How to host your own salon

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Think about space How much room have you got for peo­ple to sit com­fort­ably? A nice full room cre­ates a buzz, but too many peo­ple makes the space seem squashed. Where will you po­si­tion food and drink? It needs to be ac­ces­si­ble with­out dis­rupt­ing speak­ers.

Check, one, two If you’re not meet­ing in a house or flat, but in a pub or an­other bor­rowed venue, it’s worth check­ing your speak­ers can be heard with­out a mi­cro­phone.

Be the cu­ra­tor What do you want your salon to look like and who speaks? It could be that you’re a group of friends and you all share, or that each of you brings an in­ter­est­ing per­son to speak.

Choose a theme This will help an evening hang to­gether. Keep it broad to al­low for in­ter­pre­ta­tion and cre­ativ­ity. You can ei­ther go ab­stract – new or lost, for ex­am­ple – or con­crete – top­ics such as hol­i­days or school.

Play the host Be­yond serv­ing food and drink, you’ll need to in­tro­duce the event (or ask some­one else to): thank peo­ple for com­ing, set out the theme of talks, and de­scribe the shape of the evening – how many speak­ers there are, when breaks will be – so that guests know what to ex­pect. Then just see where the night takes you.

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