Guidelines for Book Discussion

“The human race tends to remember the abuses to which it has been subjected rather than the endearments. What's left of kisses? Wounds, however, leave scars.” ― Bertolt Brecht

To keep our conversations positive for everyone, please put these guidelines into practice.

1. Come to the discussion group to exchange ideas, not to expound upon your own pre-conceived viewpoint.

2. Practice courtesy and respect in the way you speak to others, even when challenging an idea or opinion.

3. Confine your comments to the book and its immediate sphere of related topics. We want to know what you think about the book that we have all just read.

4. Feel free to share information or perspectives gleaned from other sources if it is on topic, adds to the discussion, and is brief.

5. Avoid flaunting your knowledge for its own sake. Lecturing is not discussion.

6. Give others a chance to speak and really listen to the other participants.

7. Contribute to the conversation in a way that develops a theme that the group is exploring together. Don’t cut short or divert an ongoing conversation to suit your personal agenda.

8. Don’t rely on volume to make your point.

9. We are a social group, so it is perfectly okay to attend if you haven’t finished reading the book. Listening and asking questions adds to the richness of our dialogue.

10. Have fun! Laugh at yourself and laugh with others.

Thank you to Bill Baker, author of the "Ten Commandments of Great Books Discussion Groups," from which these guidelines were adapted.

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Guidelines for Book Discussion July 13, 2014 8:38 AM anonymous
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