Last updated: September 20, 2023
Are you a member of a book club but struggling to keep up with the pile of books you still need to read?
Book clubs often struggle to keep members engaged. The initial enthusiasm tends to fizzle out, leaving participants with an ever-growing stack of unread novels.
But what if there was a simpler, more engaging alternative?
Enter an article club, a concept gaining traction for its efficiency and accessibility.
In this article, we’ll get into the benefits of article clubs and provide a step-by-step guide on how to start one with your friends.
Why You Should Listen to Me: My name is Nick Gray. I’ve hosted hundreds of meetups all over the world. After making it a habit, I can easily host a gathering and make new friends with no sweat. New York Magazine once called me a host of “culturally significant” parties.
Advantages vs Book Club
Article clubs offer several advantages over traditional book clubs; they’ve become a popular choice for individuals with busy schedules and a penchant for staying informed.
Let’s explore the unique benefits that make article clubs a great alternative:
- Easier to Read: Unlike books, articles are typically shorter and more focused. They are designed to convey information in a summary format.
- Less Responsibility: There’s less pressure to finish an entire book. Participants can read it in one sitting.
- Exciting Current Events: Articles often address contemporary topics, providing fresh and relevant discussion material.
- A Haven for News Junkies: For those who love staying informed, an article club is a perfect fit. It satisfies the craving for knowledge without the commitment of a full-length book.
- Simple to Understand: Articles are typically written in a more straightforward style compared to some books. This makes them accessible to a wider audience, including those who may not be avid readers.
Starting Your Own Article Club
Now that you’re intrigued by the idea of an article club, it’s time to take the initiative and start one of your own.
Reach Out to Friends
- Text your friends with a simple message, like this:
“I want to do a meetup. We all read 1 article or essay. Then we meet and talk about it. If I do it, would you come?”
- The key is to get at least three people to commit.
Selecting the Article
- Choose an article that aligns with the interests and preferences of your peer group.
- Consider the length and complexity to ensure it’s manageable for everyone.
Set a Date and Time
- Opt for a Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday evening for about an hour.
- This provides a comfortable time frame for discussion without overwhelming participants.
Send Out RSVP Page
- Reach out to the individuals who confirmed their attendance.
- Ask them to RSVP to ensure you have an accurate headcount.
Sending Reminder Messages
- Leading up to the event, send friendly reminders and include links to the chosen articles.
- This ensures everyone has ample time to read and prepare their thoughts.
During the Event
With your article club’s foundation laid and participants engaged, it’s time to shift our focus to the heart of the experience—the actual event.
Be prepared and print out a few copies of the article in case someone hasn’t had the chance to read it. This ensures everyone can actively participate in the discussion.
As a host, you should facilitate the discussion. Encourage open dialogue and ask thought-provoking questions. Consider jotting down some bullet points to guide the conversation.
Article clubs offer a refreshing alternative to traditional book clubs, providing a platform for engaging discussions without the hefty time commitment.
By selecting relevant and accessible articles, you can foster a stimulating environment for learning and sharing ideas.
Remember to do these things:
- Reach out to your friends
- Select your article
- Set a date and time
- Send out RSVP page
- Send reminder messages
- Have fun!
So why not give it a try with your friends? Start your own article club and enjoy the benefits of this dynamic approach to intellectual exchange.
Hello, My name is Nick Gray. In my book, The 2-Hour Cocktail Party, I provide helpful guidance on how to host a great party for any event. I wrote this book to support anyone attempting to meet new people and develop closer bonds with their community.
When is your party? Send me an email and I will give you some bonus tips, including a pre-party checklist that you can print out. Plus I’ll answer any question you have, free of charge. I love talking about parties and I’m on a mission to help 500 people host their first party.