- Sow in guests any special behaviors you want to blossom right at the onset of the event
- Create slightly interesting invitations
- Ask them to perform a tasks that isn’t hard and gets them in the mood
- A gathering is a social contract. It is an understanding between the hosts and guests.
- What am I willing to give physically, psychologically, financially, emotionally and otherwise in return for what I expect to receive.
- The name of your event is part of the priming process. Put the name in the invitation. Send info and be explicit with what you want of them.
- Ushering — Manage their transition into the gathering. Avid unfilled, unseized time between guest arrival and the formal bell ringing.
- Passageways and Doorways — Views these as opportunities to transition the guests into a new world.
- Psychological Thresholds- Light a candle, make a welcome announcement. Pass out a special beverage.
- Launching — Seat guests with a purpose. Amplify what you purpose is.
- Bar housekeeping from your opening
- The opening should be kind, pleasant and a sort of shock therapy
- It should awe and honor them. They should feel totally welcomed and grateful to be there.
- Fuse people together. Make people great each other.