Thursday, November 29, 2007
Organize Your Own New Year's List Slam
A List Slam is like a Poetry Slam, but instead of reading poetry, people read their lists, to-do and otherwise. I’ve organized two List Slams in the last month, and I’m planning two more in January timed with the New Year and resolutions. (January 8, 7:30, at Modern Times Bookstore and January 10, 7 pm, at Red Hill Books, in San Francisco.) I ask people to bring a list to share, and offer people the chance to write lists on the spot as well. People read on everything from Things to Do Before Moving to Santa Barbara to 10 Things No One Knew About Me Before Tonight.
The List Slams been way more entertaining and fun than I expected, which is why I want to offer you the tips and tools to host your own List Slam. Especially timed with the New Year, since I think there’s something particular fun about sharing our meta to-do lists.
Here are some tips:
* Choose a venue. It could be a café, a bar, student center, or home.
* Invite people. Facebook is very effective for events these days.
* Make signs such as "List Shrine" for people to tack up their lists.
* Make a "List-Writing Station" for people to make impromptu lists.
* Make a sign-up sheet and ask people who want to read to sign up.
* Let people read lists on anything they want, but invite them to make it timely and seasonal: Resolutions for the New Year, love lists for February 14.
* Be creative and share your own inspiration/tips in the comments.
As a bonus: If YOU are interested in hosting a New Year's List Slam, send me your event information. The first fifteen people who have a plan to hold a List Slam can sign up to get a free copy of To-Do List to share with people who attend.
The deadline for signing up to host in order to get a free book is December 15. Send your plan and your mailing address to todolistblog AT gmail.com. If you are one of the first fifteen I’ll let you know and we’ll get a book out to you.