The King Arthur fans of the world will know that the Roundtable is the famed table where the king and his knights sat. As its name suggests, it has no head, implying that everyone who sits there is of equal importance in the conversation.
Fast forward to today and you’ll see that roundtables are still a thing. In fact, they’re quite popular, and for good reason. It’s a place where you can talk freely on a specific topic and debate with interested people about the issues that are on your mind. Sounds awesome, doesn’t it?
Today, roundtables are known to be a form of academic discussion. They’re also a common feature of political talk shows like Washington Week and Meet the Press, as well as some sports shows like ESPN's Around the Horn.
They are also very useful in different industries that can benefit from people collaborating, like the human resources world. MRA offers more than 70 roundtables, including HR specific groups, professional groups and executive roundtables.
If you haven’t had the experience, put on a roundtable yourself! Get some friends or colleagues together and talk about something you’re all interested in. But remember, everyone gets to participate, and everyone is entitled to their own opinion.