You may already belong to a book club, or you may not have ever considered it, or you may recoil at the thought of it. I figured that starting one would be quite easy, I was a little naive. So putting a post in the blog is my way of asking you to give it a go.
You don’t have to:
- Have read the entire book
- Speak about it if you don’t want to
- Stand up and present what you have learnt
You could have:
- Read a chapter
- Listened to the blog posts about the book that we link in the invites
- Watched the author’s ted talks
- Read a summary book
I don’t mind, you see this is all part of growing the community. Sitting in a comfy place, having a cuppa, a wine or a pint surrounded by fellow HWCers could be the start of something. Something amazing, something rewarding.
You see combining an activity like reading into a community you are part of, helps to:
- Lower stress
- Increase social connections
- Refine your discussion techniques
- Instills knowledge and new learnings
- Promotes the growth of new brain cells
- Increases confidence
- Makes you laugh
- Is relaxing
- Get’s you out of the house, or away from your desk
“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal. You become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.” John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
Book clubs keep your brain sharp.
No matter what your age, reading helps keep your brain sharp. Discussing what you’ve read with others can challenge your understanding. Helping you make new connections that you may not have thought about before.
According to a 2016 study, reading a novel actually creates actual changes in the brain. Changes that linger for several days. Researchers used MRI imaging to examine the brains of people who read about 30 pages of the same novel each night for nine nights. Results showed that the morning after reading the novel pages, participants’ brains showed heightened connectivity which is the area associated with language.
“Books showed me there were possibilities in life, that there were actually people like me living in a world I could not only aspire to but attain. Reading gave me hope. For me, it was the open door.” Oprah Winfrey
Book clubs offer great stress relief.
This is your chance to sit back, relax, and talk about a good book.
You’re still doing something related to business. Yet you’re doing it in a way that’s relaxing and sociable at the same time. You’re stimulating your brain by talking about the book, but relaxing with friends in a stress-free environment (usually with yummy snacks!).
Book clubs encourage you to read more. According to a 2009 study, even just six minutes of reading can reduce stress levels by more than a two-thirds (68 percent)! And at least in this study, it seemed to work better and faster than listening to music, going for a walk, or having a nice cup of tea.
Lead researcher Dr. David Lewis stated; “Losing yourself in a book is the ultimate relaxation. This is particularly poignant in uncertain economic times when we are all craving a certain amount of escapism.”
Book clubs can boost your creative powers
Creativity is all about making new connections. As you listen to others’ opinions about the content. You are likely to think about things you wouldn’t have thought about before. Don’t be surprised if you leave the meeting completely inspired and invigorated.
The action of debating ideas brought up by the book also exercises your brain.
Book clubs can increase your confidence
As each month goes by you will get more comfortable with the discussion in your group. You’ll gain important practice on how to give voice to your ideas. How to help others understand your point of view. I know within both the Hampshire Wedding Club, and Ikonworks, this would improve my ability to talk to my couples. If nothing else, you can make lasting friendships talking about books, and that may be the best benefit of all.
A book club could be the ideal excuse to schedule some time into your busy schedule when you can focus on books, relaxing and colleagues. “People are busy, and it’s nice to know that you have a guaranteed chunk of time every couple of weeks to chill out and chat.
OMG, I actually liked it
You never know, there is a chance you will like the book. Making a little time to read 30 pages of a book, or listen to the audio chit chat whilst you are driving to and from school, a wedding, or a meeting. Do you have 30 minutes over a month to do this? Because that’s all it would take…
Its not not cool!
The cool thing about book clubs is that you can discover something amazing that may never hear learnt on your own. Someone may even shed light on a problem you have in your business through your discussion. 30 minutes, turned into a life saver, turned into a time saver. As my husband would say – JOB DONE!
You can find out what’s on in the book club, from the members home page. I double dare you to have a go and come along!