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Question: Our firm just started a book club in January. We decided to read one book per quarter. It's August already, and getting people to join the teleconference recently for the SECOND book was comparable to pulling teeth.

I was not the person who started this club, but I certainly hate to see it end before it's had a chance to succeed. So, if any of you have ever had a successful book club in your firm, could you please share your ideas and I'll pass them on and see if they can work for us, too.

Thanks in advance for any and all suggestions.  -- Gwen


Unfortunately, it's often difficult to pull people away from their work during working hours. For that reason, the book club I'm in has our meetings every 6 weeks immediately after work at a nearby restaurant. At the conclusion of each meeting we vote on the next book selection, as well as the restaurant location. This has become an enjoyable way for coworkers to get together and discuss something other than work, and we also favor the opportunity to try out new restaurants at the same time. We've been going strong for over 3 years now, and with great success.

Gwen - since it appears you club is on a voluntary basis I would say that you have no control. Our office of five including the president meets every other Monday to discuss various projects and general business. We have gone through several books, usually a chapter per meeting; however, these were mandatory. Good luck - I've recommend this to our IAAP chapter, no bites yet.

I'm assuming your group is more formal than informal in that you mention teleconferencing it rather than a casual meeting over someone's home or restaurant. Some things to consider: Is your discussion group an open forum or do you have a set of questions to follow and answer as one reads the book? Consider who your moderator is. Can he/she lead or fascilitate well. What are the selections? Do they meet with a certain criteria? Do you present a scehudle to follow, such as, when to have a certain number of chapters read. These are just thoughts. I work for a Radio station that's owned and operated by Moody Bible Institute. One of our network programs hosts a book discussion, moderated by one of the Institutes professors. If you go to and scroll down to book club, you'll get a glimpse of what we do. Annette

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