The Solopreneur Peer 2 Peer group focuses on technology-focused Solopreneurs in our community – people who work alone, “solo,” running their business single-handedly. A valuable forum where hi-tech Solopreneurs in our community can learn, grow, and seek peer advice. Learn more >
Think You Might Want To Launch A Peer2Peer Group?
We’re looking for leaders to help establish new Peer2Peer groups that they feel will bring value to their peers. We are only constrained by our imagination on the types and unique format of each P2P. Get started here. Together we will grow a high tech cluster in Halton. There are three steps to launching a Peer2Peer Group: Come up with a great idea and find others who share it; Set a date & find a location; and Launch the first P2P meeting!. Do you have a great idea for a P2P? – The easiest way to start and find others who share in your idea, is to launch a discussion in the Silicon Halton LinkedIn private group here. Have more questions, email us, we’re happy to help you launch your P2P. Still have Questions? – Keeping the above three high-level steps in mind, read the FAQ below which answers most common questions.
What’s an example of a P2P group? Areas of Technology: Big Data, Software Developers, iOS developers, and Agile methodologies Member segments: Women in Tech, Startup CEO, HR, Solopreneurs and CIO I have an idea. How do I find if there are members with a similar interest? Speak to other members at a meetup. Launch a LinkedIn discussion and ask if there is interest. Once you have enough interest and commitment from the members (you can launch with as few as 5 members), set a first date & time. How often do they meet? Each P2P will typically meet once / month on a day/time of the initial group’s choosing. For example, the 3rd Tuesday of the month. Groups can meet monthly 12 months of the year, or take the summer off, or meet 4x per year. The P2P group decides. Where do we meet? Anywhere you want in Halton. A meeting room at someone’s office, a coffee shop, restaurant / bar, Sheridan College are a few examples of suitable locations. Usually you’re looking for space that will accommodate 10-15 people, has electricity & wireless, will accommodate a project & screen (if needed) and has access to refreshments. The best locations are those that offer a private or semi private area so your meeting is not disturbed. Oft times a business will donate their boardroom. The facilitator of the meeting owns identifying and reserving the space. This is best done 1 month prior, ideally 6 weeks prior. Who runs the P2P? The P2P can be ran by one member who is passionate about the topic. It’s advantageous to balance the load, have someone to fall back on if work beckons. You can have co-leaders or rotate the lead for each meeting.
How much effort does it take? Our experience is it takes <1hr / month, spread over the month, to coordinate items captured in this doc to keep the P2P reoccuring from month to month. Best practice is to share the coordination with another member, or rotate between the members. For each P2P, you need to arrange the following:
- Coordinate & reserve a location
- Coordinate a projector & screen (if needed)
- Communicate to the members
- Ensure upcoming dates, times, and locations are published to the Silicon Halton Events page. You want members to be able to find you.
- Launch a discussion item per P2P meeting in the LinkedIn group. This discussion item will inform the members of the next topic and allows for discussion ahead (and following) the next P2P. Cool eh?
- Ensure the description of P2P description page on Silicon Halton is kept up-to-date
- The bios of the members running P2P may be listed on the P2P description page.
How long does a P2P meeting last? 90min seems to be the sweet spot. If the P2P runs in the early morning (e.g. 8am), this gives members an opportunity to get back to their “day job”. P2P meetings that run in the evening (e.g. 7pm) may have a 90min agenda, but allow for open discussion or networking afterwards. What happens at the first P2P meeting? The best practice at the inaugural P2P is:
- Kick off with round table introductions
- Review the purpose of the P2P
- Brainstorm future topics and/or potential presenters (invariably you’ll start to dive deep into some topics)
- Select one of the topics for the next P2P meeting
- Confirm date & time for next P2P.
You’re done. That was easy, right? What do we name the P2P? Good question. To foster the community tie-in, broaden Silicon Halton’s reach and thereby growing the local tech community, we brand them “Silicon Halton <name> P2P” group. You decide the <name>. What does it cost? Target “free” to eliminate any barriers to entry. Target free venues where the members buy their own refreshments / meals. Target free presenters (if you’re using presenters). How do I make money at this? We follow the “pay it forward” model.
Share. A lot of valueable information will be shared during each meetup. Information that you may wish to share with the community. We encourage this. Sharing the good nuggets is powerful way to greatly extend the longevity of the learned information. This sharing could take the format of bullet-points added to a LinkedIn discussion thread, tweets, or a brief blog post on SiliconHalton.com. You decide.