Each musochat has a host. The host chooses the topic, asks the questions, and guides the conversation by asking participants to expand on or clarify their answers.
How do you host a musochat?
- Choose a topic that interests you. It can be something you’re wrestling with, an area of personal curiosity or simply a good conversation starter.
- Sign up to host! Check for available dates, then submit a topic and preferred date.
- Get the word out. Write a brief blog (or other public-facing) post about your chosen topic, then share it with your friends and colleagues on Twitter with the hashtag #musochat! It is also good to tweet the day of and in the hour(s) leading up to musochat to energize Twitter for the chat.
- Think of a question. You can prepare 6-8 questions about the topic in advance, or start with one good question and come up with others as the discussion progresses. Please limit to 8 questions to allow time for discussion.
- Host the chat. Post your questions throughout the hour. Reach out to participants to help elicit explorations of answers you think can be examined further. Tag each question with a number (Q1, Q2, etc.) and #musochat. If the conversation leads you to think of new questions along the way, you can insert decimal questions as necessary (Q1.1, Q1.2, etc.).
- Don’t answer your own questions. The spirit of musochat is to seek answers for honest questions and observe the variety of responses. Answering your own questions will limit your ability to hear the full variety of responses and experiences of the group. Instead, engage in discussion with the participants and discover what comes to light.
- Finish up with a call for new hosts, like this: Learn more about #musochat, sign up to host, and more –> musochat.com
We’d love to hear your voice! Sign up to host 🙂