These one-time events are an opportunity to get practical and imaginative help from network members immediately. It’s perfect for people tackling a challenge or new project to get a bit of insight from peers who have useful perspectives or who have done the same thing before. Each event has an “assistee” who shares a challenge, a “facilitator” who keeps the process on track and on time, and 6-9 “peers” who share their thoughts.
They tend to be most beneficial when the assistee has a clear purpose and can clearly articulate that to participants. What decision do you face?
I’ve been using peer assists both with local peers, as we support one another through our network-building challenges and with NEWHAB. I’ve found multiple benefits, beyond helping people find new solutions in their work.
- It’s an accessible way for people to practice network skills like listening and seeing everyone as a leader.
- Peers report gaining new insight of their own.
- All participants build relationships with one another.
- And all participants give something — a challenge, some time, some ideas — starting an economy of intellectual reciprocity in the network.
How have you used a peer-assist? How would you change the guide?