If it wasn’t clear already, I am a nerd both at work and in my downtime. So, when the idea of drink, talk, learn parties came my way, I knew I had to plan one.
The point of one of these parties is to learn, share, have fun, and enjoy the evening. I wanted it to be super inviting and low pressure while still making some structure. So, here’s what I did:
- A few weeks out, invited people and laid out the plan. We used Google slides so transitions were nice and smooth, this worked well.
- Lots of reminders and nudges along the way
- Each person had 3-5 minutes, and anyone who didn’t want to present had to judge
- There was one overall favourite that everyone voted on, but the other prizes and categories were selected by the judges
- I had lots of prizes, snacks and beverages, and we just set up in my living room
- Have a fairly strict start time and tell people it’s strict!
It was a lot of fun. We had talks on conspiracies, chemistry of smells, Kant, history of PowerPoint, and the Vancouver housing crisis.
If you do this, plan to do the first talk and help with tech. After about 5 talks, take a break. Have a timer visible to the speakers!
This was a great way to introduce people who hadn’t met before and it really got the conversation going afterwards. I would definitely do another!
Is this something you might do in the future? I want to hear from you!