The Power of Small Group Conversations


Over the past few years, small group events have become a growing trend within the Deacon Club and our membership population. Primarily member-hosted, we have seen events held in members’ homes, offices, country clubs and favorite restaurants, just to name a few.

Proven to be multifaceted in the benefits they provide, it has been amazing to see firsthand the effects these types of gatherings can have. Not only do they provide the chance for us to meet new individuals who are passionate about Wake Forest Athletics, but these get-togethers also allow current and prospective Deacon Club members to connect with one another and form bonds over their common interests and ideas.

Last year alone, 63 Deacon Club events were held, many of which were small group based. With that said, we are already well on track to surpass that number in the current year. As we look ahead, especially for those who may be considering hosting an event, I’d like to share a new University initiative with you—Call to Conversation.

The Call to Conversation movement was introduced by the University and launched earlier this fall within select groups. The concept involves a trained moderator leading a small group through a thoughtful conversation on a pre-determined topic. The face-to-face interaction, which typically occurs over dinner or another meal, promotes diverse, eloquent and energizing conversation that helps create relationships and build community.

While this program is still in its infancy, witnessing the overwhelmingly positive response from those who want to get involved, in addition to the meaningful feedback provided by those who have participated in one of the initial gatherings, has truly been incredible. From a personal standpoint, I have been lucky enough to attend a few Call to Conversation events, serving as both a moderator and participant. While each perspective offered a different experience, I’m grateful for what I took away from each opportunity.

I’ve found that one of the most unique things about Call to Conversation is that, no matter who is sitting around the table with you—whether it’s someone you’ve known for years or someone you just met that day—you are guaranteed to learn something about them you wouldn’t have known otherwise, which allows you to connect on a deeper level.

It’s difficult to put into words what it’s like to participate in a Call to Conversation, while capturing its true essence, but I can assure you that it is a special experience. If you are interested in learning more, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. I would also encourage you to visit the Call to Conversation webpage at to learn more and see what others are saying about this new initiative.

Go Deacs!

(Please note: This article was originally published in the December 2017 issue of Gold Rush.)