Join / Form Peer Learning Group
One of the most powerful and low-cost (even free) sources of
help is a peer learning group. You might join a current group
or form your own group — often, it’s much easier than you think.
Members in a group are considered to be peers because each
is equal in helping themselves and others to share ongoing support,
feedback, materials and accountability to get things done –and
learn at the same time.
Group members can meet face-to-face or by means of telecommunications
(via phone, email, Web, etc.). Also, members often can schedule
their own meetings and where those meetings will be held.
The format and process used by the peer group depends on the
purpose of the group, whether it be for goal attainment, problem
solving, training, support or networking. For example, peer groups
might be discussion groups, study groups or peer coaching groups.
Often, the best groups are small in size (6-10 members), keep
has the same members in each meeting, use a standard agenda, and
meet for a few hours at least once a month. Someone from outside
the group can be assigned to facilitate or all groups members
can take responsibility for facilitating. Some groups might decide
to have a different group member facilitate each meeting.
The following links are to additional resources about peer
learning, including about the many benefits, where you can learn
more, how to choose the best program, some organizations that
provide peer learning programs, and materials from which you could
form your own peer learning group.
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Form Your Own Peer Group
To form your own group, first think about the purpose or application
of the group. Usually, there are two major different kinds of
1) Those where all members learn about the same topic or skill
(training groups), for example, around a common topic in the Free
2) Those where members address the same problem/goal or each addresses
their own (coaching groups). For example, Tom works on strategic
planning, Susan works on time management, Jack works on career
In a training group, you would gather any 6-8 people who are
interested in the same topic or skill. In a coaching group, you
would gather 6-8 people, ideally who have similar roles or positions
in their life and/or work.
To Find People in Your Locale (for Face-to-Face Meetings)
The following link is to a free online service that helps you
locate people with similar interests in your geographic area.
First, you join the service (they don’t share your information
and use it for marketing). Then you can use the service to join
or form a group of people in your area.
To Join or Form Internet/Web-Based Groups
One of the most popular online forums is the Yahoo groups.
The groups are free and the Yahoo group software provides a wide
range of functionality for members. There’s already a vast range
of established groups you can consider joining, or you can use
the software to start your own group.
General Resources About Groups
The following link is to a wide variety of types of groups
and includes information about facilitation, as well.
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