I know it’s easy to have false starts with new clubs. The good intentions are there, and they make it work for two or three meetings… but then it drops off. It really takes a special group of people to make it work – that, and a lot of perseverance.
I polled the girls, and here are the five things we think make a successful book club:
I don’t mean to toot my own horn here, but this is probably the most important ingredient in a successful book club. You need someone organizing, making decisions and in charge. Without a clear leader, things will get missed. Whoever it is should be authoritative (without being bossy), detail-oriented and a planner.
This is, quite honestly, why I think my book club is the very best. The members the most amazing women. We are different in every sense of the word, but fabulous in our individuality. We come from all walks of life, all beliefs and from all over the country. It makes for an awesome discussion. Our one thing in common? We’re smart, strong and really love food and wine.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but communications is key. Whether it’s an email chain, iPhone chat or whatever, you have to have a place for members to communicate about meetings, ideas, logistics etc. Another tip – avoid last-minute changes to meetings. People might not get the message in time.
This is super important for attendance. You need to pick a regular, predictable time for meetings. That way people know what to expect. It’s also really important to communicate this (and any changes) well in advance so people can plan ahead.
A few of the girls commented they love how open book club is – they feel free to say whatever they think or feel without being judged, and always have the opportunity to speak. It should be a respectful, thoughtful environment where members can speak their mind and discuss openly, regardless of their background or point of view.
And, let’s be honest… there’s one more thing that keeps the ladies coming back for more…
What’s your key to book club success?