I love arranging get-togethers for folks who’ll enjoy talking.
It’s been my all-consuming hobby pretty much since the day I left home for college, in 1986.
“The best lunch date of my life. We were there for two-and-a-half hours but could easily have stayed for five.”
…after the get-together I arranged for her and the
author of For Better or for Work, Meg Hirshberg.
Why I do it.
Basically, I can’t help myself. I inherited the hobby, genetically, from my mom. Her profession was writing — often about friendship — and her pastime was gathering compatible people who’d enjoy talking.
Being a kid in our house, for my sister and me, was like being a junior organizer at a perpetual gab festival.
How I figure out who’ll enjoy talking.
It’s a process of determining, mostly by intuition, which folks have complimentary personalities and at least one deep, shared interest.
Then I take that info and arrange a conversation-spurring get-together I hope they’ll get a kick out of!
I found out that a food-curious, art-loving writer friend of mine was visiting Denver. So I arranged for her to meetup with a local writer friend with a complimentary personality and similar interests. On top of that, both of them were in the midst of publishing their first books.