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How to create the most transformative meetings and moments

Being deprived of gathering has revealed just how important it is to us; to connect with others, collaborate, share ideas and create moving, life-affirming experiences.

At a time when coming together is more crucial than ever, Priya Parker sets forth a human-centered approach to gathering that can help everyone create meaningful, memorable experiences in their lives, large and small, for work and for play.

Drawing on her wide expertise as a facilitator of high-powered gatherings around the world, Parker takes us inside events of all kinds to show what works, what doesn’t, and why. She investigates a wide array of gatherings – a court hearing, a flash-mob party, an Arab-Israeli summer camp – and explains how simple changes can invigorate any group experience. The result is a book full of exciting ideas of real-world applications and one that will forever alter the way you look at your next business meeting, dinner party and garden barbecue.

‘Priya Parker has created both an art and a science to gathering in ways that can bring joy and fulfilment to any meeting’ Deepak Chopra

‘Hosts of all kinds, this is a must-read!’ Chris Anderson, creator of TED

‘A long overdue and urgent manifesto’ Seth Godin, New York Times bestselling author of This is Marketing

© Priya Parker 2018 (P) Penguin Audio 2022

Critics Review

  • As social animals, humans gather, meet, and bond-seeking meaning, purpose, creative expression, and more. In almost all cases this is an unconscious process leading to subtle frustration and a lack of satisfaction. For the last few years I’ve avoided social gatherings because I find them meaningless and banal. I learned much from this book. Priya Parker has created both an art and a science to gathering in ways that can bring joy and fulfillment to any meeting

    Deepak Chopra MD
  • [A] remarkable new book about how we spend our time together, at work, at home, and beyond. If you want to get more out of every event, whether it’s with your boss and co-workers or friends and family, The Art of Gathering can help

    Bustle
  • [A] fantastic book . . . . Good things happen when people connect. Especially when we follow Priya’s sage advice

    Forbes
  • Enthusiastically delivered formulas for better get-togethers… useful to those whose job it is to plan meetings, conferences, and the like and a worthy survival manual for consumers of the same

    Kirkus Reviews
  • A long overdue and urgent manifesto for anyone who has the temerity (and generosity) to organize the time and energy of a team in order to call a meeting

    Seth Godin
  • This clear and engaging book sets down many things you thought you knew, until you find yourself remembering that you did not attend to its simple rules at the last significant event you hosted…. A passion for successful encounters enlivens every page

    author of Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age and Alone Together

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