Sample Party Agenda

Here is a Sample Party Agenda to be used as a guide:

Welcome (15 minutes)

  • Welcome guests and share a few personal thoughts
  • Ask each person to introduce themselves by sharing their name and why they came
  • Briefly share the agenda for the evening
  • Introduce the recommended agreements for the discussion

Sample Agreements for Conversation

  • Open-mindedness: listen to and respect all points of view
  • Acceptance: suspend judgement as best you can
  • Curiosity: seek to understand rather than to persuade
  • Discovery: question old assumptions, look for new insights
  • Sincerity: speak for yourself and from your own experiences
  • Brevity: go for honesty and depth, but don’t go on and on

Listen to Segments of CD (10 minutes)

  • Hand out index cards and pencil/pen to each person if they wish to take notes
  • Invite each person to jot down their ideas, reactions, and reflection while listening to stories
  • Play the introduction to the CD and three of your favorite tracks

Dialogue in Pairs (5 minutes)

  • Invite participants to pair-up and quickly share their main impressions with their partner

Large Group Discussion (10 minutes)

  • Reconvene as a large group
  • Invite each pair to share their discussion

Listen to an Additional Three Tracks (10 minutes)

Large Group Discussion (10 minutes)

Ask a StoryCorps Question (15 minutes)

  • Invite each pair to ask each other a favorite StoryCorps question

Here are some of our favorite questions you may want to suggest:

  • When did you first fall in love?
  • What are you most proud of?
  • What have you learned in life?
  • What was the happiest moment of your life? The saddest?
  • Do you have any regrets?
  • What does your future hold?
  • Is there something about yourself that you think no one knows?
  • How would you like to be remembered?

Take Action: Keep the storytelling tradition alive (20 minutes)

  • Discuss how you might make a listening a conscious part of your life and your holiday traditions.

Here are some ideas:

  • Do you own StoryCorps-type interview iwth a family member of friend
  • Play a portion of Listening on your own CD recording as part of a holiday celebration
  • Host regular Listening events at each other’s homes, your place of worship, community center, etc.

We’re sure you and your guests will come up with many more ideas?both formal and informal.

Closing (10 minutes)

  • Invite your guests to share their thoughts and reflections about the gathering
  • Take a group picture
  • Thank everyone for coming

Eat & Continue the Conversation! Enjoy!

By joining a discussion about Listening Is an Act of Love, you and your guests have essentially joined a revolution

Each week, the StoryCorps podcast shares these unscripted conversations, revealing the wisdom, courage, and poetry in the words of people you might not notice walking down the street.