World-renowned author and negotiation facilitator Priya Parker grew up shuttling between her mother’s Indian, liberal, incense-filled Buddhist-Hindu-New Age household and her father’s American, meat-eating, conservative, climate-denying one. Not surprisingly, she never knew exactly where she belonged. Parker channeled that childhood discomfort into a powerful mission: to make people experience a sense of belonging. Parker’s recent book author of The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters, focuses on what makes people in groups make meaningful connections, whether at a dinner party or a wedding or peace talks. One hint: the answer isn’t the food. On this episode of Speaking Broadly, Parker reveals her methods to ensure both engagement and delight. Listen in to hear more about creating (and naming) an event with a purpose, embracing exclusion to maintain deeper relationships and so much more.


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