By Patricia L. Fitzgerald, Editor 2014-03-27 07:14:21
What Page Are You On? I love to read. (This is not uncommon among those of us who deal in words for a living.) I love magazines, novels, classic literature, plays, web articles, travel books, self-help and spirituality guides, even the occasional biography or memoir. If I won the shopping spree of my dreams, I’d head straight for Barnes & Noble. While reading is largely a solitary practice, it’s an experience made much sweeter when shared. Most readers like to talk about what we’ve read—how did it make us feel, could we relate, was it funny, did it move us, what did we learn? This is a fundamental that has driven the proliferation of book clubs and online discussion groups for years. In fact, I co-lead a book club at SNA Headquarters; since April 2002, we have read and discussed more than 115 books! Since we work together each day, we check in with one another on progress, sharing reflections along the way, and can focus our lunchtime discussion solely on the book at hand, rather than be distracted by socializing. Roughly a dozen staffers participate regularly, and it’s been such an enjoyable experience that four former employees continue to participate long-distance, sending their comments by e-mail. Most of us long-timers have had our literary horizons broadened over the course of 100+ books. Each of us can point to more than one that we greatly enjoyed (and subsequently recommended to friends and family) that we never would have picked up on our own. Plus, our book club allows us to get to know coworkers from other departments. I highly recommend starting a workplace reading club—and if you don’t consider yourself a regular reader, you have the perfect tool for getting started in your hands right now! Over the years, I’ve heard about some cafeteria teams that use this magazine as the foundation for a monthly discussion group. There are different ways to try this. Everyone can read the issue from cover to cover, and then come together for 20 or 30 minutes at the end of the month to share what stood out, good ideas to try, tips, the recipe that intrigues you the most and so on. Maybe you assign just one or two articles to your team for future discussion. Perhaps you divide up the issue and ask each person to summarize what they read for the rest of the group. Or use the magazine as something of a launch pad, moving on to selecting books about team-building, leadership or self-esteem. Does this idea sound intriguing? Already have such a group in place—for professional reading or for fun? Either way, I’d love to hear about it! Share your reading group experiences—and your favorite reads—with me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Read on!
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