Roundtables

OVERVIEW:

Each Boston SPIN meeting begins with two roundtable discussions that facilitate an open exchange of information among members. The discussions literally take place around a round table, typically with ten to fifteen people.

One of the roundtables is a technical discussion, while the other is an informal “needs and leads” employment networking session. Both roundtables are excellent for developing new professional contacts.

All are welcome to attend any scheduled roundtable. No reservation is needed. Roundtables begin at 6:00 pm, and end shortly before the 7:00pm start of the main Boston SPIN meeting.

Basic Guidelines for Roundtables:

  • Please try to begin between 6:10 and 6:15 P.M.
  • The topic for the Technical Discussion Rountable will be posted to a whiteboard/flipchart at the beginning of the meeting
  • At the start of the meeting, participants should select a facilitator to moderate the discussion, along with one or more people to take notes of the key points made during the discussion.
  • The facilitator does not need to be a “subject matter expert”.
  • It is a good idea to ask participants to introduce themselves at the beginning. (People may trickle in after the start time; encourage them to join the discussion.)
  • Encourage participants to ask questions and to share their own experiences.
  • Capture the ideas discussed (a flip chart is provided). At the conclusion of the discussion somone should take pictures of the notes taken and forward them on to the participants and to a SPIN representitive so it can potentially be published on the website
  • Please wrap up the roundtable a little before 7 P.M. to allow participants to get settled for the speaker.