I recently finished off a pilot of 4 book circles with a large financial institution based in the US, with offices across the globe. In total, there were 37 employees who participated in the pilot.
The feedback wasn't all roses and unicorns, but here are some of the unicorns that crossed my path:
"Any book club would be educational, but Theresa's sessions were really dynamic and embracing. She has an excellent moderating skill and provides a well-balanced perspective. I would really love to have her lead the next book club and cannot wait to sign up for the upcoming book sessions!"
"Thank you very much, Theresa, for creating a safe and friendly space for us to learn and grow."
"I felt Theresa did an outstanding job of facilitating these sessions. I enjoyed the experience, learned new perspectives, met new people, and felt I walked away with some meaningful experiences that I will carry with me."
"The sessions were interactive and simulating. It wasn't all lecture or all sharing, but a good mix of book content and ensuing discussions. Theresa was a skilled organizer and knew how to utilize breakout rooms and facilitate discussions to make them interesting all the time."
"Meeting new colleagues across the globe in different job functions & cultures, having 1:1 breakout discussions and group discussions about the subject matter, having chats with my learning partner. Theresa shared resources after each meeting that I went on to share/use with my own teams as a leader."
My goal in hosting book circles is NOT to train you in a subject matter, nor to host a general discussion of the ideas.
My goal is to create a DEEPER reading experience, where you aren't stuck in your head, but you are feeling things with your heart.
It takes being vulnerable and uncomfortable, but that's where the magic happens and the growth occurs.
Do you think they'll ask for me to come back?
Originally posted on LinkedIn
Read Deeper Not Faster
I am Theresa Destrebecq (I dare you to try to pronounce it...)