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Who should attend PeerSpectives facilitator training?

Individuals who seek professional development but don’t plan to run roundtables.
 Individuals responsible for marketing and recruiting roundtable members can also benefit.
First-year licenses include training for one person; additional individuals or those wanting a refresher in subsequent years may attend for $300 each.

What does PeerSpectives facilitator training involve?

Training is held at the foundation’s Big Rock Valley retreat center. Sessions run for two nights and three days and are offered twice yearly.

Day 1

Guests arrive between 3 and 5 pm. A light dinner is served at 5:30 pm. Training begins with introductions and an orientation at 6 p.m. and runs through 9:30 pm. Included is a look at second-stage companies, and the qualities you should be aware of when offering services to them. Depending on weather, either a campfire or indoor fireplace is set up for networking. This interaction is encouraged to make the most of your peers.

Day 2

The PeerSpectives protocol is examined in detail. Learning is conducted through videos, presentations and practice in small groups and individually. Again, either a campfire (weather permitting) or indoor fireplace is available for post-session networking.

Day 3

The training culminates in a final practice session. Each participant performs the role of facilitator using a roundtable case study and receives feedback. Training ends at noon.

Throughout the training, attendees participate in small and large group discussions as well as experiential exercises.

The foundation’s facilitator training retreat was excellent. I’ve been exposed to a lot of formal training in the past, so my bar is set pretty high, but I was really impressed. You walk away armed not just with theories but also a bag of tools to help you be more successful as a facilitator. It’s like learning to hit a home run rather than just getting a base hit.

— Karl Jones, principal of Organizational Insight in Missoula, Montana