A roundtable or a community roundtable is an interactive session for all community members to join and discuss almost anything. The role of a community manager is to facilitate a highly interactive session that allows people to open up, talk about their ideas, and figure out solutions to problems together.
Why should you organize roundtables in your community?
- It’s an open discussion where everyone is given an equal opportunity to speak.
- Great way to brainstorm ideas or dig deeper into topics that needs resolutions.
- Varying perspectives are an amazing source for knowledge sharing and exchange.
- Provides an opportunity for networking and for members to know each other better. A deeper bond leads to deeper engagement.
Some best practices to keep in mind while organizing a roundtable -
- Set up an agenda or dedicate time limits for discussions. Introductions and working projects followed by problems and then presented solutions.
- Limit the size. You need to have the right amount of people in the conversation because too little will lead to a rather flat conversation and too many might be chaotic.
- Have facilitators ensure the conversation goes smoothly.
- You can even have a guest speaker if the content is discussion is relevant to them or if they are an expert in the subject.