What are your thoughts on guest hosts?

Rayne Millaray Rayne Millaray
Hey you guys!

So, I was sitting around trying to think of ways to give you guys more control over what goes on in EdenKink. Despite the topic polls, I feel like a big ol' dictator running all the meetings, and calling all the shots. This isn't my club, it's our club. And I want to be sure it feels that way for you guys too.

The first idea I have is guest hosts. A guest host differs from a guest speaker in that the speaker's focus is discussing their opinion and experience, while the host's focus is keeping the conversational ball rolling. A discussion with a guest speaker is centered around the speaker, while a discussion run by a host is centered around the topic.

Guest hosts can host discussion nights or workshops. Discussion nights only require an abstract knowledge of the topic, since they're meant to be a time for everyone to express their own opinion. Workshops, however, require a direct knowledge of the topic, since they're meant to be instructions.

I'm torn on how, exactly, to handle the rest, so I'll leave that up to you. We can continue to do topic polls for discussion nights, or we can let the guest host choose what they'd like to talk about.

As for workshops, they'll be on a voluntary basis, for now, until I get to know you guys a little better, and learn what you're proficient in. Feel free to email me (rayne-AT-edenfantasys -DOT-com) if you've got an idea for a workshop you'd like to run.

What do you guys think? Would you want to guest host? Leave any thoughts you have here, or email me with them, and drop me a line if you're interested in guest hosting a meeting. Thanks!
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
Guest hosts are a great idea!
13
Let them pick the topic.
8
Keep doing the topic polls.
13
I dunno about the whole guest host thing. Maybe?
18
Yeah, not liking the guest host thing at all.
I'd love to guest host. Expect an email from me!
1
Total votes: 53 (36 voters)
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01/28/2012
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Kitka Kitka
I think the guest host idea is great but perhaps keep doing the topic polls and then find someone interested to guest host that topic for the night. It could work, I think.
01/28/2012
Serenesub Serenesub
Quote:
Originally posted by Kitka
I think the guest host idea is great but perhaps keep doing the topic polls and then find someone interested to guest host that topic for the night. It could work, I think.
That or have the host give a number of topics they're interested in, and we could all pick from the topics. If they don't have anything they're interested in then just do another poll like we have been. I'm sure there are some people that want a specific topic ...maybe that could be case by case chosen by Rayne or maybe put it up for group approval. So many options.
01/28/2012
snuggly snuggly
I think it could work
01/28/2012
punkstar283 punkstar283
Quote:
Originally posted by Rayne Millaray
Hey you guys!

So, I was sitting around trying to think of ways to give you guys more control over what goes on in EdenKink. Despite the topic polls, I feel like a big ol' dictator running all the meetings, and calling all the shots. This ... More
maybe
01/28/2012
Rayne Millaray Rayne Millaray
You guys are awesome. If you have any other ideas that would help enhance the club or the meetings feel free to let me know. We'll work out a plan and then put it to the group.
01/30/2012
Serenesub Serenesub
*Raises hand* I have a topic I'd maybe like to do if this goes through. I'm not quite certain if it's enough for a whole meeting though.
02/02/2012
Dusk Dusk
I think guest hosting would be a lot of fun!
02/11/2012
Sir Sir
I'd do a guest hosting. Not sure what on, though.
06/16/2012
starklover starklover
maybe
06/28/2012
Total posts: 10
Unique posters: 8