How do I get started running a PeerSpectives table?
Contact us and see if it’s a good fit for you. When you’ve decided, you will receive a license and instructions to register for an upcoming facilitator training session. As soon as your signed license and payment are received, you can start recruiting participants for tables. You’ll receive a link to a licensee-only website that contains marketing best practices and operations materials. (One stipulation, you will need to complete training before actually running a roundtable.)
How much is a PeerSpectives license?
A one-year license is available for the following:
- Nonprofit organizations: $700
- For-profit organizations: $1,000
You may run an unlimited number of tables under a single license. Licenses are renewable annually at the above costs.
Where may I operate PeerSpectives roundtables?
You may identify a city, county, region within a state (e.g., “northeastern California”) or region within the country (e.g., “southwest United States”). You will be asked to define a territory for the license; however, these boundaries are generally flexible.
Licenses are nonexclusive, so other PeerSpectives providers may operate tables in the same territory. We will inform you of other licensees in your area before you sign or renew a license. Likewise, we will notify you if a new licensee enters your area. We encourage you to reach out to other licensees to collaborate. Examples:
- If you know of CEOs who want to form a table, contact an existing PeerSpectives licensee in your area to host a table for your group. It might not be necessary to obtain a license of your own.
- If you wish to serve as a facilitator for a certain group, contact an existing licensee to see if they will “host” your table under their license. You can be trained as a PeerSpectives facilitator under your own or someone else’s license.
How do I find roundtable members?
We hope you already have contact with potential members, because it is difficult to recruit members if you don’t have existing relationships with them. Other licensees report that lead generation lists are not fruitful.
If you don’t already have relationships with prospective members, we recommend you develop those relationships before signing a license.
How much should I charge?
We strongly encourage you to charge a fee to establish an explicit value for the service. Typically, fees are collected at enrollment for the entire year, and then renewed annually.
The specific price is entirely up to you. Fees have ranged from a low of $200 (where an organization subsidizes the cost heavily) to a high of $2,500 (if an organization provides add-on services and offers roundtable membership as part of a package). Many organizations charge $900 to $1,200 annually.
I want to offer a PeerSpectives table, but don’t have a facilitator. What should I do?
If you are with an organization, can you recruit a colleague to serve as a facilitator? Or, contact us to find trained facilitators in your area who may be willing to run your tables as an independent contractor. Even if you end up not facilitating an actual table, as a licensee, attend the facilitator training anyway; you will gain invaluable knowledge about the PeerSpectives process and be better able to market your tables.
I’m a trained PeerSpectives facilitator, but it’s not
feasible to own a license. Can I still run a table?
You can still practice your craft. Here are suggestions:
- Contact current licensees in your area to offer your services.
- Contact organizations that are a good fit for PeerSpectives and encourage them to operate a license; offer to serve as their facilitator.
- If we hear from a current licensee wishing to hire an independent facilitator, we may contact you.
Who should attend PeerSpectives facilitator training?
What people are saying ...
“PeerSpectives benefits our organization in a variety of ways. For one thing, it’s enabled me to get in front of people I might not see otherwise and introduce them to additional SBDC resources.
In addition, we partner with another organization, the Sheboygan Chamber of Commerce, to run PeerSpectives. There are a number of business owners and executives who don’t participate in other chamber activities, and PeerSpectives enables them to get value from their chamber membership.”
— Ryan Kauth, director of the Wisconsin SBDC at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay