Book clubs can be a great way for people to learn more about a subject or concept–if they are designed with that in mind. Unfortunately, many book clubs are poorly designed and lead to entrenched habitual thinking.
“How so”, you might wonder? When book clubs ask what people liked and disliked about a book, or what parts seem relevant or irrelevant for their context, it’s very subjective to biases. We are bombarded with information, there’s a lot going on at our workplace and in our lives, and thus it becomes difficult to fully grasp the concepts described in books, particularly the more abstract they are. And any evaluation people give of a book is then based on an inadequate understanding.
In the past, I’ve written about how interactive/experiential book clubs help people better learn about abstract concepts in books by turning them into practical and concrete exercises, and on this page you’ll find practical, hands-on book club facilitation guides that I’ve written. They contain outlines, suggested exercises with instructions, templates etc. I release 1-2 new book club guides per year, if you’d like to be informed when I release new guides, register below.